Crandon Park in Key Biscayne has long been a favorite of locals looking for a fun relaxing day with the family.
The beaches, all three miles of them, are wide, shallow, with gentle waves, which makes them a little paradise for kids.
The beaches are very low key and don't feel as crowded as say, South Beach, but still offer a lot of outdoor fun for the active
So if you are into a little more than a day of sunning and swimming, there are plenty of facilities for watersports or simply
enjoying a picnic.
There are volleyball nets at the beach...
Plenty of picnic tables and pavillions...
There are Kayak and paddleboard rentals, kiteboarding lessons...
Biking, jogging, rollerblading along the many paths.
For wildlife lovers, there's even a Nature Center that offers many activities and events
Although you don't have to go far to see wildlife all around the park...
And the beaches...
Some Tips for Visiting Crandon Park
The beaches extend for three miles, the park is divided into the North and South Beaches.
Both sides have plenty of parking, lifeguards and shower and restroom facilities.
At the North end you will find:
- Kayak and Standup Paddleboarding and Kiteboarding rentals and lessons, an hour rental for a double kayak starts at $20
- Snack Bar
- Chair and Umbrella Rentals
- The Nature Center
On the south side at the South Beach entrance near the main restroom:
- The Bike Rentals, there are single and quads
- Chair and Umbrella Rental
- Snack Bar
Click here for more info on equipment rentals, eco tours and lessons at Crandon Park.
Bring a picnic as food choices are limited to the snack bars where you can get simple fare like hot dogs, burgers and drinks.
Crandon Park Beach is a natural beach, don't be put off by the seaweed, instead, grab a snorkel and take a closer look. It is a necessary
natural habitat for many little critters and really fun for kids to watch and learn.
Parking is plentiful, but as all other Miami beaches, weekends are crowded.
July, August and September are sea turtle season. Sea turtles have laid their eggs and the hatchlings are coming out.
The nests are marked, please do not disturb! Crandon Park also conducts Sea Turtle Awareness and Hatchling Release Programs during the season, learn more here.
Besides the beach, the Crandon Park complex also includes:
- Crandon Park Marina, for boat docking and launch, diving facilities, fishing charters
- Crandon Park Tennis Center, 27 courts and previous home of the Miami Open
- Crandon Park Golf Course, a championship 18-hole golf course and the only public course on the Bay
Crandon Park at a Glance
Where?: Key Biscayne at 4000 Crandon Boulevard
Crandon Park is located in Key Biscayne. Getting to Key Biscayne from Miami is easy via the Rickenbacker Causeway, which is
a toll bridge.
It will cost you $2.25 to cross, you only pay once when entering Key Biscayne.
There are gorgeous views of the Miami skyline and the bay as you cross the bridge which alone are just worth the toll price.
Follow the main road, Crandon Park will be on the left. There are entrances for the North and South Beaches.
Parking: Plentiful, but tight on weekends. Crandon Park has some of the largest parking lots of any of the local beaches,
but on weekends the lots fill up quick.
Entrance/Parking Fee: $7 per Vehicle on weekends $5 on weekdays
Restrooms and Showers: Yes
Other ammenities: Beach chair and umbrella rentals, kayak rental and launch, paved paths for walking and biking,
biking rentals, paddleboards and kitesurfing
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