Crandon Park is an 808-acre (3.27 km2) urban park in metropolitan Miami, occupying the northern part of Key Biscayne. It is connected to mainland Miami via the Rickenbacker Causeway.
The land Crandon Park occupies was once part of the largest coconut plantation in the United States, operated by William John Matheson and his heirs. In 1940 the Matheson family donated 808.8 acres (327.3 ha) of their land to Dade County (now Miami-Dade County) for a public park. In return, county commissioner Charles H. Crandon promised that the county would build a causeway to Key Biscayne. World War II delayed construction, but the causeway opened in 1947.
Mario Obejas | Apr 13, 2018
Very nice, large park and beach. Huge parking lot but it's never crowded. Uniqueness: the beach is shallow for a long way, you'll walk out in two feet of water for over 1/4 of a mile. $5 to park. Ample tables for picnics near the parking lot. Near the beach there are many palm trees that offer strategic shade
Adele Lafever | Apr 16, 2018
What an amazing find! This retired zoo still hosts a wonderful selection of exotic birds, iguanas, alligators, and a few rabbits. It was a treat to walk the loops with kids and look out for new creatures. And the beach is beautiful, with covered eating areas and bathrooms readily available.
C.J. Cunningham | Apr 7, 2018
Excellent beach for those that want a traditional beach without all the distractions. Wonderful for families with kids of all ages. Also, great for large groups or just by yourself. Plenty of things to rent from kayaks to wind surfing. Restrooms are clean and rinsing off stations are provided. As of 2018, weekday parking fee is 5 dollars and weekend is 7. There's a small fee for paying by app. Pay stations are easy to find by the main sidewalk. Depending on where you are at, you can rent loungers and cabanas. Get there before 10 should you like to sit under a palm tree. Remember, there's a small toll going over the Rickenbacker Causeway. Definitely going back!
Nantha Kumar | Apr 5, 2018
Very beautiful and pleasant park! Not much crowd, plenty of parking place. White sand beach , very nice for photos. Neat and clean.. Its a very big park, you walk in the trails, or in the beach. Install pay by phone app in your mobile to pay the parking fee otherwise you may have to wait sometime to pay using the kiosk as only two machines there.
Cathleen Greene | Apr 19, 2018
Great family friendly park. This is where they have the Miami open every year. And where they have lots of wind surfing and family beach days. If you want to have a relaxing (albeit kinda fishy smelling) beach day, head here
Brandon Avery | May 13, 2018
I really enjoyed this park/beach. It is family friendly, interactive (for kids), and relatively natural. I gave it 4 stars because the staff member at the info booth when you first come in and around the park just seemed a little bit detached. Also, while I don't mind a natural Beach the wall of seaweed before you got to the water during low tide was a little bit much. The biggest one through one time a day and clean that up it would be great. All of that being said, I would still suggest it to families with kids under 13.
Mario Sánchez, Ph.D. | Jul 4, 2018
What in the world has happened? I have been going to Crandon Park since the 1960s and at the height of the Simplicity that was Miami in the early 90s the beach was pristine: you can walk out 1/4 mile and the water was crystal clear so much so that you can see your toes, the sand was smooth as powdered sugar. Today it is a veritable dump. Water is cloudy with a reddish hue, the sand in the water is black the beach sand is gray and coarse, the seaweed is mountains High and there is just the stench of decay. I don't know what happened maybe the transformation was from the dredging or from all the construction or just nature run amok but my God what has happened to what was the most beautiful beach in the United States, no longer. Oh and pay to get into Key Biscayne, survive the myriad speed traps then pay to park.
William Brown | Jun 15, 2018
Great beaches, and seemingly undiscovered by 99% of Miami, as you are so few people on the long beaches or in the surf, which is just really weird (maybe it’s just “too far” for people to drive to on Key Biscayne, or it shows how most Miamians can’t even scrounge up the modest park entrance fees to get into the parking lots?). Those parking lots are ENORMOUS, and even during the height of the Lipton aka Miami Open Tennis Tourney, it was just never even 30% full — so what were these vast things built to accommodate, exactly? It’s so enormous, the common areas always look shabby and “rustic”, under-invested in, as … what would be the point, since people seemed to be discouraged from coming here, perhaps by Key Biscayne residents, who don’t want the local traffic. Beach chairs will set you back $25-30 to rent, and forget about eating at the one kiosk vendor. Other than that, amazing beaches and great low tide sandbars allow you to wade FAR into the surf and create “mini-lagoons” for little kids and parents alike to enjoy. But could be SO MUCH MORE of a destination and deserves more investment to add to the natural beauty.
Scott Keever | Jul 9, 2018
Lovely park with loads of seating. I spent a little hour here with a coffee soaking up the sun after a busy morning exploring. The seating was surprisingly well kept and looked after.
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