I really enjoyed this park/beach. It is family friendly, interactive (for kids), and relatively natural. I gave it 4 stars because the staff member at the info booth when you first come in and around the park just seemed a little bit detached. Also, while I don't mind a natural Beach the wall of seaweed before you got to the water during low tide was a little bit much. The biggest one through one time a day and clean that up it would be great. All of that being said, I would still suggest it to families with kids under 13.
Very nice, large park and beach. Huge parking lot but it's never crowded. Uniqueness: the beach is shallow for a long way, you'll walk out in two feet of water for over 1/4 of a mile. $5 to park. Ample tables for picnics near the parking lot. Near the beach there are many palm trees that offer strategic shade
Great beaches, and seemingly undiscovered by 99% of Miami, as you are so few people on the long beaches or in the surf, which is just really weird (maybe it’s just “too far” for people to drive to on Key Biscayne, or it shows how most Miamians can’t even scrounge up the modest park entrance fees to get into the parking lots?). Those parking lots are ENORMOUS, and even during the height of the Lipton aka Miami Open Tennis Tourney, it was just never even 30% full — so what were these vast things built to accommodate, exactly? It’s so enormous, the common areas always look shabby and “rustic”, under-invested in, as … what would be the point, since people seemed to be discouraged from coming here, perhaps by Key Biscayne residents, who don’t want the local traffic. Beach chairs will set you back $25-30 to rent, and forget about eating at the one kiosk vendor. Other than that, amazing beaches and great low tide sandbars allow you to wade FAR into the surf and create “mini-lagoons” for little kids and parents alike to enjoy. But could be SO MUCH MORE of a destination and deserves more investment to add to the natural beauty.
I don’t know what happened to this place since a year ago. Last year was so beautiful and clean, well maintain. Every time I go there now it is worse. So much dirty and junk, not just from people but all the dead seaweed covering the entire beach. This place smells sooo bad you can smell it from far away. You can’t even see the ocean anymore. Used ti be beautiful and clean. No one is taking care of it and now looks disgusting
What an amazing find! This retired zoo still hosts a wonderful selection of exotic birds, iguanas, alligators, and a few rabbits. It was a treat to walk the loops with kids and look out for new creatures. And the beach is beautiful, with covered eating areas and bathrooms readily available.