Crandon Park Beach is situated in Key Biscayne Island, inside one of the most important and preserved parks in Miami: Crandon Park. The place offers a variety of entertainment amenities and attractions. Aside from great beaches where you can relax or celebrate a special moment on the cabanas, there is also a Tennis Center, a marina and Golf facilities.
Comparing Crandon Park Beach to South Beach, the water and sand are not exactly the same. South Beach has a more clear water. However, at Crandon Park the water is also very clear and beautiful. The sand is pretty white also and the place offers a treasure that you may not find in other beaches in Miami: an amazing large area full of palm trees so you can protect yourself from the sun and enjoy the beautiful view and relaxing environment the trees provide.
Couples and families who wants to enjoy a relaxing moment should stay on the southern part of the beach, where there is no much waves and the water is calm. In this video you can learn more about the beach (type of water and sand).
The beach has good infrastructure, with cabanas for rent, tables for picnics and grills. The parking is not attached to the beach, so you will have to walk a little.
Other Beaches next to Crandon Park Beach
There are other two nice beaches next to Crandon Park Beach: 1 – Bill Baggs and 2 – Virginia Key Beach. Both are inside a preserved parks and offers good infrastructure: parking, cabanas for picnics, sports rental store, biking and many others. The place is very well preserved with incredible natural beauty.
History of Crandon Park
In 1940 Commodore William John Matheson, a renowed businessman, donated the land that today is Crandon Park. Back them the area was used for coconut plantation. Matheson donated the land with one condition: Building a public park on it. The park was named after Charles H. Crandon, a County Commission Chairman who helped approve the causeway that connects Key Biscayne Island to the mainland.
Crandon Park Gardens (“Abandoned Zoo”)
Crandon Park Gardens is today what is left from the first zoo in Miami. What is interesting about this place is not exactly the gardens, but the “ruins” of the so called “Abandoned Zoo”. Of course you will see plants and botanic features, but imagine walking through a place full of empty cages and ponds that once had lots of exotic animals (some of the cages still intact). It is hard to describe but the feeling is quite interesting (you can try to feel it watching this video about the “Abandone Zoo”). When the zoo was closed arround 1980 the place was left abandoned and years later the Gardens of Crandon Park Foundation formed to turn the Gardens into what they now are.
Crandon Park Tennis Center
Crandon Park Tennis Center is home to the famous world tournament Miami Open. The place offers tennis lessons for all ages and abilities. The Tennis Center and stadium consists of more than 20 courts with all kinds of surfaces.
Crandon Park Marina
If you feel like renting a boat, charter fishing, snorkeling or just enjoy a stunning sunset you have to visit Crandon Park Marina. Watch this video to learn more about the marina. Below are all the amenities at Crandon Marina:
- ACCOMMODATES VESSELS TO 80′
- BAIT & TACKLE SHOP
- BOAT LAUNCHING RAMPS
- BOAT RENTALS
- BOAT WASH FACILITIES
- CHARTER FISHING
- COMMERCIAL SLIPS
- FISH CLEANING STATION
- FUEL FACILITIES
- RESTROOMS WITH SHOWERS
- LAUNDRY FACILITIES
- TOW-BOAT SERVICE
- DRY STORAGE
- SAILBOAT MOORING
- SANITARY PUMP-OUT STATION
Location: 4000 Crandon Blvd. – Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Minutes away down the street is Crandon Park Golf Course (next topic)
Crandon Park Golf
Crandon Park Golf is a championship golf course on Key Biscayne. The place is a public 18-hole golf course on the island and features amazing views of Miami Skyline, stunning sunset and ocean views. Crandon hosted Senior PGA Tour for many years. Lee Trevino, Ray Floyd, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Gary Player and Don Messengale are some golf renoewned names attracted by the facility . The course is considered one of the most beautiful and difficult par-72 courses in the state of Florida.