The Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is home to a 1.25-mile-long sandy Atlantic beach that has been voted as the seventh of ten of America's best beaches. The park also plays host to a historical lighthouse that was built in 1825 and is the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County.
With a plethora of activities to do and a whole host of facilities to use,Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park makes for an ideal family destination with plenty of fun, learning, and relaxation to be had. The park also allows camping and stays at its lodges and provides pavilions for parties and events.
Park Facilities and Activities
The beach plays host to many water sports, such as kayaking, hydro-biking, and jet skiing. The waters remain calm thanks to a natural reef 6miles offshore. While on the beach, visitors can take advantage of tables and chairs; these can be rented for $7 per beach chair, $10 per umbrella, while two chairs and an umbrella are available for $20.
Bikes can be rented to explore the park and range in price from $9/hour for single bicycles and $20/hour for quad bikes, which seat four. These are ideal for the nature trails on offer here and make quick work for those who are less able to endure intense or prolonged walking.
There are 18 picnic pavilions, which can be reserved as little as one day in advance and can accommodate between 40 and80 people. The rental fees are $50to $100and incur a $15 electricity charge. Make sure to clean up after use and leave it in the same condition as you found it, otherwise you will incur a $50 cleaning fee.
When you feel the need to refuel and enjoy something to eat and drink, head over to the Lighthouse Cafe or Boaters Grill and enjoy some alfresco dining overlooking the bay. Menus are available at the Lighthouse Cafe for both establishments.
Tours and Camping
Tours of the lighthouse are available from Thursday through Monday at 10:00am and 1:00pm. To be able to climb the stairs, you must be at least 42 inches tall. For non-tour visits, the lighthouse is open 7 days a week from 9:00am to5:00pm.
The park also offers the chance to stay overnight using its camping facilities. These can be reserved by calling toll-free (800) 326-3521, (866) I-CAMP-FL, or TDD (888) 433-0287.
For those who travel with pets, the park allows these on the condition that they remain on a 6-foot leash and do not create excessive noise or pose a threat to other park users. Clean up after your pet and ensure you use pet waste bins to dispose of any droppings. Dogs are not allowed on the beach, in dining areas, in the lighthouse, or in the playground. Guide dogs and service dogs are excluded from these requirements and have full access to the park.
Hours of Operation and Entry Fees
The park is open from 8:00am until sundown, 365 days a year.
$8 per vehicle(Limited to two to eight people per vehicle)
$4 single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle
$2 pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, and passengers in the vehicle with a holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass
Visitors are allowed to anchor overnight in No Name Harbor for a fee of $20 per boat per night.
1200 South Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, FL 33149, Phone: 305-361-581