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Get to know Key Biscayne

There is no more Florida location than Key Biscayne. It is an island both literally and metaphorically, and is perfectly situated just over a causeway from Miami proper, south of Miami Beach. A well-manicured community, it is surrounded by white sand beaches, and bordered at the north and south ends by lush tropical parks. The town was once an isolated corner of South Florida, though recent development has put luxury hotels (and the accompanying fine dining and exciting nightlife) next to the idyllic beaches. The key’s 13,000 residents support two elementary schools, as well as local businesses from diners to fashion designers in a central business district, making the trip over the Rickenbacker Causeway one of pleasure rather than necessity.

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Key Biscayne Commerce & Culture

Modern-day Key Biscayne wasn't incorporated until 1991, making it the first new Miami-Date city to incorporate in half a century. Development here didn't take off until after World War II, and in the years prior, most of the isle was occupied by what was then the largest coconut plantation in the entire continental United States. While its middle is well-packed with a mix of single-family homes, condominiums, and hotels, the upper and lower thirds of Key Biscayne have been largely left to nature, well stewarded by parks and a golf course. The wrecks of a half-dozen ships that met their fate on the isle's notoriously rugged reefs—they prompted the construction of the Cape Florida Lighthouse in 1825—today compose the Maritime Heritage Trail, a popular diving spot and the nation's only federally-recognized underwater archaeological trail.