"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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Lagoon style beach
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beach flag warning signs for information on beach safety.
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.
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.
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
Dogs are not
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and services in Key Biscayne.
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.
Crandon Park occupies was once part of the largest coconut
plantation in the United States, operated by William John
Matheson and his heirs.