Welcome to Key Biscayne
An exclusive and luxurious, yet close-knit, beachy paradise
Situated less than ten miles from downtown Miami facing the Atlantic Ocean, Key Biscayne is one of southern Florida’s most exclusive hidden gems. This tight-knit, engaged community is known for its peaceful beaches, high-end resorts, and chic lifestyle. This tropical paradise is perfectly between Crandon Park and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, two of the largest green spaces in the area.
The opening of the Rickenbacker Causeway in 1947 led to large-scale development of the island with the addition of schools, a post office, and church soon thereafter. The area was incorporated as a municipality in 1991. Today, Key Biscayne is home to a nearby coastal barrier reef, the only federally recognized underwater archaeological trail in the country, fine dining, beachfront clubs, and some of the most scenic real estate in the world.
What to Love
- A close-knit community vibe usually found in small towns
- Proximity to southern Florida luxuries like beaches, waterfront bars, and restaurants
- Less than a ten mile drive from downtown Miami
Life in Key Biscayne is luxurious and friendly. Residents enjoy a close sense of community not commonly found in southern Florida. Locals take pride in the island’s natural beauty and are very involved in their community. One of the most glamorous charity events of the year takes place every January at the Key Biscayne Community Foundation’s Aqua Party. Another way to experience the vibrance and scenic beauty of the island is the annual Lighthouse Run, where participants can choose from a 5K or 10K route. A more notable destination are the dozens of beaches, which are home to top-rated bars, restaurants, golf courses, and clubs overlooking the ocean.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
This island paradise is home to some of the best fine dining on the east coast. Key Biscayne eateries are afforded easy access to the freshest seafood available. Many of these establishments and other nearby clubs are situated right on the ocean, providing panoramic views for their guests.
Rusty Pelican, an upscale eatery located right on the water with stunning views of downtown Miami, is well-known for its succulent seafood and weekend brunch. Lobster risotto, a whole fried snapper, and smoked plantains are some of their most popular items. Feel free to stay awhile; their cocktail menu is extensive and meant to be savored while enjoying the breathtaking views. Another unique waterfront dining experience can be found at Boaters Grill. Located at the southernmost tip of Key Biscayne, visitors can arrive by land, or by boat and enjoy authentic Cuban cuisine at one of southern Florida’s best-kept secrets.
The Ritz Carlton is an opulent gathering spot when a day off is in order. The Ritz Carlton features a luxurious spa and world-class dining experiences, with Dune Burgers on the Beach arguably being the most popular. Just steps away from the ocean and the resort’s adults-only pool, Dune features an array of burgers topped with high-end ingredients, accompanied by an extensive selection of bubbles.
One of the more popular stores in Key Biscayne can be found at Island Shop, featuring an array of gifts, home decor, glassware, and other kitchen items. An essential stop when prepping for a big night at home would be The Golden Hog. This upscale artisan market sells prepared dishes and appetizers, imported wine and cheese, and other unique ingredients to impress any houseguest.
Things To Do
Life in Key Biscayne is largely situated around the island’s natural beauty and strong sense of community. The town is located between Crandon Park and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, consisting of well over a thousand acres of untouched greenery. The Cape Florida Lighthouse at the southern tip was built in 1825, is on the National Register of Historic Places, and offers guided tours to the top. The lighthouse provides views of No Name Harbour, a popular spot for boating among locals. Located closer to town, residents also enjoy Village Green Park, and weekly stops at the local farmers’ market, held just up the street at Community Church.
Key Biscayne residents are spoiled for choice when it comes to educational opportunities for their children. A few highly-rated options are:
- Key Biscayne Public School, kindergarten-8th grade; The Key Biscayne K-8 Center placed in the top 10% of all Florida schools for overall test scores
- MAST Academy Magnet School, grades 6-12; MAST is the only maritime and science technology magnet high school in the Miami-Dade County public school system
- St. Agnes Academy, prekindergarten-8th grade; a new preschool building featuring state-of-the-art amenities was recently opened in late 2021