A lot of the time, it seems, we cruise to Miami and Biscayne Bay on our way to somewhere else – the Keys, say, or the Bahamas. That’s a shame, because there’s a lot to do right there. Take a look at Biscayne Bay National Park, for example, that’s alive with fish and aquatic wildlife and is the home of vast, multi-colored coral reefs. Then, when you’re off the boat, you’ll still have Miami, Miami Beach and Coconut Grove, just to mention a few highlights, at your beck and call.
On the water, the Biscayne Bay park is one of the largest marine parks in the national park system, and a large portion of its coral reef – the third largest in the world – is accessible by boat. With a history going back 10,000 years, the park is home to underwater emerald forests and twisting mazes of mangroves. You can take the Marine Heritage Trail, accessible only by boat, and search for nautical skeletons from shipwrecks or try to find the treasure that the pirate, Black Caesar, supposedly buried there in the 17th century. Meanwhile, just dive down and enjoy the turtles, seahorses, angelfish, sharks and dolphins. You’ll definitely want to stay a while.