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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  • Beautiful place in South Miami, if you have a rental car you arrive in 10 minutes. entrance to the park with just 8 dollars and possibility of parking areas, beach not equipped and spacious greenery for fabulous grilled. Here a swim and a barbecue would be on top. Go for it.
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  • Very pretty place especially for by bicycle, avoid midday in July for this activity
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  • 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 »
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  • The lighthouse is a must see! This is a wonderful place to get unobstructed views of the entire city of Miami and the coast from more than one hundred feet in height. And the only thing about this lighthouse is that it has an outdoor terrace that surrounds it at the top, which allows you to get out. Except for the fact that there were so many people below waiting for the opportunity to come, I would have stayed there all day. The views are spectacular
  • A definite must visit for locals and tourists alike. Admission is free for handicap visitors with proper identification, a big plus. A world away from downtown Miami and the throngs of Europeans and South Americans (and New Yorkers!) choking South Beach. 2 good lunch options, at least on weekends (may not be open weekdays). Bike rentals at the end. Lighthouse visit also recommended, and the beaches are quiet and not crowded (you can rent 2 beach chairs and umbrella for $20, when it’s staffed). NEGATIVE: bike riders on Key Biscayne have to also pay to enter the park, even if just going for a quick ride down and back. Seems absurd. Also, there can be a backup on weekends to enter the park; I’ve seen 15 car long waits as there is only one state park attendant on duty. But, they do take credit cards to enter, LOL.
  • It's a great place to end your tour of the Miami beaches, as the lighthouse is the perfect place to watch the sunset from. It's a bit more remote than other beaches and it will take you about 30 minutes to get there, but it's worth doing. The park entrance fees are $8 for cars, $2 per pedestrian or $4 per motorcycle.
  • Beautiful park located on tip of Key Biscayne where old light house still stands today. $8 for car or $4 if solo. Shelter rentals available as well as fishing pier, beaches and cafe. If having a picnic, be aware of the raccoons, they are hungry and aggressive. Loads of different lizards too that tend to give you a scare if not paying attention.
  • This was quite the find. This turned out to be a very nice beach. The only thing I did not like were all the people around us that smoked! There are bathrooms near by and there is even a grill if you want to buy food. You can also rent umbrellas and chairs, but make sure you bring cash. It will cost you $8 to get into the park, but you have to pay for parking anywhere you go in that area. Check out the lighthouse.

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