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Make Biscayne National Park Your Next Florida Camping Water Paradise



FloridaLocated in Southern Florida, Biscayne National Park protects aquaria-marine waters, pristine islands, fish filled coral reefs, and a mangrove forest. With 95% of the park underwater, it is a water paradise, with excellent boating, kayaking, snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities. Fishing is also extremely popular in the inshore and offshore waters. There is a wide range of wildlife within the park, including manatees, crocodiles, over 500 species of fish, birds, butterflies and more. Protecting the only living coral reef in the continental US, Biscayne National Park is an excellent Florida camping destination.

For Woodall’s approved Florida camping sites, visit Florida campgrounds.

Biscayne National Park is open year round. There is no fee to enter the park, but there are fees for various activities, such as boat camping and camping out on the islands. Because the park is mostly underwater, you do need a boat in order to get around. There is only 1 mile of paved road within the park, so driving around is not an option. You can bring your own boat, or you can rent a boat while at the park. Boat tours are also offered, including a glass bottom boat ride which offers a terrific view of the depths below from a dry position.

Since Biscayne National Park is so water-oriented, most of the activities within the park involve getting wet. One of the best ways to see the shallower wonders of the park is by snorkeling. Snorkeling is easy to learn, easy to do, and a terrific way to see coral reefs, marine life, and more. Scuba diving is amazing in Biscayne National Park, making it a prime destination for scuba divers everywhere. The beautiful coral reefs, the bright fish, the sharks, turtles and manatees are only some of the wonders you’ll see while visiting this marvelous park. Hurricane Creek, so named by old timers who used to tie their boats in the creek during storms, is a terrific scuba diving location that offers a unique chance to snorkel or scuba beneath the mangrove roots. The area is filled with crabs, sea squirts, fish, and many other marine animals. Certification is required to scuba dive. Boating, canoeing, and kayaking are the best ways to get around the park. Canoeing and kayaking also offer an opportunity to paddle through the mangrove-fringed shorelines and the shallower bay waters. Shallow Jones Lagoon is one such bay that offers excellent opportunities to see rays, sharks, large wading birds, upside down jellies, and huge schools of fish. Fishing is excellent in Biscayne National Park, and a license is required for anyone over 16. Fishing is excellent year round. With so many activities to offer, Biscayne National Park is a wonderful Florida camping spot.

To find Woodall’s approved Florida camping sites, visit Florida campgrounds.

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