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Biscayne National Park
On Biscayne Bay, east of Homestead, Florida

Biscayne National Park was created to forestall massive development plans that included port facilites, power plants, refineries, and of course hotels and high rise condos. Its creation has effectively protected this area of open water and barely-above-water barrier islands and mangrove forests. There is a visitor center on the mainland, but the rest of the park can be reached only be boat.Wikipedia: Biscayne National Park on Wikipedia.

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Biscayne National Park consists almost entirely of water

Biscayne National Park consists almost entirely of water

Biscayne National Park consists of just this small area of mainland where the visitor center is located. The rest is almost entirely water.

Biscayne National Park, Florida

Date photographed: March 18, 2015
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Fishing pier at Biscayne visitor center

Fishing pier at Biscayne visitor center

There is a fishing pier and nature trail at the Biscayne National Park visitor center.

Biscayne National Park, Florida

Date photographed: March 18, 2015
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Biscayne Bay is completely protected

Biscayne Bay is completely protected

Thanks to the national park, Biscayne Bay, though immediately adjacent to Miami, is completely protected. When the park was created in 1980 development of a deepwater port, power plant, oil refinery, coastal resorts and residential areas was imminent.

Biscayne National Park, Florida

Date photographed: March 18, 2015
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Tours of Biscayne Bay depart from here

Tours of Biscayne Bay depart from here

Park service tours of Biscayne Bay depart from the small harbor at the visitor center. The only other way to see the park is if you have, or rent, your own boat.

Biscayne National Park, Florida

Date photographed: March 18, 2015
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