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Crandon Park Beach

Key Biscayne, Florida, USA


Crandon Park Beach


Beach lodging


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The Ritz-Carlton

455 Grand Bay Drive

Key Biscayne, FL  33149
(305) 365-4505


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Beach dining and restaurants


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La Carrreta Restaurant

12 Crandon Boulevard
Key Biscayne, FL 33149-1410
(305) 365-1177

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Beach activities and services  

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South Florida Kiteboarding

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(954) 927-7002


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The Scoop: Beach articles and information

In the words of Dr. Beach

Crandon Beach at the entrance to Key Biscayne is a much larger park with ample parking and many volleyball nets.  The sand is light gray and the beach is incredibly wide forming almost a tombolo near the south end.  This seaward bulge of the beach is controlled by offshore sand shoals that can knock waves down to big ripples.  By contrast, the sand is much coarser, the beach demonstrably steeper, and kids surf on the nearby beach at the SoBe jetty; what a difference there is between two beaches that are so close together.  Crandon's clear turquoise water is great for bathing and the beach offers a fine view of the giant cruise ships leaving the Port of Miami (the Cruise Capital of the World) en rouge to the Caribbean - and vice versa.  But the bottom is so gradually sloping that it is hard to find swimming depth water at low tide until you are far offshore.  There is also little wave energy here so that the sea grass grows close to shore, and the very fine sand on the bottom is mixed with mud in some areas, making it less appealing to bathers.  My kids loved watching the small sting rays skirt away as we walked out to them in the shallow water.


Beach Details

"Crandon Park's beautiful two-mile beach is consistently named among the top ten beaches in the nation. It is one of the most popular recreation destinations in all of Miami-Dade County, enjoyed by millions of residents and tourists each year.


The beach is celebrated for its pristine sand, calm water, winding promenade, concession stands, multiple picnic areas with tables and grills, and convenient parking for over 3,000 vehicles. Near the beach is Crandon's Family Amusement Center. Crandon's famous offshore sandbar protects swimmers from a crashing surf. The sandbar changes constantly because of seasonal squalls, storms and currents. It is enjoyed by many people who swim to it and walk or wade along its length.


The beach is what's called a lagoon style, or low surf impact beach, and the shoreline varies--sloping from wading depth to six to twelve feet, depending on the tide. Lifeguards patrol from thirteen elevated towers, set about 150 yards apart in the areas of heavy usage. They keep beach-goers informed as to surf, sand and weather conditions."



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Beach parking and beach access

Sunrise - Sunset
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., seven days a week


Beach swimming

Lagoon style beach


Beach water temperature

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Beach safety concerns

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Beach environmental matters

Visitors to the park can explore the various ecosystems of the Key including the dunes, mangroves, and coastal hammock and seagrass beds; and observe herons, ospreys and many brilliantly colored butterflies.  The Island is also home to rare and beautiful plants like the beach peanut, Biscayne prickly ash and the coontie.


The beautiful sandy beach, coastal dunes and tropical hardwood hammocks are an important nesting and feeding ground for migrating songbirds, hawks and sea turtles.  Seagrass beds provide a home for mangrove snapper, parrotfish, crabs, shrimp, sea stars and puffer fish.


The Bear Cut Preserve located in Crandon Park is a designated natural Environment Study Area, and serves as a window to the wilderness that was once South Florida.  Miami-Dade Parks’ naturalists guide visitors through the Preserve to explore the hammock, ocean and beach communities and see the amazing animals and plants that inhabit South Florida.



Special Needs and Disabled or Wheelchair Access

The tennis center, nature center, amusement area, cabanas, marina and gardens are accessible to persons with disabilities.  The best beach access for wheelchair users is at the north end of parking lot 3, where there are accessible parking, shelters, showers, concession stand and chickee hut in sand with connecting sidewalk. See "find a beach" for beach wheelchair information.



Beach pet policy

Dogs are not permitted.



Shopping on or near the beach

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Beach facilities

Cabanas, Showers, Picnic Tables, Marina, Golf, Tennis and Skating.


Bicycling, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing,  Swimming, Tennis, Eco-Adventure tours offered,  Contains Nature Center and Self – Guided Nature Trails, Mangrove Boardwalk to a Fossilized Reef Overlook, Guided Tram Tours of Bear Cut Preserve; Bird and Butterfly Walks, and Historical Nature Walks Through a Preserve.



Beach fun facts

The land Crandon Park occupies was once part of the largest coconut plantation in the United States, operated by William John Matheson and his heirs.  

Source:  Wikipedia



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