• Purple, yellow, gold and orange sponges and soft corals wave against a turquioise sea.

    Biscayne

    National Park Florida

Camping on Boca Chita Key is Free for Summer Season

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Date: April 30, 2013
Contact: Christiana Admiral, 305-230-1144, x018
Contact: Gary Bremen, 305-230-1144, x007

Although the harbor and campground on Elliott Key remain closed due to damage sustained during Tropical Storm Sandy, campers willing to brave seasonally heavy insect populations can camp for free on Boca Chita Key. The park waives docking and camping fees annually from May 1 through September 30 due to insufficient revenue to support the cost of collecting and processing fees.

Generally speaking, winds are light and insects heavy from mid-April through November, with the heaviest insect populations occurring from May through August.

Regular fees of $15/night for campsites and $20/night for overnight boat docking (which includes the campsite) will continue to be enforced each year from September 1 through April 30.

Did You Know?

A snorkeler dives down over elkhorn coral.

A boat trip OVER Biscayne National Park's coral reef can be a great experience, but to really see the reef, get IN the water. It's not only fun, but you'll also be able to see things folks up on the boat can only imagine!