By guest contributor Susie Abell, Branch Manager of the Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Key Biscayne office.
Just 15 minutes from downtown Miami and bordering the southern end of the Village of Key Biscayne is Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park which has the distinction of being voted “one of the 10 Best Beaches in the U.S.” With more than 1.2 miles of Atlantic shoreline and 1.4 miles fronting Biscayne Bay, it is one of the most popular parks in Florida.
Ponce de Leon saw the magic of this place when he led the first Spanish expedition to Florida in 1513 and named it Cape of Florida. The famed lighthouse was finished in 1825; however, it was damaged in the Second Seminole War and was rebuilt in 1846. It’s the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. After extensive damage from Hurricane Andrew in 1992 to the non-native Australian pine trees that dominated the landscape, the park now is home to a variety of native plants. Depending on when you visit, you can see more than 50 butterfly species and 170 bird species. You also might spot a peregrine falcon, piping plover or an American crocodile. Loggerhead sea turtles next along the beach each summer.
You can take a tour of the lighthouse, go swimming, fishing, biking and hiking or just relax with a picnic. For more information call 305.361.5811 or visit www.floridastateparks.org/capeflorida.
If you would like Cape Florida your neighbor and live on Key Biscayne, here are a few properties that are currently for sale.
Information courtesy of the Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce.