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.
Biscayne National Park Closes in Preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac
Contact: Christiana Admiral, 305-230-1144, ext. 018
As Tropical Storm Isaac approaches South Florida, Biscayne National Park has instituted a temporary shutdown in accordance with its Hurricane Plan.
Effective at 5:30 p.m. Friday, August 24, 2012, all park islands (including Boca Chita Key, Elliott Key, and Adams Key) and the mainland area at Convoy Point (9 miles east of Homestead) are closed to the public. Biscayne National Underwater Park, Inc., the park's concessioner, has discontinued boat trips and rentals. Park waters remain open for vessel transit only. The closure will remain in effect until further notice.
After suffering severe damage in 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 has been fine-tuned at every approaching storm, and currently calls for preparations to begin at 72 hours before potential landfall. These preparations include shuttering buildings and securing park property.
Did You Know?
Tunicates, or sea squirts, live on the roots of the red mangrove tree. These simple animals survive by filtering plankton out of seawater, and hold promise as the source of potent drugs used to fight tumors. Watch for them when snorkeling along Biscayne National Park's mangrove-fringed shoreline.