This county-run park stretches from the mangroves lining Biscayne Bay to the wonderful Crandon Park Beach. The beach is celebrated for its 2 miles of pristine sand, calm water, winding promenade, concession stands, multiple picnic areas with tables and grills and is by far the most popular beach venue in Miami. With over 3,000 parking spaces, how can it not be. On summer weekends, if you arrive after noon, it's hard to find a parking spot. The furthest ones are a really long haul to the beach.
If you want more variety than just a beach, continue on and you will discover the Crandon Park Beach Amusement Centre featuring a carousel, outdoor skating rink, splash fountain and a playground. If you can still keep going after all that, there are the Crandon Park Beach Gardens. Here you will find a manicured, very tame garden complete with lakes, as well as a wild tropical forest with overhanging vines and various ferns.
Visitors to the park can explore the various ecosystems of the Key including the dunes, mangroves, and coastal hammock and sea grass beds; and observe herons, ospreys and many brilliantly colored butterflies. The Island is also home to rare and beautiful plants like the beach peanut, Biscayne prickly ash and the coontie.
The beautiful sandy beach, coastal dunes and tropical hardwood hammocks are an important nesting and feeding ground for migrating songbirds, hawks and sea turtles. Sea grass beds provide a home for mangrove snapper, parrotfish, crabs, shrimp, sea stars and puffer fish.
The Bear Cut Preserve located in Crandon Park is a designated natural Environment Study Area, and serves as a window to the wilderness that was once South Florida. Miami-Dade Parks’ naturalists guide visitors through the Preserve to explore the hammock, ocean and beach communities and see the amazing animals and plants that inhabit South Florida. Stop off at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Center for information on eco-adventure tours; self-guided nature trails; a mangrove boardwalk to a fossilized reef overlook; guided tram tours of Bear Cut Preserve; bird and butterfly walks; historical nature walks through the preserve as well as cabana and kayak rentals.
Across from Crandon Park is the world famous Tennis Center at Crandon Park, scene of the Sony Ericsson Open in February and a beautiful public championship 18-hole golf course.
B (102)From Brickell Metrorail Station over Rickenbacker Causeway to Key Biscayne. All buses pass Seaquarium and Crandon Beach Park. Alternative buses continue to the entrance of Bill Baggs (Cape Florida) State Park. Every 30 mins.
Crandon Park Beach Admission Fees: US$ 5.00 Parking Fee, any number of persons. 3,000 spaces. Walk-ins at no charge.
Crandon Park Beach
Kids at Crandon Park Beach