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Biscayne National Park Institute

9700 SW 328th St, Biscayne National Park Visitor Center, Homestead, FL 33033-5634
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Awesome Boat Tour!

What a great day! We took the boat tour to Boca Chita Island. Learned about the history of the... read more

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I2495VGlindas
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St Louis, United States
Great excursion!

My sister and I did the paddle boarding excursion to Jones lagoon. It was fantastic! The water was... read more

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Laura L
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Tumwater, Washington
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Biscayne National Park Institute's trips start and end at the Dante Fascel Visitor Center. Sail or powerboat trips can include stopping ashore at Boca Chita or Adams Key, paddling, snorkeling and interpretive tours. Offering half- and full-day trips along with camper transport to Elliott Key.
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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9700 SW 328th St, Biscayne National Park Visitor Center, Homestead, FL 33033-5634
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Reviewed today

What a great day! We took the boat tour to Boca Chita Island. Learned about the history of the island and about the ecosystem at Biscayne National Park. Tour guides were great and had time to explore light house and swim. Awesome laid back day.

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Reviewed yesterday

My sister and I did the paddle boarding excursion to Jones lagoon. It was fantastic! The water was so clear and we are able to see all kinds of marine life during the guided tour with Castle.

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had an wonderful time. We went in mid-June. Bugs were not terrible, but wear bug spray and sun screen. Take a water bottle. Lots of nurse sharks, fish, rays, sea turtle, jellyfish, and birds. Our guides were awesome and very informative about the area...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

I've been visiting Biscayne for a few years now and it's definitely one of my favorite National Parks. Great History, wonderful staff, beautiful park. This time we did the snorkeling adventure and it was fabulous. It wasn't a large coral reef but it was definitely...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Had a great time with only one other couple. New boat to take us to the reef. Great coral reefs for snorkeling, some of the best reefs in the world.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

The water was crystal clear and the corals were stunning colors. Saw lots of beautiful fish. The staff of the boat we rode on were fun, informative, and enjoyable.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Great place for kids...snorkeling paddling ... tour guy very knowledgeable recommend for family with small kids

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Great customer service. Excellent staff. A wonderful one of a kind experience. We will be back soon.

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Reviewed 4 days ago

The captain decided to go on a 10 minute diatribe, publicly castigating my family for using bottled water . . . which was sold at the NPS store. And yes, we have water bottles and there was a good reason we didn’t have them, but...More

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HaroldOchstein, Manager at Biscayne National Park Institute, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We are sorry that you had a difficult experience on your snorkeling trip with the Captain. We have spoken to the person in question to help things go smoother in the future. Sometimes there can be misunderstandings with our intent to encourage conservation and leaving...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

I booked a private eco trip to get information for a novel I was writing. Bryce was a great guide and really made an effort to help me get everything I needed. Highly recommended!

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mrtub
15 February 2018|
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Response from amyspicka | Reviewed this property |
Yes, very primitive in most areas. Off at least one of the island areas are a few vaulted toilets. A few warnings that I would offer would be, one, the mosquitos. Lots of mosquitos in certain area. Also, in at least on of... More
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Jacob R
26 January 2018|
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Response from Moira D | Reviewed this property |
They should be ok. The water is pretty shallow, 15 feet or so to sand bottom, 10 or less to the top of the coral. Viisbility is good. Temperature was in the 70’ when we were there las December. There were a couple of kids in... More
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