Biscayne NP

 

Biscayne National Park

From the Everglades NP, we drove over to the Biscayne National Park headquarters and Dante Fascell Visitor Center at Convoy Point, which are located nine miles east of Homestead, Florida, on SW 328 Street.

Biscayne NP is for snorkeling, fishing and boating. It is 95% water, so seeing anything beyond the visitor center area requires a boat. There are camp sites on  two of its 42 keys or small  islands.

In the 1960s, developers proposed to sprinkle resorts on Biscayne Bay's keys. Indeed, there was actually a plan to build a bridge from Miami to the Park keys. Thanks largely to the efforts of the Izaak Walton League, Biscayne was designated a national monument by President Jimmy Carter in 1968 for  its "rare combination of terrestrial, marine, and amphibious life in a tropical setting of great natural beauty." In 1980, Congress authorized new acquisitions of the bay's keys and reefs and changed Biscayne's status to a national park. Today Biscayne NP is a nice place for folks from the Miami area to have a picnic.