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Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
IUCN Category V (Protected Landscape/Seascape)
Location Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Nearest city Key Biscayne, Florida
Coordinates 25°40′25″N 80°09′34″W / 25.673611°N 80.159444°W / 25.673611; -80.159444Coordinates: 25°40′25″N 80°09′34″W / 25.673611°N 80.159444°W / 25.673611; -80.159444
Area 400 acres (160 ha)
Established 1967
Visitors 850,000 (in 2004)
Governing body Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park occupies approximately the southern third of the island of Key Biscayne, at coordinates 25°40′25″N 80°09′34″W / 25.67361°N 80.15944°W / 25.67361; -80.15944. The park is home to the Cape Florida Light, the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. In 2005 it was listed as having the 8th best beach in the country.[1][2]

The park is named in honor of Bill Baggs, editor of The Miami News from 1957 until his death in 1969, who fought to prevent the development of the land that is now included in the park.

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Recreational activities

It has over a mile of sandy Atlantic beachfront, where snorkeling and swimming is possible. Besides the beach and tours of the lighthouse and keeper's quarters, activities include boating, canoeing, kayaking and fishing from the seawall along Biscayne Bay, bicycling, hiking and wildlife viewing. The park has such amenities as picnicking areas and youth camping. It also has a visitor center, a museum with interpretive exhibits and concessions.

Hours

Florida state parks are open between 8 A.M. and sundown every day of the year (including holidays).

References

  1. ^ Best beaches in U.S.? Expert ranks his 'Top 10' at MSNBC
  2. ^ Dr. Beach

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