Beaches and Parks

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BILL BAGGS CAPE FLORIDA STATE PARK— This nat­u­ral par­adise, lo­cated at the tip of the Key Bis­cayne, boasts 1.25 miles of white-sand beach­front. Free tours of the his­toric Cape Florida Light­house at 10 am and 1 pm daily. A café and a gift shop are also avail­able. Open Th-M 9 am-5 pm. $8 per ve­hi­cle with up to eight oc­cu­pants, limit 2- 8 peo­ple/ve­hi­cle, $4-$6 per sin­gle oc­cu­pant ve­hi­cle, $2 per sin­gle pedes­trian and bi­cy­clist. www.flori­das­tateparks. org. 1200 S. Cran­don Blvd., Key Bis­cayne, 305.361.5811. BIS­CAYNE NA­TIONAL PARK— In the crys­talline wa­ters of this marine park, ob­serve the co­ral reefs, sponges, ex­otic fish and sea an­i­mals. The park’s 173,000 acres ex­tend al­most to the south­ern tip of Key Bis­cayne, close to down­town Miami. Snor­kel­ing, div­ing and glass-bot­tom-boat ex­cur­sions de­part reg­u­larly. Vis­i­tor cen­ter opens 7 am-5:30 pm daily. No fee for park en­trance. 9700 SW 328 St., Home­stead. Vis­i­tor Cen­ter: 305.230.727; Reser­va­tions: 305.230.1100. EVER­GLADES NA­TIONAL PARK— Lose your­self in the park’s vast saw­grass prairies and deep man­grove swamps. En­joy back­coun­try cruises, bi­cy­cling, camp­ing, ca­noe­ing, fish­ing, self­guided boat tours, tram tours, and wildlife ob­ser­va­tions. Open 24 hours year-round. Vis­i­tors Cen­ter open daily 9:15 am-5:15 pm. Ad­mis­sion: $10 per ve­hi­cle, $8 at Shark Val­ley, $5 per pedes­trian and cy­clist. Shark Val­ley

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