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Welcome to Key Biscayne
This sunny sliver of land just a short drive from the big city offers visitors the complete package for a terrific holiday. Enjoy the outdoors on the beautiful beaches and two major parks, while underwater adventurers will be dazzled by the coastal barrier reef.
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Hotels in Key Biscayne
Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne
Experience a luxurious Miami holiday at this resort which captures the spirit of the Caribbean. Take a dip in one of the pools, get pampered in the spa and energise at the gym or on the tennis courts. Once you’ve finished being busy, you can dine on dishes from across the globe at one of the finest Biscayne Bay hotels. If you’re travelling with children, they can have an adventure of their own at the Ritz Kids club. This hotel really does have something for everyone.
Things to do on Key Biscayne holidays
Find Key Biscayne’s hidden historical treasures
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Nestled on 10 acres of shoreline, this National Historic Landmark, which was once home to the agricultural industrialist James Deering, has been beautifully restored to its Gilded Age heritage. In the main house, you will see European antiques and art, while lush tropical gardens surround the property. After a tour, enjoy lunch at the Vizcaya Cafe and Shop.
Cauley Square Historic Village
Step back in time and stroll along the landscaped pathways and peruse antique shops and boutiques. Visit the Village Chalet Restaurant and the Tea Room, filled with delicate china, crystal and lace.
Dancing in Key Biscayne
Ballet Flamenco La Rosa
Reefs & wrecks, explore Key Biscayne’s waters
Miami’s Natural & Artificial Reefs & Wreck Dives
Neptune Memorial Reef
Biscayne Freighter Wreck
DEMA Trader Wreck
Rio Miami Wreck
Half Moon Preserve Wreck
Step aboard Thriller Miami’s 42-foot vessel and zoom past sites like Monument Island, Fisher Island and South Beach to the open Atlantic Ocean, at speeds of up to 50 mph. Ocean Force Adventures sets out from the Miami Beach Marina on high-speed Zodiacs and tours include Star Island’s celebrity homes and Biscayne Bay’s historic Stiltsville homes. Tropical Sailing boasts a fleet of sailing and power catamarans docked at Miamarina. There are daily trips and activities include snorkelling and sunset sailing.
Vessels from fishing boats to mega yachts are available for private hire, with or without a local guide. Check out Y Charter Miami, Tropical Boat Charters or Biscayne Lady Yacht Charters. The Boatday app and Sailo.com offer charter options tied to the sharing economy. If you wish to spend a little longer on the water, take a Caribbean cruise from PortMiami, home to all of the major cruise lines.
National & state parks
Biscayne National Park
A great base to explore Miami’s unique coastline and ecosystem. Offshore snorkelling takes place at the outer reefs, such as Half Moon and Emerald Reef, and there’s also snorkelling along the mangrove coastline. The Maritime Heritage Trail offers the opportunity to scuba or snorkel around the remains of six wrecks. The newest addition to the trail is the Fowey Rocks Lighthouse.
Relax on the beach, kiteboard or get sporty at the tennis centre and golf course. From the marina, you can join a sea kayak and snorkel adventure and watch the sunset as you paddle through a mangrove forest.
Oleta River State Park
Popular for its 15 miles of mountain biking trails, this 1,000 acres of green space it’s also a prime spot to explore the mangrove estuaries by water. Take a sunset or full moon kayak tour. See tiny black crabs scurrying along mangrove roots and wading birds like herons and egrets.
Yoga & mindfullness in Key Biscayne
Bayfront Park hosts free Miami yoga classes during the week at the Tina Hills Pavilion overlooking Biscayne Bay and at Little Havana’s Jose Marti Park and the Little Haiti Cultural Centre in the spring and summer months. Test your strength and balance while convening with nature by practising yoga on a stand-up paddleboard with SUP Yoga at Crandon Park.
Wildlife & reserves for relaxing in Key Biscayne
Deering Estate at Cutler
Go wild on the 444-acre Deering Estate at Cutler, a reserve that offers environmental, archaeological and historical treats. The Estate offers daily tours of the historic houses – the Stone House and Richmond Cottage, as well as expert-led tours of the lush natural areas where fossil bones have been found that date back 50,000 years. The Canoe Tour is a popular excursion from September-May with a stop on Chicken Key, a seven-acre mangrove island and bird rookery about a mile offshore. See manatees and sea turtles on the morning paddle, while moonlight tour-goers can enjoy a campfire with s’mores on Chicken Key.
Entertain the family at this marine-life entertainment park with daily shows. A killer whale dives through the air while sea lions make children laugh. See slithery moray eels lurk in coral reef caverns and giant sharks patrol their territory. It’s also home to endangered sea turtles and manatees.