Boat Tours, Paddle-craft Rentals and Select Conveniences Temporarily Unavailable
Glass-bottom, snorkel, diving and island boat tours, and rentals for canoes and other paddle-craft, are temporarily unavailable. The park is working to resolve the issue as soon as possible and regrets the inconvenience. Limited snack items are available.
Park Closes in Preparation for Tropical Storm Noel
As Tropical Storm Noel approaches southeast Florida, Biscayne National Park has instituted a shutdown in accordance with its Hurricane Plan.
Effective 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30, 2007, all park facilities (including those on Boca Chita, Elliott and Adams Keys) and the mainland area at Convoy Point (9 miles east of Homestead), boat tours, and visitor services are closed to the public. The Park waters will remain open for vessel transit. The closure will remain in effect until further notice.
After suffering severe damage in the 1992's Hurricane Andrew, the park implemented a detailed plan for adequately protecting life and property, while at the same time taking into account employee's needs to prepare their own homes and families. The plan is updated annually and has been fine-tuned at every approaching storm, and currently calls for preparations to begin well before potential landfall. These preparations include not only securing and shuttering buildings, but also removing the park's entire fleet of boats (over 20 vessels) to an inland location.
Did You Know?
Elliott Key and other islands in Biscayne National Park were settled under the Homestead Act of 1862. This law gave free land to settlers willing to live on and farm a piece of land for five years. The main crops planted here were pineapples and key limes.