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Boca Chita Key — Biscayne National Park

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National Park Service

Biscayne National Park

Overview

Boca Chita Key is only accessible by boat. No services are available on the island. Boca Chita Key is the park's most popular island. It features beautiful waterfront views, a grassy camping area, picnic tables and grills. Toilets are available, but there are no showers, sinks or drinking water. The harbor entrance at low tide is approximately four feet.__ This location is available on a first-come, first-served basis only. Visitors are required to physically arrive at the campground to purchase and claim a site. Once on-site, you can pay for your campsite(s) by scanning a QR code using the Recreation.gov mobile app.__ There is limited cellular connectivity at this location. Please download the free Recreation.gov mobile app and create an account prior to arrival.

Recreation

Boca Chita Key features daytime use and overnight camping. Grills and picnic tables are in designated camping areas. A half mile hiking trail starts just east of the restrooms. The trail continues to the south end of the island and emerges near the pavilion.

Facilities

Boca Chita Key features daytime use and overnight camping. Grills and picnic tables are in designated camping areas. A half mile hiking trail starts just east of the restrooms. The trail continues to the south end of the island and emerges near the pavilion.

Natural Features

The iconic and historic lighthouse, built by Mark Honeywell in the 1930s, guides boats to the beauty and wonders of the park. Boca Chita is the most visited island in the park. The observation deck of the 65 foot tall lighthouse provides a fantastic view of islands, bay, ocean and Miami skyline. If park employees are around they may be able to open the observation deck for viewing. A half mile hiking trail starts just east of the restrooms. The trail continues to the south end of the island and emerges near the pavilion.

Nearby Attractions

Boca Chita Key is located just north of Elliott Key.

Charges & Cancellations

Ensure one of the designated 21 campsites is available prior to paying. Once payment is made on-site, we do not offer refunds or modifications.

Fee Info

Fees are required for overnight camping and docking and must be paid prior to sunset.____ As of January 1, 2024 there is a $25 docking fee Friday - Monday and Federal Holidays.Campers that dock a boat Friday-Monday are required to pay both the camping and docking fee. The campground overnight camping fee is $35 and is assessed between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.__

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Location

Boca Chita Key — Biscayne National Park is located in Florida

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Directions

Boca Chita Key is only accessible by boat.__Use of a nautical chart and/or GPS is recommended for safe navigation.

Coordinates

25.5231 N
80.1746 W

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Access

  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
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    Available
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Site Types

  • Tent Sites

Features

For Campers

  • Phone Service
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets

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Brenda K.
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2021

Clean and scenic

This campground has grills and is waterside (accessible by boat). It has a beautiful waterfront view and plenty of picnic tables. Toilets are available but no showers, sinks or drinking water. We enjoyed our stay there but remember to bring bug spray! It is home to many animals and plants with over 500 species of fish. Beautiful coral reefs.

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Boca Chita Key — Biscayne National Park by Brenda K., August 26, 2021
Jean C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2020

You'll need a boat, but it's gorgeous

This small island in Biscayne National Park offers a distant view of the Miami skyline, gorgeous aqua water for swimming, snorkeling, boating and fishing. A small lighthouse stands above the protected harbor. There's a small trail around the wooded end of the island. 

You can stay on your boat or pitch a tent on the island. There are spots along the shore and if it's full, you can pitch a tent on the grassy field. The back of the island has a small beach for swimming.  It's $25/night to camp for up to 6 people with an additional charge if you have more in your group. Pay the iron ranger.

Between generators and music, it's not a quiet island. Tour boats from the park bring crowds a couple of times a time.

There are flush toilets and the odor is so strong you won't linger! Bring potable water. 

There are picnic tables and grills available.

Month of VisitFebruary
  • Review photo of Boca Chita Key — Biscayne National Park by Jean C., February 27, 2020
  • Review photo of Boca Chita Key — Biscayne National Park by Jean C., February 27, 2020
  • Review photo of Boca Chita Key — Biscayne National Park by Jean C., February 27, 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Boca Chita Key — Biscayne National Park have wifi?

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