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Jorge Castillo: Local beach outings have always been a big part of the Miami lifestyle.

Glenn Lindgren: Island-loving Cubans naturally love sand and surf. In fact, a typical vacation for Miami residents is to rent a place at the beach for a week or two, even when home is less than an hour away.

Jorge Castillo: Although it might seem strange to visitors from more northerly climes, going to the beach for Cubans is strictly a summertime phenomenon.

Raúl Musibay: No matter how hot it might get, Cubans will not go to the beach in the winter; that is for the tourists!

Key Biscayne: A Great Place for a Day at the Beach

Glenn Lindgren: Although many love hotel-lined Miami Beach, or favor northern beaches such as Surfside and Haulover, the best places for a quick getaway are the small, pine-lined strips along the Rickenbacker Causeway just south of downtown.

Jorge Castillo: Affectionately called "Los Pinitos," these areas offer easy parking just steps away from the beach. Miamians love the relaxed atmosphere, where the family dog can share the surf with the wife and kids.

Glenn Lindgren: When Cubans want to spend the day at the beach or have a big beach picnic, they tend go to either the Cape Florida Light House Beach (part of the Bill Baggs State Recreation Area) or Crandon Park, both on the island of Key Biscayne.

Jorge Castillo: Cape Florida Light House Beach -- known to Cubans as "El Farito" -- on the southernmost tip of Key Biscayne offers a great beach experience with plenty of sand and warm ocean water all within sight of a historic lighthouse.

Raúl Musibay: The beach here is very tranquil, a reef six miles off shore helps break up the waves.

Jorge Castillo: El Farito has two restaurants that serve Cuban food and there are bicycles, beach chairs, ocean kayaks, hydro bikes, and beach umbrellas for rent.

Raúl Musibay: There is a small parking fee, but plenty of parking with just a short walk to the beach. Showers and changing rooms here are well kept and clean.

Jorge Castillo: The other big beach area is in Crandon Park, in the middle of the island.

Raúl Musibay: Crandon Park features an idyllic two-mile long beach that is known for an off-shore sandbar that keeps the wave activity down and is a great place for novice ocean swimmers.

Jorge Castillo: Even poor swimmers can enjoy the water safely as Crandon has 13 lifeguard towers that allow a constant supervision on the beach.

Glenn Lindgren: Crandon also has a small amusement center with a roller rink and a historic merry-go-round. The kids love it!

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You cannot get to some of the best beaches in Miami without taking the Rickenbacker Causeway to Key Biscayne, a trip that will cost you a dollar. Best of all, they let you leave the island for free! If you are visiting Miami, eat at the nearby café or make your own picnic with family-style Cuban takeout from one of the many "food-by-the-pound" restaurants that dot the Miami landscape.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

The park with the lighthouse and acres of room to enjoy a beach picnic. The area features a long sandy beach with shallow water that extends for several yards beyond the shore.

HOURS: Florida state parks are open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year.

ADMISSION/FEES: $5.00 per vehicle, including up to eight visitors. | Single-occupant vehicle, $3.00. | $1.00 each per bicycle/individual walk-in.

Features: Concession stands including Cuban and seafood at the Lighthouse Café.

Key Biscayne Beaches

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HOURS: 8:00 a.m. to sundown

Parking: $5.00

ADMISSION/FEES: Cabana rentals are $20.00 per day, plus a $10.00 deposit

Crandon Park

For those coming to spend a day at the beach:

Blue Sky

Why not bring your own food for a day at the beach?

A great place to get Cuban food to go. All of the items are in glass cases so that you merely pick out whatever catches your eye. Try out that high school Spanish, speak your everyday English, or just point. Pick up Cuban picnic mainstays such as roast pork, ropa vieja, masitas, Cuban-style spare ribs, chicharrones, and more. However, whatever you do, don't forget the black beans and rice!

Blue Sky has numerous locations around Miami, but the location that is nearest to the beaches of Key Biscayne is located here:

HOURS: Monday through Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. | Sunday 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


ATMOSPHERE: Very casual

The Lighthouse Café at Bill Baggs State Park

Location, location, location. Did we mention that this one is right inside the park? Cuban finger foods (aren't they all?) and a surprisingly affordable lobster plate.

HOURS: Daily 8:30 a.m. to sundown

PRICES: Moderate

ATMOSPHERE: Very casual

Clean sandy beaches, calm water, concession stands, and multiple picnic areas with tables and grills make Crandon Park a great beach destination. The Family Amusement Center provides diversions for those who tire of the beach scene.
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
1200 South Crandon Boulevard
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Crandon Park
4000 Crandon Boulevard
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Blue Sky
5751 Southwest 40th Street
Miami, FL 33155
Lighthouse Café
1200 South Crandon Boulevard
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
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