Key Biscayne is a lovely island neighbourhood located south of Miami Beach and east of Miami. It is linked to the mainline by the Rickenbacker Causeway. The area is actually an island barrier, 7 miles long and 2 miles wide. It is beautifully green and lush with dazzling beaches.
This oasis of green and calm has been retained over the years because there are two major parks within the islands boundaries, Crandon Park to the north and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park to the south and as a result development has been successfully restricted.
The Cape Florida State Park a real gem and home to the 95-foot tall Cape Florida Lighthouse which is the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. The park’s beach has the reputation of being one of the best in the United States and is regularly featured in America’s list of its top 10 beaches. As well as the beach and the lighthouse, the park has cycling and walking trails, fishing concessions, picnic areas and No Name Harbour. No Name Harbour was once a hideaway cove for pirates, smugglers and wreckers. It is incredibly picturesque and now home to one of Miami’s hidden gems: The Boater’s Grill restaurant. This restaurant has an enviable location overlooking the pretty harbour and is well-known for its fresh seafood and Cuban food, as well as its idyllic setting. Alternatively you can grill your own catch at one of the designated barbeque pits in the picnic area. At the northern end of the island is Crandon Park, this too has miles of golden sandy beaches and is a hub for all kinds of sports activities. Here you can play tennis, golf, windsurf, jet ski, sail or join a snorkelling or diving trip. On neighbouring Hobbie Island is Miami’s only dog friendly beach: Hobbie beach. Whilst next door on Virginia Key is Miami’s smallest beach, the historic Virginia Key Beach, which is listed on America’s National Register of Historic Places because of its designation as a “coloured-only” beach from 1945 – 1947. On Virginia Key you will also find Miami Seaquarium. Between Virginia Key and Crandon Park is the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Centre where you can learn about the fascinating ecosystem of this island barrier and see baby sea turtles released into the wild. Nearby and just off the Rickenbacker Causeway is the Rusty Pelican, this restaurant is well known locally for its modern American cooking, it’s waterfront dining and amazing view of the Miami mainland.
Hidden Gem: Nahuen – This small cafe and deli is the go to place for Patagonian delicacies. Set in an quiet corner of The Square mall this little shop has an outstanding selection of Argentinian wines, a delicious bakery, superb coffee and renowned butchers.
Click here for more information about Nahuen: http://nahuen.com/
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