As Miami's only island destination, The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne offers myriad recreational options that take advantage of its oceanfront setting and natural beauty of neighboring parks. The pristine sands and turquoise waters of Crandon Beach have consistently been ranked among Dr. Stephen "Beach" Leatherman's America's Best Beaches, the only South Florida location to capture the 2008 honor. Just 300 feet offshore lay the world's largest underwater sea grass meadow and the tip of the world's third largest coral reef, which stretches through the Florida Keys to Dry Tortugas. Guests can get an up-close look at these environments and surrounding marine life through kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boating, Hobie cats and sail boats. They may also catch glimpses of sea turtles during nesting season March through October.
On land, Key Biscayne is home to the 500-acre Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, comprising of the southern third of the island. Here, visitors can tour the historic Cape Florida Lighthouse, the oldest in South Florida, and ascend the 109 step to the top for sweeping views from Coral Gables to South Beach. Adjacent to the lighthouse is a replica of the lighthouse keeper's 1825 cottage and cookhouse, now a mini-theater to provide visitors an introduction to the history of the landmark structure. Visitors can also fish, picnic or walk along the Key Biscayne Heritage Trail. For those that want a more to explore the island more extensively, bikes and red car buggies are available for rent at the resort.
On the Northern end of the island is Crandon Park and Marina, where through the concierge, guests can make arrangements for boating excursions including the Open Fishermen deep-sea fishing tours for up to eight people; boat tours around the Intracoastal, Bay and ocean for up to six people; and cabin cruisers for a more intimate tour through the Intracoastal, Bay and nearby Mangroves. For larger groups, the Great White catamaran can hold up to forty five people for an afternoon for a complete tour through Miami waters. Each of the boating excursions offers an optional detour to Monument Island or Pelican Island for picnic or barbeque lunch. Wave runners and sailboats are also available for rental.
Miami's Only Island Destination
The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne, Miami's only AAA Five Diamond resort, is just minutes from the city's cosmopolitan center, yet feels like a secluded island getaway with its lush tropical gardens, infinity ocean views and the only South Florida beach on Dr. Beach's Top Ten Beaches in the U.S. list. Connected to Miami by a picturesque causeway, the luxury resort is a renowned spa destination, has three global dining venues, which take guests on culinary journeys to Tuscany, Coastal Mexico and St. Tropez, and has the largest tennis center of any Ritz-Carlton in the world. The award-winning resort is recognized by Travel + Leisure, Cond Nast Traveler, Robb Report, Forbes, Tennis magazine and Golf Digest as among the world's best hotels. For additional information or reservations, call The Ritz-Carlton toll free at (800) 241-3333, the resort directly at (305) 365-4500, a travel professional or visit The Ritz Carlton Web site at: [url]www.ritzcarlton.com[/url].