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Biscayne National Park

 

In the southeast part of the state, near Homestead

 

The 180,000-acre park, 95% of which is water, is a wonderful place to  boat, sail, fish, snorkel, dive, and camp. The park protects a deep green forest of mangroves, and its water provides habitat for the Florida spiny lobster, shrimp, fish, sea turtles, and manatees. Its stunning emerald islands, fringed with mangroves, contain tropical hardwood forests, and its coral reefs support a kaleidoscope of fish, plants, and other animals. The park was established as a national monument in 1968 and redesignated a park in 1980.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

 

Boating (rentals, Miami and Key Largo), canoeing (Convoy Point), diving, fishing, sailing, snorkeling. Facilities: Visitor center and 3 videos in English and Spanish (Convoy Point, 9 mi east of Homestead on S.W. 328th St.), nature trails on keys. Book sales area, grills, picnic tables. Programs & Events: Glass-bottom boat trips to islands and reefs, snorkel trips, scuba diving. Tips & Hints: To see the park, either bring your own boat, or make reservations with Biscayne National Underwater Park, Inc. (tel. 305/230-1100) to go on boat tours or snorkel or dive trips, or take water taxi service to the islands (campers). Bring your own water. Only Elliott Key has drinking water. Busiest Nov.-Apr, least crowded May-Oct.

 

FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS

 

Free. Glass-bottom boat trips: $24.45 adults, $16.45 ages 12 and under, $19.45 ages 62 and over. Snorkel trips: $35 per person. Canoe rentals: $9 per hour. Kayak rentals: $16 per hour.

Biscayne National Park on the map