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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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  • Nice relaxing park. Great views. The lighthouse was closed on a Wednesday. A little disappointed after I paid $8.00 to enter park.  more »
  • We bicycled down from the middle of town and saved a few bucks on the park entrance fee. The park doesn't open until 8 in the morning. There were lots of birds and iguana, and of course the tropical p...  more »
  • The park costs 8$ per car and is well worth it. The lighthouse is free with park admission. You can also see the stilt houses offshore from the park.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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$
  • 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.
  • My beach. The fact that you can go and get an umbrella and 2 chairs and that you don't have to carry your own... Priceless! Usually the water is nice and clean and great when you have kids. Very safe!
  • Great get away during the week. Quiet place with mice beaches. Check out the light house cafe good food at affordable prices pleasantly surprised at the quality.