Despite living in Miami there are places that we haven't had time to go to yet. The solution to solve this in making your bucket list of places and start exploring. How about starting with Boca Chita Key? This tiny island full of pristine beaches also has a charming lighthouse you can climb to. 

Located in Biscayne National Park, this little piece of paradise and its lighthouse attract many visitors, but it is not as popular as the famous Florida Keys. And as you know, less popular also means fewer crowds and tourists, which gives the place that unexplored quality that will give you the best Instagram photos.

Some tours will allow you to spend half a day on the island and enjoy every part of it. You arrive by boat and a guide will help you get the most out of your visit giving you all the details, and pointing the places you need to check up. Don't forget to explore its crystal clear water beaches and enjoy the Historic District that includes the lighthouse, but also other buildings.

If instead, you prefer to spend the night, there is a camping area that will welcome you for only $25. By spending the night you can witness an unforgettable sunset and sleep under the stars with the sound of the waves. You even get to see the lighthouse brighten up!

While on the island you can explore its trails and learn about the history of the place and the preservation of mangroves, corals and other ecosystems. There is a picnic area and bathroom pavilion, but make sure you take everything you need with you because there's nothing for sale on the island.

Do not forget to bring your sunscreen and especially insect repellent. Pets are not allowed, only service animals.

You can climb to the viewpoint of the lighthouse, about 65 feet high, and enjoy the fantastic views of the islands, bay, ocean, and the Miami skyline. Those who climb need to be at least 42 inches tall.

Boca Chita Island Experience

Price: $ 44 per adult, $ 34 per children (5-12), children under 5 go FREE

Address: Dante Fascell Visitor Center of Biscayne National Park located at 9700 SW 328th St, Homestead, Florida

Why you should go: Boca Chita Key is a small island full of pristine beaches and a lighthouse that you can climb to have one of the most spectacular views of Biscayne Bay.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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