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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.

Traffic & Travel Tips

Many Biscayne National Park visitors are frustrated by South Florida's traffic, so be sure to leave plenty of time to get here, especially if you need to arrive at a specific time (for a boat trip, for example). Always allow extra time on busy, holiday weekends, such as Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day weekends.

Following the suggested directions, approximate travel times from various locations are:

  • Downtown Miami — 60-90 minutes
  • Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood — 75-105 minutes
  • Homestead — 20 minutes
  • Key Largo — 40 minutes

You should allow additional time during peak commuting times (7-10 a.m. and 4-7 p.m.) Morning southbound traffic will ease considerably after you pass downtown Miami.

Traveling on US Highway 1 can be a long, slow and arduous journey from the north — Florida's Turnpike is the suggested route to avoid delays.

Did You Know?

Semaphore pricklypear cactus

In 2001, scientists taking a plant inventory in Biscayne National Park discovered a population of semaphore pricklypear cactus, one of the world's rarest plants. Previously known as only 9 plants in the lower Florida Keys, the new population numbered 570 plants...over 60 times the previous count.