Crandon Park North - Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne, Florida

The Crandon Park Visitor and Nature Center is located on the breathtaking barrier island of Key Biscayne, with the Atlantic Ocean on the east side and Biscayne Bay to the west. The hours of operation are Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors to the park can explore the various ecosystems of the Key including the dunes, mangroves, and coastal hammock and seagrass beds; and observe herons, ospreys and many brilliantly colored butterflies. The Island is also home to rare and beautiful plants like the beach peanut, Biscayne prickly ash and the coontie.

The beautiful sandy beach, coastal dunes and tropical hardwood hammocks are an important nesting and feeding ground for migrating songbirds, hawks and sea turtles. Seagrass beds provide a home for mangrove snapper, parrotfish, crabs, shrimp, sea stars and puffer fish.

The Bear Cut Preserve located in Crandon Park is a designated natural Environment Study Area, and serves as a window to the wilderness that was once South Florida. Miami-Dade Parks’ naturalists guide visitors through the Preserve to explore the hammock, ocean and beach communities and see the amazing animals and plants that inhabit South Florida.

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El Centro de Visitantes y Naturaleza del Parque Crandon está ubicado en la impresionante isla barrera de Key Biscayne, con el Océano Atlántico al este y la Bahía Vizcaína al oeste. El horario de atención es de lunes a domingo de 8 a.m. a 4 p.m. Los visitantes del parque pueden explorar los diversos ecosistemas del cayo incluyendo las dunas, manglares y hamacas costeras y praderas marinas; y observar garzas, águilas pescadoras y muchas mariposas de colores brillantes. La isla también es hogar de plantas raras y hermosas como el maní de playa, la ceniza espinosa de Biscayne y el coontie.

La hermosa playa de arena, las dunas costeras y las hamacas de madera tropical son un importante lugar de anidación y alimentación para los pájaros cantores migratorios, halcones y tortugas marinas. Las praderas marinas proporcionan un hogar para el pargo de los manglares, peces loro, cangrejos, camarones, estrellas de mar y peces globo.

La reserva Bear Cut, ubicada en Crandon Park, es un área designada para el estudio del medio ambiente natural y sirve como una ventana al desierto que alguna vez fue el sur de la Florida. Los naturalistas de los parques de Miami-Dade guían a los visitantes a través de la Reserva para explorar las comunidades de hamacas, océanos y playas y para ver los increíbles animales y plantas que habitan en el sur de la Florida.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 14th, 2020. Miami Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 15th, 2020 at 7:28 PM.
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Current Weather
29°C
Chance of heavy rain
Monitoring Frequency

Crandon Park North - Key Biscayne is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st.

Source Information

Water quality results displayed at this location were collected by the Florida Department of Health’s (DOH) Florida Healthy Beaches (FHB) program. FHB may resample a beach on subsequent days if a water quality issue is detected. The information is updated on Swim Guide by Miami Waterkeeper (www.miamiwaterkeeper.org), a local nonprofit focused on ensuring clean water. Miami Waterkeeper enters Swim Guide data for both Miami-Dade County and Broward County’s DOH.

Samples are collected weekly (typically on Mondays) to test for levels of enterococci, a type of bacteria that indicates that pathogenic bacteria and viruses associated with fecal pollution may be present. These bacteria are known as fecal indicator bacteria (FIB). Analysis of samples takes 24 hours to culture before results are available. All local sampling programs on Swim Guide also use the thresholds for water quality as written in the Florida Administrative Code, based on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria: Good= 0-35 CFU/MPN enterococci / 100 mL of marine water; Moderate= 36-69 CFU/MPN enterococci / 100 mL of marine water; and Poor= 70 CFU/MPN or greater enterococci / 100 mL of marine water. Clicking the pie chart icon will reveal a summary of the prior yearly or monthly of pass/fail data. A sampling location is marked GREY when no current or reliable monitoring information is available.

Testing sites are resampled by DOH after a failed water quality test until conditions return to safe levels. The DOH will only issue a formal “swim advisory” after two failed tests in a row, but Miami Waterkeeper will mark a beach as “RED” on Swim Guide after a single failed test is reported by any of the sampling organizations, if the data is posted by DOH. These conservative advisories inform vulnerable people (children, elderly, and the immunocompromised) who have elevated health risks due to water quality at the beach.
Miami Waterkeeper will also mark a beach as "Special Status" if information comes from other sources indicating that the water is unsafe, for example, a sewage leak, red tide, or oil spill. If data is more than a week old, sites will show a historical record of water quality data from a given site.

The Department of Health’s Florida Healthy Beaches program is a state-run initiative in partnership with Miami-Dade County and 33 other coastal counties in the state of Florida. The Florida Healthy Beaches program has been collecting and analyzing water samples from beaches and reporting FIB levels since 2000. (http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/beach-water-quality)

Miami Waterkeeper’s Water Quality Monitoring program is run by full-time investigators and staff that sample common recreation sites on a weekly basis to ensure the water you love is clean and safe. This program aims to sample locations not currently sampled by the Florida Healthy Beaches program or Surfrider Miami in an attempt to fill in gaps in local water quality monitoring. Visit Miami Waterkeeper at www.miamiwaterkeeper.org/water_monitoring or email hello@miamiwaterkeeper.org if you have any additional questions or to view a complete set of monitoring data.

Water Quality Graph

Crandon Park North - Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne, Florida

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is essential right now. Follow the advice of the health experts. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Heading to the beach should only be considered an option if social distancing practices can be followed. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter the efforts to curb the virus’ spread.

