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Biscayne National Park, Florida
95 percent of Biscayne National Park is water. So yeah, you need a boat. Currently, the park doesn’t offer boat tours or kayak rentals (they are “working to resolve the issue”). So find, borrow, or Read more...
95 percent of Biscayne National Park is water. So yeah, you need a boat. Currently, the park doesn’t offer boat tours or kayak rentals (they are “working to resolve the issue”). So find, borrow, or rent a boat, and prepare to be blown away by Biscayne. Four distinct ecosystems make up one of the world’s most unique and fragile environments, including a mangrove shoreline and part of the third-largest living coral reef. There are hundreds of species of vibrantly-hued fish and exotic plant life in Biscayne. You may even spot an endangered animal living among the reefs. The American crocodile, Florida manatee, wood stork, white-crowned pigeon, and five different types of sea turtles are a few under federal protection at the park.
Biscayne was nearly lost to urban development in the 1960s. Today, the Miami skyline shimmers faintly on the horizon, a reminder of how close the island came to succombing to subdivisions. Yet throughout 10,000 years of human history and under threat by category 5 hurricanes, Biscayne National Park has remained a sacred and otherworldly place. Now, go find that boat.