Key Biscayne / Crandon Beach Park
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Continent:
North America
Country:
Florida (USA)
Next Big City:
Miami
Next Town:
Miami
 
Type:
Ocean
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
School, Shower, Toilet, Parking


Water
Type:
Shallow, Flat, Chop, Small Wave (< 1m)
Hazards:
Buoys, Stakes
Quality:
Clean
Best Tide:
Tide Independent

Flat water on the inside, esp. low tide, and up to 7 foot waves on the outer sandbar 1/3rd of a mile offshore. Theres no surfing on Crandon but if we get a swell.
Beach
Type:
Sand
Size:
Small
Hazards:
Bystanders
Beach Users:
None

Nice soft sand, beach is 10-15m wide, but just bushes behind the beach. There is enough space to land/launch set up. Just a 150m hike from the parking to the beach.

Wind

Best Months:
January, February, March, April, November, December
Wind Type:
Thermal Winds, Frontal Winds
Best Direction:
N, NNE, NE, SE, SSE, S
Main Direction:
N, NNE, NE, SE, S

On the summer time we will be going on 16 meter kites and in the season (October to June) from 9 to 16 meters depending on the wind. On season (October to June) wind will be ranging from 10-15-25 knts North or Northeast which is sideshore (it gets stronger with a cold front), South winds are always good too. The wind cycles runs for 4-6 days.



How to get there
Transport:
Car
Access:
Medium Walk


Get directions from


From Miami follow I-95 to Key Biscayne, take the first beach parking on the left, North entrance Crandon Park. Use a car. Pay one dollar to go in the key and 4 dollars to go in the park. Parking is $5/day or $60/year.

Extra Information
Rules:
Restricted Zones, Fees, License, Other


Kitesurfer must check in with Miami Kiteboarding. A minimum P.A.S.A. or I.K.O. level 3 certification must be shown as well as insurance, a copy of certification will be kept on file. Kitesurfers will be issued a pennant that must be flown while kite is in use. A limited number of pennants will be given out daily on a first come first served basis. Kitesurfers will be responsible for maintaining a good working safety system. No kitesurfers will be allowed to set up on or near the dunes. Emergency personnel must have access to the entire beach. All kites, strings or boards left in the emergency alley are the responsibility of the rider. The County will not be liable for any damage caused during routine maintenance or emergency rescues. The Kitesurfer is responsible for any damage to the facility or beach. Kitesurfers are required to enter the open water thru the marked channel located between lifeguard stand North 5 and North 6. All riders must remain outside of the channel markers during their ride. No riders will be allowed to surf near the shoreline or on any sandbar or sea grass bed within the markers. Any rider may be asked by any representative of Miami Dade Parks, Miami Dade Water Rescue or Miami Dade Police to leave the premises if the rider has repeatedly disregarded any or all of the above rules. Any rider that has been removed form the beach will not be allowed access to the facility for an amount of time determined by the Park Manager not limited to an indefinite expulsion. PERMISSIBLE kiteboarding times are as follows when the park is open: Sept. 3 to May 19, Seven days per week. May 29 to Sept. 2, Monday morning through Thursday evening.

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