Biscayne National Park, Florida

North American National Park #47: Biscayne, Florida
North American National Park #47: Biscayne, Florida

Camera NIKON D300S
ISO 160
Focal Length 20mm
Aperture f/3.5
Exposure Time 1/4000

Biscayne National Park consists of 95% water. The 5% which is dry land is mostly on islands which are inaccessible by car (they actually are the northern most of the Florida Keys). There is a small sliver of park which is on the mainland, which is the only place you can actually visit the park if you do not have a boat.

Biscayne is located just south of Miami, so in theory it is very easy to visit. It is about 40 minutes south of downtown Miami and just a 15 minute drive from the city of Homestead. The visitor center is easily accessible and it is not far from Everglades National Park as well.

However, even though the visitor’s center is easy to visit, the rest of the park is inaccessible without a boat, as it is mostly water. Also, there is currently no company with a concession to run boat tours in the park, so you would have to arrange transportation privately.

Given its aquatic nature, it was also a challenging park to photograph. Ideally, I would have taken underwater shots, but it was possible given my normal travel camera setup.