Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne

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Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park occupies approximately the southern third of the island of Key Biscayne, at coordinates. The park includes the Cape Florida Light, the oldest standing structure in Greater Miami. In 2005 the park was ranked as having the 8th best beach in the country, and in 2013 Forbes ranked it at 7th.The park is named in honor of Bill Baggs, editor of The Miami News from 1957 until his death in 1969. He worked to protect the land from development, to preserve some of the key in its natural state, and was also a civil rights activist.In 2004 a large historical marker was erected at the site to mark it as part of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Trail, as hundreds of Black Seminoles, many fugitive slaves, escaped from here to freedom in the Bahamas, settling mostly on Andros Island. In the early 1820s, some 300 American slaves reached the Bahamas, aboard 27 sloops and many canoes. The US National Park Service is working with the Bahamas, particularly the African Bahamanian Museum and Research Center (ABAC) in Nassau, to develop interpretive programs at Red Bays, Andros.
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  • October 2, 2017
    Very pretty place especially for by bicycle, avoid midday in July for this activity
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  • August 19, 2017
    This wonderful state park is located at the southern tip of Key Biscayne and though within the limits of metropolitan Miami seems many miles away from any major urban area. There's a nice natural beac...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    arenas, plants, lizards, birds and enjoying a festive day, exercise, sunshine and food premises.
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  • June 14, 2017
    Good for families. Make sure you visit the light house and climb up to look at the mesmerizing views of Atlantic. Its a 108 steep steps climb so be ready to sweat it out :) There is a clean family beach besides the light house which is a must go too. Lots of parking space available. Entry per car is 8$
  • May 26, 2017
    Bill Baggs has to be one of the best beaches in South Florida. It is perfect for a relaxing afternoon, away from the city. It is definitely less congested than South Beach, but offers the same beautiful white sand and amazingly clear water. Just make sure you bring a little food and some drinks with you.
  • July 9, 2017
    The beach was great! We went in a Monday afternoon and it was not super packed. At the end of the day we went to the bathrooms and they were DISGUSTING! The lights didn't work and it was almost Sunset, so it was very dark in there. There were bugs inside the light fixtures. The sink was full of water in the handicapped bathroom. I have 2 little girls and these conditions were horrible.
  • June 18, 2017
    We went to the beach nearest the lighthouse. The water was calm but the beach was short and packed. Parking was easy and there was ample shade from trees. But we didn't see showers or water fountains where we were.
  • July 9, 2017
    Clean beach, but a little crowded on the weekends. Umbrella rentals for $10. Lighthouse tours until 5:00 pm. Places to grill and picnic, but also a restaurant. I do not know their hours of operation. Clean bathrooms and outdoor showers near the restaurant. Bike rentals on weekends, and lots of fishing spots.

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