Biscayne National Park, Florida

According to Timedictionary, Biscayne National Park is located in the south of the state of Florida, in the southeastern United States. Florida’s climate is mainly characterized by warmth; it never gets colder than eighteen degrees. Summers are hot and muggy, with high humidity. However, a shower of rain often falls in the afternoon, tempering the worst of the heat. The winters are mild and dry. April through June is the time for tornadoes; a big problem in Florida.

Best travel time

The winter months are ideal for a visit to Biscayne National Park, when the worst of the heat has gone. However, this season is high season for the state, so prices and waiting times can be quite high.

Flora and fauna

Biscayne National Park is America’s largest water park, spanning over 700 square miles. 95 percent of this surface is occupied by water. Four ecosystems exist within Biscayne NP, each with its own characteristics and value to the environment: the mangrove forests along Biscayne Bay, the wide stretch of shallow water of Biscayne Bay itself, the pristine string of 32 islets of Aerial of Islands, and the coral reefs of the Florida keys.

The mangrove forests were still considered worthless until 1960, but in recent years a lot of work has been done to preserve this water world. What lives below the water surface is difficult to see because of the dark color of the water. The mangrove forests are an important breeding ground and an excellent food source for fish, which are occasionally startled by a stray barracuda. In addition, this section is seen as the lungs of Biscayne.

Throughout the year, Biscayne National Park attracts a variety of bird species, attracted by an extensive menu of fish, insects and crustaceans. Great blue herons, great egrets, ibises, and the occasional flamingos populate the shallow waters of the Arsenicker Keys.

A paradisiacal spectacle unfolds under water, especially where the coral reefs demand all the attention. More than 200 species of colorful fish, with beautiful names such as stoplight parrotfish, finger garlic sponge or princess Venus, inhabit the shallow water, which is nowhere deeper than twelve meters. Biscayne National Park is practically next to Miami.

Boating in Key Biscayne

Much of Biscayne National Park is only accessible by water. And you can do that on your own – with a sailboat, kayak or canoe – or on one of the many tour ships.

Scuba diving in Key Biscayne

The relatively shallow waters around the coral reefs are ideally suited to explore with a snorkel or bottle. The underwater world is light and warm and always provides enough views and sea creatures to make a trip worthwhile.

Hiking in Key Biscayne

There are four fairly easy trails in the park; at Convoy Point, Elliott Key and Adams Key. You can camp at one of the two park campgrounds on the islands of Boca Chita and Elliott Key.

Biscayne National Park

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