Today i will give a little background on where we are staying here in Florida. As i mentioned before Key Biscayne is a small barrier island right off the coast very near Miami.
As you can see from the above picture you come onto the island by way of the Rickenboker Bridge and Causeway, ( named after the famed world war one ace, Eddie Rickenboker) . From there, there is only one main one down to the bottom, or to the state park, called Crandon Blvd. Key Biscayne is sort of divided into three areas, the first one in the above third of the picture is called Crandon park, here, there is a huge marina, golf course, and very large park on the ocean side, which is on the right. Tons of parking, hiking, biking trails and of course, a few miles of beaches. The middle third is the village of Key Biscayne proper. Crandon Blvd, has all the stores, shops, eateries, etc. They have only one grocery store, the Winn- Dixie, most shops are high end. There is not a McDonalds, burger King or anything of that sort at all. The left area is where all the single family homes are, Which is on the bay side. The right side has all the condo’s ,resorts, like the Ritz- Carlton etc, that faces the ocean side and has all beach access. There are about 13,000 people living here all toll. The lower third is all state park, Crandon Blvd, just ends at the entrance to the park. The left side or bay side has a sea wall along with fishing piers along it’s 2 mile length, the right side, or ocean side has almost 1.5 miles of white sandy beach. The very bottom is where the lighthouse and light keepers cottage is. All total the island is about 5 miles long and maybe 1 mile wide at it’s widest point. We are staying very close to the bottom, more in the middle area, about 1/8 mile to the bay side and 1/8 mile to the ocean side. Hope that gives you an idea where we are, we have been here about one month now. Very little rain, with temps in the mid 70’s. My next post will be about the history of Key Biscayne.