Key Biscayne, Miami Travel Guide

Key Biscayne Summary

Pros

Cons

  • Only one major hotel on Key Biscayne
  • No nightlife
  • No nearby shopping
  • Limited dining outside the Ritz-Carlton
  • Occasional chilly days between December and February
  • Sweltering humidity in the summer, especially August and September
  • Slight hurricane potential from June 1 to Nov. 30

What It's Like

A tranquil, seven-mile-long island easily accessed from the mainland across a scenic causeway, Key Biscayne is popular with families, golfers, tennis players, kitesurfers, and retirees. The Miami Seaquarium on the neighboring Virginia Key, numerous nature trails, the beautiful Crandon Park Beach, and the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, with its historic lighthouse, make this a departure from the upbeat glitz throughout most of Miami. Golfers and tennis players enjoy top facilities at the Crandon Golf Club and the Crandon Tennis Center, home to the annual Sony Ericsson Open every spring.

Where to Stay

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne is the only major hotel on Key Biscayne. It boasts impeccably kept grounds, huge pools, a brilliant spa, a world-class tennis center, a kids' club, and elegant (if generic) interiors. But while the larger island has beautiful beaches, the Ritz's small sliver of sand is covered in seaweed.  

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Facts

Languages:

English, Spanish

Airports:

Miami Int'l (30-minute, $40 taxi)

Ft. Lauderdale Int'l

Peak:

January-April

Off-Peak:

June-September

Hurricanes:

June-November

Visa:

No, for nationalities included in the Visa Waiver Program

Vaccines:

No

Currency:

U.S. Dollar

Electricity:

120 V, 60 Hz

Tipping:

15-20% at restaurants

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