Photo courtesy of Tiberio Lobo-Navia
The Crandon Park beaches run along two miles of the northeast portion of Key Biscayne, an island that can be accessed via the Rickenbacker Causeway. Key Biscayne itself is a quiet, primarily residential island that is famous for its celebrity houses (the house from the movie “Scarface” is here) and is visited often for its pristine beaches. Crandon Park, both the northern and southern portion, is a natural beach lined with seaweed and bordered by sand dunes and jutting palm trees.
The expansive park is home to an array of ecosystems, which can be explored by visitors on a guided eco-adventure tour offered by the Crandon Park Visitor and Nature Center. The mangrove trails are home to several migrating birds, which nest in the trees; and the seagrass beds are a breeding ground for several local fish and aquatic life. The most spectacular creatures here are the Loggerhead sea turtles, which come ashore to lay their eggs. In the summer months, visitors can get a front row spot in the sand to watch as the hatchlings are released into the sea.
Photo courtesy of Tiberio Lobo NaviaCrandon isn’t all just about appreciating the peaceful quietude of nature. The beach entrance is lined with picnic tables and barbecue grills, and the concession area offers bike, paddleboard and kayak rentals. For the more adventurous, they also offer kite-board equipment rentals and lessons. Every day, the coastline is speckled with colorful kite-boarders, jumping waves that tend to stay away from the shore. Inland, Crandon is a low impact surf beach, and when the tide goes out it looks almost like a lagoon. You can walk nearly 50 feet into the ocean and never have water pass your hips. Open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset, this is truly a beach for everyone.