For more information, please visit the World Health Organization public resource on COVID-19.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 14th, 2020. Miami Waterkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on September 15th, 2020 at 7:28 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
29°C
Chance of heavy rain

The Crandon Park Visitor and Nature Center is located on the breathtaking barrier island of Key Biscayne, with the Atlantic Ocean on the east side and Biscayne Bay to the west. The hours of operation are Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors to the park can explore the various ecosystems of the Key including the dunes, mangroves, and coastal hammock and seagrass beds; and observe herons, ospreys and many brilliantly colored butterflies. The Island is also home to rare and beautiful plants like the beach peanut, Biscayne prickly ash and the coontie.

The beautiful sandy beach, coastal dunes and tropical hardwood hammocks are an important nesting and feeding ground for migrating songbirds, hawks and sea turtles. Seagrass beds provide a home for mangrove snapper, parrotfish, crabs, shrimp, sea stars and puffer fish.

The Bear Cut Preserve located in Crandon Park is a designated natural Environment Study Area, and serves as a window to the wilderness that was once South Florida. Miami-Dade Parks’ naturalists guide visitors through the Preserve to explore the hammock, ocean and beach communities and see the amazing animals and plants that inhabit South Florida.

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El Centro de Visitantes y Naturaleza del Parque Crandon está ubicado en la impresionante isla barrera de Key Biscayne, con el Océano Atlántico al este y la Bahía Vizcaína al oeste. El horario de atención es de lunes a domingo de 8 a.m. a 4 p.m. Los visitantes del parque pueden explorar los diversos ecosistemas del cayo incluyendo las dunas, manglares y hamacas costeras y praderas marinas; y observar garzas, águilas pescadoras y muchas mariposas de colores brillantes. La isla también es hogar de plantas raras y hermosas como el maní de playa, la ceniza espinosa de Biscayne y el coontie.

La hermosa playa de arena, las dunas costeras y las hamacas de madera tropical son un importante lugar de anidación y alimentación para los pájaros cantores migratorios, halcones y tortugas marinas. Las praderas marinas proporcionan un hogar para el pargo de los manglares, peces loro, cangrejos, camarones, estrellas de mar y peces globo.

La reserva Bear Cut, ubicada en Crandon Park, es un área designada para el estudio del medio ambiente natural y sirve como una ventana al desierto que alguna vez fue el sur de la Florida. Los naturalistas de los parques de Miami-Dade guían a los visitantes a través de la Reserva para explorar las comunidades de hamacas, océanos y playas y para ver los increíbles animales y plantas que habitan en el sur de la Florida.

Monitoring Frequency

Crandon Park North - Key Biscayne is sampled weekly from January 1st to December 31st.

Source Information

Water quality results displayed at this location were collected by the Florida Department of Health’s (DOH) Florida Healthy Beaches (FHB) program. FHB may resample a beach on subsequent days if a water quality issue is detected. The information is updated on Swim Guide by Miami Waterkeeper (www.miamiwaterkeeper.org), a local nonprofit focused on ensuring clean water. Miami Waterkeeper enters Swim Guide data for both Miami-Dade County and Broward County’s DOH.

Samples are collected weekly (typically on Mondays) to test for levels of enterococci, a type of bacteria that indicates that pathogenic bacteria and viruses associated with fecal pollution may be present. These bacteria are known as fecal indicator bacteria (FIB). Analysis of samples takes 24 hours to culture before results are available. All local sampling programs on Swim Guide also use the thresholds for water quality as written in the Florida Administrative Code, based on the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria: Good= 0-35 CFU/MPN enterococci / 100 mL of marine water; Moderate= 36-69 CFU/MPN enterococci / 100 mL of marine water; and Poor= 70 CFU/MPN or greater enterococci / 100 mL of marine water. Clicking the pie chart icon will reveal a summary of the prior yearly or monthly of pass/fail data. A sampling location is marked GREY when no current or reliable monitoring information is available.

Testing sites are resampled by DOH after a failed water quality test until conditions return to safe levels. The DOH will only issue a formal “swim advisory” after two failed tests in a row, but Miami Waterkeeper will mark a beach as “RED” on Swim Guide after a single failed test is reported by any of the sampling organizations, if the data is posted by DOH. These conservative advisories inform vulnerable people (children, elderly, and the immunocompromised) who have elevated health risks due to water quality at the beach.
Miami Waterkeeper will also mark a beach as "Special Status" if information comes from other sources indicating that the water is unsafe, for example, a sewage leak, red tide, or oil spill. If data is more than a week old, sites will show a historical record of water quality data from a given site.

The Department of Health’s Florida Healthy Beaches program is a state-run initiative in partnership with Miami-Dade County and 33 other coastal counties in the state of Florida. The Florida Healthy Beaches program has been collecting and analyzing water samples from beaches and reporting FIB levels since 2000. (http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/beach-water-quality)

Miami Waterkeeper’s Water Quality Monitoring program is run by full-time investigators and staff that sample common recreation sites on a weekly basis to ensure the water you love is clean and safe. This program aims to sample locations not currently sampled by the Florida Healthy Beaches program or Surfrider Miami in an attempt to fill in gaps in local water quality monitoring. Visit Miami Waterkeeper at www.miamiwaterkeeper.org/water_monitoring or email hello@miamiwaterkeeper.org if you have any additional questions or to view a complete set of monitoring data.

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