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“Lovely clean park, pretty lighthouse”

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.
Reviewed February 27, 2014

We spent a couple of hours here,just walking along one of the seaside trails, watching boats passing, and visiting the lighthouse. The lighthouse itself wasn't open due to some repairs, but the keepers cottage was. The park ranger was very pleasant, and informative. Had a light snack at the cafe next to lighthouse that was tasty and inexpensive.

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Reviewed February 25, 2014

We are staying at the Ritz Carlton and rented bikes to explore the park. The bike paths to the park and within the part gave easy, safe access. We rode the sandy paths by the bay -- great views. Highly recommend eating at Boaters Grill -- very casual but very good food. It was recommended by several locals.

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Reviewed February 9, 2014

I stayed in downtown Miami in January 2014 and I wanted to visit a close by park/beach without having to go to the crowded South beach. The hotel reception advised me to go to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park which is very close to the downtown area on the southern tip of the key Biscayne island (passing the Miami seaquarium). The park access in cheap $6 and the park consist of beaches, woods area, lighthouse, board walk and beautiful birds and lizards.

On the way back multiple shopping areas exist among beautiful and expensive mansions.

I is nice to get away of the crowded city to a national park in only few minutes.

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Reviewed February 4, 2014

After spending several days touring Miami and surrounds I was ready for some downtime. I got up early (turns out that was a key decision) and drove to Key Biscayne. Crossing over onto Virginia Key and then to Key Biscayne the traffic and hubbub of Miami Beach slowly fades away and you feel like your hundreds of miles away, not a mere 15 minutes. You pass Crandon Park on the way to Bill Baggs but one look at the fields and fields of parking lots should be enough to dissuade you from choosing Crandon over Baggs. Yes, Baggs has been left 'au naturel' but that is part of it's appeal. It's a real Florida natural area and beach, not a Disney version. Gaze out at Stiltsville and you're transported back to the 1920's and '30's imagining prohibition and men named 'Crawfish' Eddie. There are lizards of varying sizes scurrying around and from the fishing platforms the water is clear enough to see fish feeding near the shore. I'm not sure why but I was only charged $4, there were very few people and the temperature was perfect. After a restorative morning of walking the trails,and watching the large boats meander around the Cape I went back into town for lunch. By early afternoon the traffic was getting heavy the parking lots were filling and a general hum of activity made me grateful I had arrived early. The only drawback is that the bike concession doesn't open until 10. Remember too to check whether the lighthouse will be open the day you visit.

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Reviewed February 3, 2014

I don't like paying fees for state parks and this one is $8. However it was pretty. The beach is nice but not kept as clean from seaweed as the other beaches. The lighthouse was pretty but unfortunately not open the day we were there. Stiltsville was cool looking in the distance. We saw some large iguanas.

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