Best Beach Rating
One of the more unique qualities of Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is the historic lighthouse located in the park. The lighthouse lies at the southern end of the beach, although it isn’t accessible from the beach itself. You can access it from paths off the parking lot. Guided tours of the lighthouse are offered twice a day, Thursday through Monday, at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM.
In terms of the beach itself, this is an excellent beach for relaxing. It’s rarely crowded, all the necessities are close by, and the water is very inviting. This makes Bill Baggs an excellent swimming beach since the sand gradually drops off upon entering the water and, depending on weather conditions, the water is warm with little to no waves or current. Nevertheless, there is no lifeguard here so check the warning flags for that day’s swimming conditions and always stay away from the channel where the ocean and Biscayne Bay intersect as there are strong currents here.
- Walking on the beach
- Bird watching
- Lighthouse tours
- Biking on the bike trails
- Hiking on the nature trails
- Public bathrooms – Yes.
- Showers – Yes.
- Parking – Yes, for a fee.
- Food – Yes, at the Lighthouse Cafe.
- Lifeguard – No.
- Dogs allowed on the beach – No.
Beach chairs, umbrellas, and kayaks are available for rent on the beach.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park is located in Key Biscayne, Florida. To reach the beach at Bill Baggs take the Rickenbacker Causeway/Crandon Boulevard south to the park entrance. After entering the park, continue on Crandon Boulevard until it turns into Cape Florida Park Boulevard. Then continue on Cape Florida Park Boulevard to the parking lot at the southernmost end of the park. You can access the beach and the lighthouse from this parking lot.
To many joyful beach experiences!
— Lisa Dworkin
People on the beach photo courtesy of http://tinyurl.com/4zt3f3w
Lighthouse at sunset photo courtesy of http://tinyurl.com/4w7ysww
Aerial photo courtesy of http://tinyurl.com/4u5stx8
Other photos courtesy of Lisa Dworkin