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Camping In Florida Near Biscayne National Park

November 22, 2011
Filed under National Parks, Southeast Camping, Top Stories

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Biscayne National Park: Photo by NPS

Biscayne National Park offers amazing underwater wildlife: Photo by NPS

If you’re looking for great camping in Florida, Biscayne National Park should be one of the top choices on your list. The park consists of gorgeous aquaria-marine waters, untouched islands, incredible coral reefs, and a mangrove paradise. Because the park is 95% underwater it offers plenty of aquatic activities such as boating, snorkeling, kayaking, and scuba diving. Another popular past-time is fishing, both in the inshore and offshore waters. You can find lots of opportunities to view wildlife within the park, including manatees, crocodiles, birds, butterflies, more than 500 varieties of fish, and more. Protecting the only living coral reef in the continental US, Biscayne National Park is an excellent destination for camping in Florida.

The park is open to visitors all year. You won’t have to pay a fee to get into the park, but you will find that there are fees for certain activities, such as boat camping and camping on the islands. Due to the fact that it’s mostly under water, you do need a boat to get around and explore the park. There’s only one mile of paved road inside of the park, so driving around isn’t 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 underwater paradise while keeping you dry.

A great way to experience some of the more shallow areas of the park is by snorkeling. Snorkeling is a simple activity to pick up, and a fun way to take in the marine life, coral reefs, and more. Scuba diving is a wonderful way to experience some of the deeper waters in Biscayne National Park. 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. If you plan to scuba dive, you’ll have to make sure that you’re certified. Certification is required while diving in the park. Boating, canoeing, and kayaking are the best ways to get around the park. There is spectacular year-round fishing in Biscayne National Park. Visitors who do choose to fish will need a fishing license if they are over the age of 16.  Because there are so many activities to choose from in Biscayne National Park, you’ll find is a great Florida camping destination for everyone.

For more information about family camping sites across the country, visit Woodall’s Family Camping directory!

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