Description - Named after the late Miami newspaper editor who championed this area for a state park, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is part of a large barrier island ecosystem. Following Hurricane Andrew in 1992, an extensive restoration program was undertaken. The goal of the program is to restore the natural plant communities and systems historically associated with the island.
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Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area
- Whether it's a relaxing day at the beach, a visit to the historic lighthouse or an afternoon of saltwater fishing, Cape Florida State Recreation Area offers visitors an outstanding outdoor recreational experience.
The park provides a valued retreat for urban residents who wish to escape the city to experience the Real Florida. Voted one of the "Top 10 Beaches in the U.S.," the park's 1.25 miles of wide, sandy beachfront offers visitors exceptional Atlantic swimming year-round.
Some of the best shoreline fishing in the region is available from the seawall located along Biscayne Bay. Eighteen covered pavilions provide shaded picnicking overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Biscayne Bay. "The Lighthouse Cafe" offers visitors casual oceanfront dining in a relaxed open-air setting. The concession offers a variety of rentals including bicycles, Hydrobikes, roller blades, ocean kayaks, windsurfers, beach chairs and umbrellas. The adjoining gift shop features a variety of quality gift items including souvenir T-shirts, postcards, film and beach sundries.
Guided tours of the Lighthouse and Cultural Complex are available. Overnight boat mooring is available in "No Name Harbor." Check with the park office for rates and availability.
Recreation - Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area offers camping, swimming, boating, fishing, swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. Guided tours of the lighthouse and lighthouse keepers quarters are available.
Climate - Southern Florida lies within a subtropical climate. It is usually hot and humid in the summer with brief afternoon thundershowers. It is not unusual for temperatures to exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit with averages reaching above 83 degrees Fahrenheit (above 29 Celsius). Winters are mild and dry with temperatures averaging above 64 degrees Fahrenheit (above 18 Celsius). The average precipitation for the southeast area is more than 60 inches per year. The powerful rays of the sun make it a good idea to wear hats and sunglasses along with using a SPF-15 (or above) sunscreen when planning outdoor activities.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Recreation Area is located in southeast Florida on the southern end of Key Biscayne and south of the city of Miami.