February 11, 2013 — The last of the three national parks we came to visit on our “Southern States Road Trip” – Biscayne NP. Ninety-five percent of this national park is under water, so much of the beauty here remains invisible except to those who either boat into the waters of Biscayne Bay or those who snorkel. There are four distinct ecosystems here: a strip of mangroves bordering the shore of Biscayne Bay; part of the bay itself, the northernmost islands of the Florida Keys, and the northernmost section of the world’s third largest coral reef.
The waters are teeming with colorful marine life, manatees, and coral, and while this is truly a snorkelers paradise, we opted not to do so on this trip; opting instead to walk the shoreline among the mangroves, birds and fish. The National Park System does offer daily boat trips out into the bay (we arrived too late to do this), and visitors can bring their own canoes or kayaks or rent them, so there are many ways to enjoy this very unique undersea wilderness.
Hover your pointer over the photo, below, then click on the arrows to scroll through a few photos from Biscayne.