Biscayne National Park

 


Biscayne National Park Biscayne National Park is a wonderful place to visit. The mangrove shoreline, crystal clear waters, emerald isles, and living coral reefs attract near 500,000 visitors a year. Most visitors enter the park by private boat. They fish, cruise, and enjoy the waters of the park. They picnic and camp on the islands. And with snorkel or dive tanks, they explore the exciting kaleidoscope of life which is the living coral reefs.

The rest of the park's visitors arrive by car at Convoy Point, location of the park's headquarters and the Dante Fascell Visitor Center. Here visitors can picnic, fish, canoe, explore the Visitor Center, or take a boat tour.

Convoy Point offers a tranquil setting with picnic tables and charcoal grills, a canoe beach where one can launch their own canoe, kayak, or sailboard, and a picturesque boardwalk which takes you along the shoreline out to the rock jetty beside the boat channel heading to the bay. Fishing is permitted in the park in accordance with Florida State fishing regulations and licensing requirements.

The Dante Fascell Visitor Center, completed in the summer of 1997, offers information, exhibits, park videos, book sales, and a wonderful veranda complete with rocking chairs and great view.

Biscayne National Park is 95% water, so seeing anything beyond the visitor center area requires a boat. The park's concessioner offers several options, including glass-bottom boat tours, snorkel and dive trips and island excursions. Canoes and kayaks are an ideal way to explore the park's mangrove shoreline, and can be rented from the park's concessioner.

Camping Fees:
$15 per night for up to 6 people
$30 per night for group camping. Reservations required.
$20 per night for boat camping in two available harbors. Includes use of one campsite for up to 6 people.

Getting There:
Convoy Point (park headquarters and the Dante Fascell Visitor Center) is located nine miles east of Homestead, Florida, on SW 328 Street.

From North

From the Florida Turnpike: Take the Florida Turnpike south, to Exit 6 (Speedway Blvd.). Turn left from exit ramp and continue south to S.W. 328th Street (North Canal Drive). Turn left and continue to the end of the road. It is approximately five miles, and the entrance is on the left.

From US-1: Drive south to Homestead. Turn left on SW 328th Street (North Canal Drive), and continue to the end of the road. It is approximately nine miles, and the entrance is on the left.

From South

US-1 (Overseas Hwy), drive north to Homestead. Turn right on SW 328th Street (North Canal Drive--first light after Florida Turnpike entrance), and continue to the end of the road. It is approximately nine miles, and the entrance is on the left.