Boating in Biscayne National Park

Boats in morning light near Stiltsville
The ocean beckons!

Matt Johnson


Boating is the perfect way to explore the park. Explore the protected waters of Biscayne Bay, visit the northernmost Florida Keys and discover living coral reefs. Your access to these magnificent resources is limited only by time and your skills as a boat operator.

There are four county marinas nearby that provide access to boaters.

Columbus Day weekend information.

For those who wish to improve their boating skills, free boating education classes are available.

  • Class topics include; park natural and cultural resources, boating safety, navigation rules, boat groundings, boater liability and how to get involved at Biscayne and Everglades National Parks
  • The class is free for the public and $50 for those taking it as a requirement.
  • For more information call 305-230-1144 extension 041.
  • Spanish-language classes are available (class brochure in Spanish).

Boating skills are important to ensure your safety and to protect fragile resources -

  • Know the "rules of the road" and keep boating safety in mind.
  • Use nautical charts. NOAA Chart 11451 covers the waters of the park and is available in most marine stores, bait shops or bookstore (parks/camping topic area).
  • Always comply with slow speed zone.
  • Watch the water depth and avoid running aground.
  • Use mooring buoys when available.
  • Park waters are mostly very shallow and knowing the tides is important. See tide predictions.
  • Personal watercraft (JetSkis, Waverunners, etc. .) are prohibited.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

9700 SW 328th Street
Sir Lancelot Jones Way

Homestead, FL 33033


(305) 230-1144

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