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

    Biscayne

    National Park Florida

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  • 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

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Date: August 24, 2012
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?

The Sweeting Family

For 50 years, four generations of the Sweeting family thrived on Biscayne National Park's Elliott Key. Here they raised pineapples, salvaged wrecked ships, went to school, worshipped and played at the northern end of Florida's Keys.