We drove around the Miami Marine Stadium, which is on Virginia Key, to see it again because I used to go to the boat races there in the 70's--what great fun they were!! Then we drove over to Virginia Key Beach, near the Marine Stadium. The beach is nothing like it used to be. Virginia Key Beach was THE beach in the 70's. Everybody went there. South Beach didn't exist. It was lined with old dilapated hotels filled with elderly people sitting around. It was known for that. The art deco hotel transformations came in the 80's. Virginia Key Beach was the main beach and it was beautiful. Palm trees studded the beach and other tropical vegetation You could cook out on the beach, picnic, and it was a major family beach. I still have photos of the way it was. The zoo was in Crandon Park on Key Biscayne--the Crandon Park Zoo. After the beach we would go to the zoo, it was close by. Everything was free. The beach was closed for a time, then it was decided to renovate it, which they are doing now. Unfortunately, it will never be like the old beach. The beaches on Key Biscayne are better, especially Cape Florida Bill Bagg's State Park. If you go to the end you can look out over the water and see Stiltsville, or see a manatee, or, go to the lighthouse area which is very pretty. We've seen weddings there.
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