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“Beautiful... nature... quiet!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Boca Chita Key

Boca Chita Key
, Biscayne National Park, FL
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Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: Key in Biscayne National Park offering nature hiking trails.
Lima, Peru
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“Beautiful... nature... quiet!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

A great place to relax... get there on a boat... lots of mosquitos when I was there, but worthwhile visiting!!!

Visited August 2011
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Napa, California
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“Last stop of my Southern Fl National Parks Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

I'm so glad that I decided to make this the final stop of my Southern Florida National Park trip. The weather was perfect, it wasn't that crowded, and the views were spectacular! A rain storm came in the day prior so it was not good for any kind of snorkeling. My goal was to take the boat trip out to this island and explore what I could.

The only way to get to Boca Chita Key is by boat. Either your own or by the National Park charter. The morning tour was already booked up with school children so I had to wait for the 1:30 trip out. Unfortunately, when I signed up, they did not have the minimum amount of people (12) signed up so they were not sure if it would go or not. Whew! Luckily, we did get enough people and off we went.

Before we left, we got a briefing of the island and water from a park ranger who came with us. It was approximately a 30 minute ride out. The ride was smooth and the water the most gorgeous turquoise ever! The boat had seating inside and out. There was not a bad seat and you were free to move wherever you wanted during the ride.

The actual island of Boca Chita Key is small but very well maintained. There are restrooms, picnic areas, the lighthouse, and the small beach areas covered with shells. We received a brief overview and history of the island by the park ranger. It was informative and worth it to listen too. Afterwards we were free to explore the rest of the island for about an hour and a half. It was a great day for photography and I loved it!

There are signs stating that "what you bring in, you have to bring out". Unfortunately, there was some trash and litter that people decided to leave there. It wasn't bad or overwhelming but it was there. I thought it was sad that there are people who just have no respect for this beautiful place.

Our boat captain was great. He had many stories and pointed out places and animal life along the way. Overall, it was a pleasant experience and a great way to spend an afternoon.

The Visitor Center in Homestead was also a great place to start. There is a quick 10 minute movie and exhibits. The park rangers were informative and pleasant. There was a great little half mile trail along the water, clean restrooms, and picnic benches everywhere. Next door to the visitor center was a little shop where you can purchase food, drinks, souvenirs, and sign up for the boat ride out to Boca Chita.

A beautiful visitor center and a great island! I highly recommend the boat trip out to Boca Chita Key. Biscayne National Park is awesome!

Visited March 2012
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Tampa, Florida
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“Must stop in the keys”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

Awesome views and Florida history found here. Stop at the park for lunch and a sunset view

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Washington, DC area
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“Lovely Key Getaway in Biscayne Bay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

This key has a lovely cove for snorkeling; a nature trail through a hammock; grassy areas with picnic tables, grills, and palm trees; a non-functional light house that serves as a navigational aid and provides a nice view; and latrines. There is no running water on the key, but if you plan appropriately, it is a lovely place to get away to for a few hours relaxation, a day's picnic, or several days away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Those who simply want to explore the key for a few hours can take the boat tour from the Biscayne National Park Visitor's Center in Homestead for around $35/person for adults.

Visited January 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Its a short boat trip to a wonderful place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

To get to Boca Chita you will need to buy a ticket at the concession stand. Its a 45 minute trip each way which leaves 1.5 hours to explore the island. Well worth if for another vantage point of the park.

Visited February 2012
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