Biscayne National Park

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LOCATION
Convoy Point, Homestead, Florida - Park headquarters and the park visitor center are located at Convoy Point. The visitor center, which has exhibits and schedules of park activities, is open daily. Convoy Point also has a picnic area with tables, fire grills, and restrooms, and a short trail that provides views of the marine life and birds of Biscayne Bay. The Convoy Point parking area is open 8 a.m. to sunset.

ADDRESS
Biscayne National Park
9700 SW 328th Street
Homestead, FL 33033-5634
www.nps.gov/bisc

TELEPHONE
(305) 230-7275

E-MAIL
BISC_Information@nps.gov

DIRECTIONS
If traveling by car from the north to Convoy Point, take the Florida Turnpike, and then the Homestead extension of the Florida Turnpike south to Exit 6 (Speedway Blvd.). Turn left from exit ramp and continue south to SW 328th Street (North Canal Drive). Turn left and continue to the end of the road. It is approximately five miles, and the entrance is on the left.

US-1: Drive south to Homestead. Turn left on SW 328th Street (North Canal Drive) and continue to the end of the road. It is approximately nine miles, and the entrance is on the left.

From South to Convoy Point: US-1, drive north to Homestead. Turn right on SW 328th Street (North Canal Drive - first light after Florida Turnpike entrance) and continue to the end of the road. It is approximately nine miles, and the entrance is on the left.

If traveling by air, Miami International Airport is about 35 miles from Convoy Point. Car rentals are available at the airport. There is no public transportation to the park.

CAMPING
Campgrounds are not available on the park's mainland. Several nearby private mainland campgrounds and trailer parks in Homestead, Florida City, and South Miami do have campsites for trailers, mobile homes, and tents. Everglades National Park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and other area state parks also have campgrounds. They are open year-round.

LODGING
Lodging is available in Homestead and Florida City. Campgrounds are available on Elliott Key and Boca Chita Key. Reservations are not accepted for individual campsites. Access to Boca Chita Key and Elliott Key is by boat only. For those who do not have their own boat transportation, the park's concessioner can provide transportation for campers. Call (305) 230-1100 for transportation reservations (advance reservations are highly recommended). Camping is only allowed in the two designated campgrounds. Backcountry camping is not allowed in the park. For more information about these campgrounds, call (305) 230-7275.

BOAT TOURS
A Park concessioner offers glass-bottom boat tours of the bay and reefs, snorkeling and scuba diving trips to the reefs, and occasional island excursions for picnicking and hiking. All tours leave from Convoy Point. The concessioner has snorkeling and scuba equipment for sale or rent and canoe rentals. For information call Biscayne National Underwater Park, Inc. at (305) 230-1100.

NEARBY SERVICES AND ACCOMMODATIONS
Homestead, Miami, and the Florida Keys have a wide range of hotels and motels. Reservations are recommended. They also have a variety of restaurants, service stations, groceries, and other stores. Nearby public marinas provide boat launch ramps and fuel and often charter or rent sail and motor boats.

WEATHER
Biscayne's subtropical climate is characterized by warm, wet summers (May through October) and mild, dry winters (November through April). Expect abundant sunshine and high humidity year-round. High temperatures average in the high 80s and low 90s F in summer and in the mid-70s and low 80s F in winter. Annual rainfall fluctuates greatly, but 65 inches or more are common. Most rain falls in summer in brief, intense afternoon thunderstorms. Summer and fall are peak seasons for tropical storms and hurricanes.


Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 8 Nov 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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