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“Nice and peaceful”

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
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Owner description: Named after a Miami newspaper editor Bill Baggs, this state park is part of an extensive barrier island system.
Miami, Florida
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31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Nice and peaceful”
Reviewed July 6, 2013

The ocean here is really calm as opposed to the open bay. It is good for families. The only thing negative is the amount of seaweed there is. You have to pay to enter the park as well as the toll on Key Biscayne.

Visited June 2013
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Miami, Florida
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“Great for the whole family”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

I've been coming to this park since I was a child and I have seen all the changes. It is a great place to visit and enjoy all the outdoor activities it has to offer.
The beach is nice and clean with soft white sand and clear warm water during the summer. You can rent 2 beach chairs and an umbrella for $20. Picnic benches and BBQ grills are available around the park. Bike rentals are $5 dollars per hour for single beach cruisers. Most bikes are old and a bit worn out but smooth enough to enjoy the trails around the park. The fishing areas are well kept and usually crowded on the weekends.
The lighthouse is a must do. It is a high climb so be prepared and ready for this. The lighthouse inside is hot as hell but worth the journey. The view from the top is amazing all around.
The park also has two restaurants that are pretty good. Lighthouse Cafe is near the lighthouse and at the exit of the beach. Boater's Grill is next to the marina by the trails and is my favorite from the two. This is also a great place to sit and enjoy the boats coming in and out of the marina and a good spot to catch the sunset.

Visited June 2013
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Huntsville, AL
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75 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“Great Beach Day at Bill Baggs”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

Enjoyed a great day at Bill Baggs. The climb to the top of the light house was enjoyable and offered great views. The park ranger on site also was very knowledgeable. The beach here is quite clean though a bit crowded near the lighthouse and the grill. Walk further north and the beach narrows but it also gets much less crowded. The lighthouse grill is a bit pricey but the food is good.

Visited June 2013
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Miami Beach, Florida
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295 reviews
126 attraction reviews
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“History and nature buff's paradise”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

Located at the southern most point of Key Biscayne you'll happen upon the Bill Baggs State Park and the Cape Florida Lighthouse. The lighthouse is apparently the oldest standing structure built in Miami Dade County, dating back to 1825! Today's its managed, and very well from the looks of the clean and manicured grounds, by the National Park Service. We didn't happen to visit on a day that the light house was open for tours, but the surrounding area is full with things to see and information plaques placed throughout the walking trails around the lighthouse that give you all the relevant historical information. Afterwards we walked over to the public beach area on the north side of the lighthouse. This has easily got to be the best kept secret of a great beach in Florida. Key Biscayne beach by the lighthouse blows South Beach away! The beach is pristine, clean, natural, and best of all... calm! There was not a lot of people there. A perfect beach to enjoy a relaxing and serene nature experience with the sounds of the water and the sun on your face. Highly recommended. Tip - There is a $5 vehicle entrance fee to coming into the State park area. Worth it !!

Visited March 2013
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New York City, New York
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179 reviews
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“natural beauty”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

One of the most beautiful beaches in Florida, this natural vegetation has been restored. It is great not to have tacky commercial activity on the beach, although the beach is colonized by the Park's concession selling umbrellas and beach chairs, which just spoils the whole look and makes it seem like a resort. But you can walk away from the action. After the beach day on the Atlantic, walk around to the Bay Biscayne side for lovely views. If you are lucky you might spot a turtle or dolphins. The restaurant at the beach is set back on the dunes, so it doesn't interfere -- haute cuisine not, but good to come from breakfast, smoothies, etc.

Visited April 2013
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