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Kayaking at Key Biscayne

Listed under Kayaking in Florida, United States.

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Key Biscayne - separate yet connected to the urban sprawl of Miami across the bay, is an easy way to launch into several kayak expeditions that display different sides of the marine, wildlife and topography of this south Florida region. Many water sport lovers make the trek across the causeway to the open space and slower pace of Key Biscayne to take advantage of wind and water conditions -- sailing, surfing, windsurfing being the big draws. At the same time, there are areas that are also ideal for kayaking which are best accessible through the county's parks divison's monthly schedule of activities. The alternative is to rent a kayak and bring it over from Miami or, more easily for many, rent one right at the local beach rental concession on Key Biscayne.

One kayaking expedition organized by the parks' "eco-adventures" program begins at Crandon Park and takes you around the shallows of Key Biscayne to explore the protected areas of Bear Cut Preserve, along the way enjoying lots of sightings of marine residents like eagle rays and sea stars, while onshore and above you will observe the coastal birds. Bring along snorkeling gear to take advantage of the calm waters and getting up even closer to the tropical fish. Another paddle that begins from Crandon Park emphasizes the local and migratory bird life of the area, with your guide pointing out the various species. Look forward to everything from elegant herons to occasional lively parrots. Key Biscayne's landscape varies from long stretches of white powdered sand to areas of rock and boulder and occasional dense mangrove. The parks team uses top-seated kayaks, which is also what you usually find available for rental locally. Wear close-toed shoes, and do not forget your sunblock, a hat and sunglasses -- an overcast day in Miami can turn relentlessly brilliant in just a heartbeat.

Written by  Hal Peat.

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