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Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.4/5 based on 60 reviews on the web
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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  • My family and I always visit the "Light House beach" as we call it. Little beach away from the masses, near the locals on Key Biscayne. Great views of Stiltsville. We rented a two seat bike here this ...  read more »
  • Bill Baggs State park is a great option for people who like a more relaxed and secluded beach experience in Miami. The Food options are limited and facilities are adequate. The nature trail and bike t...  read more »
  • Beach not crowded with white sand, clean water with some small fish, Park to visit full of Iguanas a thousand different colors, interesting visit the lighthouse from where you can get some great pictures to the skyline of Miami. Council to dedicate a day.
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  • We visited his place on different occasions. We enjoyed swimming there but BE careful to swim on the areas where the sea level is crowded green. I am not sure about their names but there are creatures under the water among the green which their reaction, if you step over them, is with many thistle like. Very painful and long process to take them out! Other than this, generally a good place to enjoy the weekend and take sunbath.
  • This is an absolute perfect place to take your family, and spend the entire day. There are nature walks , the beach is huge, clean. Parking is very close. Piers, perfect place for pictures. The light house built in 1825 is the oldest in Florida. Canoe , kayak , bike rentals. Perfect for snorkeling, even for teaching kids to snorkel . Take a little bread or chips with you to the beach and the small fish will eat right out of your hand. Restaurants and a cafe. BBQ's , if you like to grill, and plenty of picnic tables under gazebos. Just don't forget your Mosquito Repellant!! Florida is known for its mosquitos. If you need any assistance the park rangers are always available and willing to help. And Boy Scouts , don't forget to pickup your scavenger hunt and patch at the entrance. Ohhhh and fishing is great. Almost forgot to mention, sea turtles!!!!
  • Nice beach. Gets a bit crowded but it has really nice views ans scenery.
  • It's a nice place, but you have to pay $8 to enter. It's not as secluded as one might think, as there are always a decent amount of people there on the weekends. The beach has seaweed on it, but that's not a problem in my opinion. The lighthouse makes it cute. I like this beach!
  • The beach was nice, lighthouse tour was informative and beautiful. You can climb the lighthouse to top and the view is breathtaking. No dogs are allowed on beach. They are allowed in the park on the hiking trails only. You can rent chairs and umbrellas on beach but staff in charge of distribution on ATV's were annoying, constantly riding back and forth.
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