Boca Chita is the most visited island in the park. The iconic and historic lighthouse, built by Mark Honeywell in the late 1930s, is located here. The lighthouse was never meant to guide ships to safe passageways yet draws them instead to the beauty and wonders of the park. Access is by boat only.
The island includes a campground, picnic tables, barbecue grills and toilets. There is no drinking water, electricity, sales facilities, sinks or showers on the island. A half mile hiking trail starts just east of the restrooms. The trail continues to the south end of the island and emerges near the pavilion.
The 65-foot ornamental lighthouse was built by Mark Honeywell, a former owner of the island, in the 1930s. The observation deck provides a fantastic view of islands, bay, ocean and downtown Miami skyline. If park employees are around they may be able to open the observation deck for viewing.
Things to Remember
- Visitors must pack out all their trash.
- Mosquitoes are present year round.
- There is no drinking water or electricity, sales facilities, sinks or showers.
- Boats may raft no more than two deep. The cleated bulkhead is the only area where boats may dock.
- Pets are not permitted on the island or boats in the harbor.
- An overnight docking fee of $25 is assessed between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Use of the tenting area is included in the docking fee (including two tents and up to six people). Self-register at the kiosk at the edge of the harbor.
- The harbor entrance at low tide is approximately four feet. Deep draft vessels should exercise extreme caution. Low tide is calculated by adding one hour and forty-three minutes to low tide at Miami's Government Cut.