You’ve just touched down in Paradise aka Key Biscayne and you’ve got a full day to explore the island. But, where do you begin? No need to worry. As longtime locals of this charming locale, we’ve got you covered on everywhere to eat, drink, shop, and enjoy your time here. First stop? A proper Breakfast.
Breakfast is Served
Hop into theOasis Cafe as early as 6am and fuel up with huevos, empanadas, arepas, panqueques y mas! Obviously their coffee game is strong so, grab your colada and get your morning off to a strong start.
Modes of Transportation
Now, our favorite mode of transportation around the island is by golf cart or by bike! If you’re going the bike route, head over toKey Cycling and grab some wheels. We love Key Cycling because you can rent theirbicycles by the hour, by the day or even by the week. And don’t worry about helmets, you can rent those too! They open up at 10am every day but Sunday.
Down for the bike riding but not all day? Grab aLimeBike along one of the streets of Key Biscayne and use it for as long or as short as you’d like. Fun Fact: In June of 2017, Key Biscayne became the first city in the United States to roll out LimeBike. You’ll want to download the LimeBike App ahead of time to get your payment info set up and locate your bike. After that, your first 30 minutes are free and then the bikes cost just $1 per half hour.
Wanting a little more speed? You can’t go wrong with a golf cart fromKB Green! Our advice? Make sure you contact them ahead of time to make sure your ride (choose a 4 or 6 seater!) is ready and waiting for you when you arrive.
A Day at the Beach
Now the real fun begins! Since you’re surrounded by water, we highly suggest a beach day. I mean, was that even a question? Our favorite spot isBill Baggs State Park near the Key Biscayne Lighthouse. To get there, travel south on Crandon Boulevard, enter the State Park (It will only cost you $2 on a bike or up to $8 a vehicle) and keep going until you approach the parking lots on the left. Gather your beach gear and walk along one of the boardwalks until you hit the sand. Enjoy the fresh blue waters and Key Biscayne Lighthouse Views all day! Chair and Umbrella Rentals are also available starting at $7.
Unless you’ve packed a cooler full of snacks, the hunger is probably hitting around now. No need to leave the beach, just take a quick walk over to theLighthouse Cafe and enjoy some beachfront casual dining. From fresh ceviche, fried calamari and fish croquettes, burgers, salads and chicken sandwiches, to grouper, snapper, tuna, and of course, seafood paella! There’s something for everyone to eat, drink, and satisfy their sweet tooth with like the key lime pie or guava and mango cheesecake.
Post Beach, who’s down for some shopping? Ladies, we’re talking to you when we say: you must visitCamila Canabal Shop in Key Biscayne. We love when we catch owner and former TV Host, Camila in the shop for fashion tips and styling advice. Whether or not you came to the island with tons of clothes, you’ll want to add something from the shop like a purse from her line:Camila Canabal,Biscayners Sunglasses or a beautiful wrap maxi skirt fromArtTeca to your souvenir collection.
Shopping makes us hungry too, so go ahead and spoil dinner with some sweets fromPiononos. Our suggestion? Bring friends and try a little of everything. But seriously, thestrawberry pavlova, bite-size alfajores, small key lime pies, chocolate cake and the enrollado de caramelo are to die for.
At some point in the afternoon, you’ll want to head back to your AirBnb or Hotel to get cleaned up for the evening. As much as Key Biscayne is a casual beach city, you’ll want to at least freshen up some before our next stop: Happy Hour!
The Happiest of Hours
We’ve been to a lot of pre-dinner drink spots and there is something aboutThe Ritz Carlton that keeps us coming back for more. Perhaps it’s the sunset views, or the unlimited serving of coconut and lime jelly beans, or maybe it’s the laid back, yet upscale atmosphere, or the ridiculously good cocktails and drink specials fromLightkeepers, or probably a combination of them all. Just don’t skip this spot, cool?
For dinner, you’ve got some options: either stay put at the Ritz (a great idea) and dive into a fine array of surf, turf, and waterfront dining at Lightkeepers, go a little more casual atCantina Beach (think delicious Mexican food and tequila tastings) or head down the street to the super casual yet super tastyTutto Pizza and Pasta. Are you hungry just reading this? Us too! You really can’t go wrong with any of these so dig in and enjoy!
We hope you are ready to have a fun-filled day in Key Biscayne! If you live here too, (lucky!) what are some of your favorite must see spots?