Boca Chita Key
Boca Chita Key
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Key in Biscayne National Park offering nature hiking trails.
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Kim L
10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
To call this place a national park is a complete joke. This “park” has been taken over completely by disrespectful and downright disruptive boaters. They have zero respect for anyone but themselves. They have turned it into their free party zone - breaking every rule that is clearly posted and worst of all, the rules are not enforced by the park “rangers” or whoever they call themselves. Loud (and I mean LOUD) music plays all day and all night from every boat. They have their dogs, their liquor (and who knows what else), and are screaming drunk all day and night. They will approach you and warn you not to call the police on them. It would not matter if someone did, because the police/rangers came right through the park and didn’t enforce a single rule. If you are looking for a place to camp (as they advertise you can do here), or peace and quiet, or a true national park experience - this place is NOT it. Choose to go elsewhere. Somewhere far enough away that you won’t hear all the noise. It is a total shame, and a total disgrace that this has been allowed to happen, a complete lack of law enforcement. So sad. There was no option for zero stars, but that is what I would give Boca Chita.
Written 16 February 2024
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Colleen C
Troy, NY2,471 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This is a very small Island at the Northern end of the Biscayne NP. You can walk the hike and see the lighthouse all within an hour. The hike is mostly covered by the tropical foliage, then there is a open field where the Barn that the parties used to be held at and finally the Northern end has clean beaches and the Faux Lighthouse. Anyone can go onto this Island and pay a fee on the National Park website in order to camp over night and dock the ship.

Only bad thing about this Island is PLEASE use the Restroom before you go onto this Island~ the men's & women's side are very unsanitary which is saying it nicely.
Written 30 January 2024
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72wildflower
South Jordan, UT60 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
It needs to have a visitor center or gift shop. Many biting bugs that are ruthless. Storm cleanup nit yet done, fencing is also around any type of amenities for ongoing renovations
Written 20 January 2024
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worktotravel14
Trenton, NJ3,040 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We went to Boca Chita key as part of a boat tour. The tour with the Biscayne By Institute is wonderful because of its stops at other keys and the sharing of the history of this place. It's fun to learn about the evergreen party atmosphere and debauchery that this key has always had. In times long ago they'd shoot off canons to announce the arrival of weekend revelers. There is a historic lighthouse and estate that you can visit and a beach to swim in, take in pelicans and other sea birds, and to just enjoy vast ocean views. The challenge is that the party atmosphere continues to this day. So while the beach, lighthouse, and greenery were all impressive, it was also hard to think straight with booming music and the general party vibe. Boats are allowed to tie up for free with permits at the park. You are supposed to haul out trash and leave zero impact but that does not happen. There is also very limited shade on the key, so keep sunscreen on for reapplying at all times.

So there are some downsides, but anyone going to the national park should learn the history and take, at least, one visit.
Written 11 June 2023
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B C
Northville, MI6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Nikos was a great naturalist. The captain was super nice also. We had 2 teens with us who enjoyed every minute. We learned some history and info about the birds In the area. The lighthouse was pretty cool but the small beach was amazing. My kids swam for a good 30 min and they loved it because they can see the fish while swimming. I would recommend Biscayne park to everyone. We also took a snorkeling tour which was equally amazing. So much to do. Spend some time exploring this park.
Written 30 March 2023
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BATMAN & CATWOMAN
Long Island, NY3,364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
A great place to visit and enjoy the day enjoying the beach , the Lighthouse and you may even see a sea animal.
Written 31 January 2023
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216jent
Grand Rapids6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
While we loved seeing Boca Chita key and it was fun to walk around the island for an hour. The boat tour was just OK. We had expected there to be more of an informative narrative during the 45 minute trip each way to and from the key. But there was virtually nothing. There was a naturalist on board, Spencer, who worked at the Biscayne bay Institute. But she didn’t talk more than five minutes for an intro when we got on the boat and five minutes when we were on the island. I guess I expected that during the boat ride they would talk about the wildlife, history and about the park. My tween and teen kids thought the boat ride was boring but the island was cool. We did not feel like this boat trip. We did not feel this boat ride was very representative of the Biscayne bay national park. I’d suggest to pick a different experience. Also, if you sit in front expect to get wet.
Written 17 January 2023
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Tour788194
52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Touring Boca Chita island and going up in the lighthouse.The Stiltsville very interesting history too.Party place back in the day
Written 12 January 2023
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TAP647
Chicago, IL498 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Worth a visit because there is something for everyone - climb the lighthouse and take in the views, go on a short trail walk, or enjoy the beach (sea shelling). This is worth an hour visit. The views are great. The restrooms are not !!!
Written 27 December 2022
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Fearlesskaz
Towson, MD48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
We stopped here as part of a snorkeling tour. Family of adults with 7, 10, and 12 year old kids enjoyed this! Seeing the lighthouse (we got lucky and were there when it was open to climb), the beach, and the beautiful water were highlights. There is a “hike”/walking path that was not secluded or particularly beautiful. Unfortunately, visitors have left trash around there. Definitely a party vibe with multiple different boats around the island playing loud music. The water is beautiful and clear!
Written 10 April 2022
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