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Get to know Key Biscayne

Follow the Rickenbacker Causeway like the frets on a guitar neck down across Biscayne Bay to arrive in the village of Key Biscayne. Despite sitting fewer than 10 miles from downtown Miami, the residential development of Key Biscayne only started after the causeway’s completion in 1947. This new stretch of road linked Key Biscayne — and its island of the same name — to the mainland’s rapidly rising metropolis. When eventually incorporated in 1991, Key Biscayne was Miami-Dade County’s first new municipality in over 50 years. As people have gravitated to the appeals of waterfront living, decades of bucolic isolation have somewhat given way to more bustle, fine dining, and exciting nightlife. However, Key Biscayne still has an irremovable serenity, and the beaches remain as idyllic as ever.

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The barrier island of Key Biscayne is a Florida key, yet it is not part of the Florida Keys. Regardless, it is a singular locale only the Sunshine State could produce. Sharing the isle’s area with Key Biscayne are two lush natural spaces. To the north, Crandon Park is an all-purpose expanse, counting white-sand beaches, a championship golf course, kayak and paddleboard rentals, and more across its 800-plus acres. Southward, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park also has a divine beach, trails for biking, hiking, and wildlife exploration, and aquatic offerings from fishing to snorkeling. There’s also the towering Cape Florida Light, presiding over the reef-laden coast since 1825 as the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade. Closer to civilization, restaurants with waterside views are a given, and abundant shops are sure to keep the mainland even further in mind than it is physically.