Biscayne National Park off the eastern coast of Florida and at the northern tip of the Keys is the coolest place to explore marine life. This subtropic zone supports 4 ecosystems.
These ecosystems are a mangrove forest on the main shoreline, south Biscayne Bay with seagrass meadow bottoms, the north Florida Keys with hard bottom ocean, hardwood hammocks and the third largest coral reef in the world. You can see turtles, manatees, pelicans and about a million types of tropical fish here.
The spiny lobster sanctuary in Biscayne Bay is a breeding habitat for spiny or Caribbean lobsters, which are warm-water crustaceans that don't have the big meaty claws like Maine lobsters do. You can camp in Elliot Key, and tour the closed canopy forest on Adams Key. We took a row boat through Hurricane Creek and snorkeled.
We also rented paddle boards for a morning, which was really fun in the calm waters of Jones Lagoon. Mangroves rise up out of the clear, still waters and we saw tons of wildlife there.
Have you ever been to Biscayne? I'd love to hear about other people's experiences there.
The coral reefs of Biscayne
Boca Chita Key Lighthouse
“Camp, boat, paddle, swim, hike, snorkel and explore.”
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