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3-Day Island Adventure

Key Biscayne’s tranquil waters and serene settings make it a haven for visitors who prefer their activities and aquatic adventures to unfold at a more enjoyable pace. This barrier island packs a lot of recreational opportunities into roughly 7 square miles — biking, hiking, golf and tennis for landlubbers, and everything from wading to windsurfing, water-skiing and deep-sea fishing for those who take to the waves.

Day

1

MORNING
  • Sunrise Salutations.

    All yoga poses become balance poses during Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga classes. Miami Kiteboarding conducts the sessions in shallow, placid water just off North Beach in Crandon Park, a splendid spot for introducing the element of water into your practice.

  • Go for a Drive.

    Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne is a challenge from the first tee — the par-5, 548-yard hole transverses one of seven saltwater lakes and brashly snakes its way through eight sand traps. Gutsy golfers who tackle all 18 holes are rewarded with dazzling views of mangrove forests and the sparkling waters of Biscayne Bay.

MIDDAY
  • Lunch al Fresco.

    Featuring plush sofas and cabanas, a gourmet burger selection and a wide array of champagne and rose, Dune Burgers on the Beach is reminiscent of lazy afternoons in St. Tropez. Enjoy a juicy burger will soaking in the ocean views.

AFTERNOON
  • Park Place.

    There’s yet more to explore in the sprawling Crandon Park campus: The former coconut plantation also houses a 26-court tennis center, a family amusement park, the Bear Cut Preserve environmental study area and 2 magnificent miles of beaches.

  • Surrender to Serenity.

    Relax and revitalize at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Key Biscayne. The Power Hour body treatment includes salt and oil exfoliation and a back massage to reawaken the senses, while the After Sun Ritual soothes and nourishes skin with cooling and moisturizing oils and extracts.

EVENING
  • Seafood Special.

    The menu at El Gran Inka, overseen by Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef Felipe Villanueva, offers a Peruvian spin on seafood favorites — ceviche flambéed with Pisco and rocoto sauce; tuna steaks over yellow-pepper risotto with a chicha morada reduction. Salud!

Day

2

MORNING
  • Bonjour, Breakfast.

    Opt for an omelet at La Boulangerie Boul’Mich. The artisanal bakery, named after Paris’ eclectic Boulevard Saint-Michel, also specializes in French-inspired pastries — croissants, anyone?

MIDDAY
  • Wreck-reation.

    Snorkel or scuba-dive past the shipwrecks that constitute most of the points on the Maritime Heritage Trail. Start at the “the Eye of Miami” — Fowey Rocks Lighthouse towering 130 feet above the waters off Cape Florida — then sail or motor on to survey the remains of schooners, steamers and other ships that grounded on reefs and sank.

AFTERNOON
  • Sails and Tails.

    Hobie Beach, off the Rickenbacker Causeway, is best known for two things: fantastic windsurfing and the only dog-friendly beach in Miami-Dade County. The Rickenbacker Trail that runs by the beach offers a smooth 9-mile path for bikers, pedestrians and in-line skaters.

  • Perfect Your Serve.

    Featuring one hard court and 10 soft clay Hydrocourts, the Cliff Drysdale Tennis Center is the perfect place to work on your game in a clinic or simply play a match or two against other resort guests.

EVENING
  • Ride Off into the Sunset.

    Before the sun dips below the horizon, explore the island’s hidden trails and dedicated bike lanes on one of the rental bikes available at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne.

  • Go into the Lightkeepers.

    Seafood is the star at Lightkeepers at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami. The restaurant keeps a strong focus on progressive, modern coastal cuisine sourced from local and boutique farms and vendors.

Day

3

MORNING
  • South American Sampler.

    Try the Venezuelan Tasting at Artisan Kitchen and Bar and enjoy five different breakfast picaduras, including cachapas (fresh corn cakes with cheese and ham) mini empanadas and crispy arepas.

  • A Breathtaking View.

    Climb the 109 stairs to the top of Cape Florida Light at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and gaze out on the Atlantic. The landmark’s fascinating history — arson and artillery attacks by Seminole Indians, sabotage by Confederate sympathizers during the Civil War — makes it a marvel the building is the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County.

MIDDAY
  • Man the Lunch Pads.

    The oceanfront Lighthouse Café is moments away from Cape Florida Light, with seafood selections aplenty. Or pilot your craft around the key to dock at No Name Cove, where what once was a hideaway for pirates and smugglers is now home to the waterside Boaters Grill.

  • Hit the Beach.

    The mile-long beach at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park has been ranked among the best in the nation by coastal ecologist Stephen Leatherman, aka “Dr. Beach.” In addition to its powder-fine sand, the area has some of the best shoreline fishing in the region.

  • Clear Your Sights.

    Be sure to stick around until sunset. The park is one of the few spots where you can watch the sun set with no obstructions from man-made buildings or other land masses.

AFTERNOON
  • Park Place.

    There’s yet more to explore in the sprawling Crandon Park campus: The former coconut plantation also houses a 26-court tennis center, a family amusement park, the Bear Cut Preserve environmental study area and 2 magnificent miles of beaches.

  • Surrender to Serenity.

    Relax and revitalize at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Key Biscayne. The Power Hour body treatment includes salt and oil exfoliation and a back massage to reawaken the senses, while the After Sun Ritual soothes and nourishes skin with cooling and moisturizing oils and extracts.

EVENING
  • Set Course for Cuba.

    Sip a signature mixology cocktail at Rumbar, which offers a half-dozen specialty drinks inspired by Hemingway and Havana, along with multiple mojitos and more than 100 selections of rum.

  • Then Make for Mexico.

    For dinner, enjoy the best of coastal Mexican cuisine at Cantina Beach, a casual oceanfront restaurant that pairs fresh fare with stunning views.