Miami's lively party scene often overshadows its picturesque landscape. Filled with tropical getaways perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle, it's not hard to get lost in the spectacular scenery. One of those spots is Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, a secluded island park right off the mainland that has crystal clear waters that will simply take your breath away.
While sitting right on the tip of Key Biscayne, Bill Baggs State Park is an oasis on the coast near Miami's gridlocked streets. You can take the Rickenbacker Causeway until you reach this slice of paradise. Upon your arrival, this park's splendor will be laid out right before your very eyes.
The calm, turquoise waters hitting the sandy beach is truly something to behold. In fact, the famed Dr. Beach ranked it as the 8th best in the country in 2005, and Forbes placed it 7th on their 2013 "best of" list.
Named after Bill Baggs, a former editor of the now-defunct Miami News, this state park has been a daytripper's getaway for years.
Its most recognizable landmark is the Cape Florida Lighthouse, a white tower that was built to signal ships coming into South Florida back in 1825. Today it is accessible to visitors who want a gorgeous overlook of the park.
Another popular spot for visitors is the path that leads up to the lighthouse. This concrete path is lined with palm trees, which give the park a hidden haven vibe.
In reality, the pictures don't do this secluded treasure the proper justice it deserves. Bill Baggs State Park is one of the reasons why South Florida is such a stunning retreat.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
Price: $8 per vehicle
Address: 1200 South Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne, FL
Why you should go: This remarkable secluded park in South Florida sits right on Miami's doorstep.
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