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Planning Your Trip

Situated on Key Biscayne and flanked by the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park to the south and Crandon Park to the north, The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle of South Beach (even though it’s only a few minutes’ drive). Whether you plan to hide away at the resort or venture inland for a night on the town, here’s what you should pack for your visit.

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Beach Vacation

Perched on miles of golden beaches, it’s all about the sun, sand and relaxation here, and visitors would be wise to pack accordingly.


  • Bring a bathing suit (or two). You’ll probably spend much of your time at one of the two pools or lounging on the beach, drink in hand.
  • Pack a smart pair of sandals that can easily transition from the beach to lunch or dinner.
  • A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses are essentials, particularly if you’re out on the water paddle boarding, sailing or kayaking.  
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Weekend Getaway

If you’re looking to get a real taste of Miami, pack for a few different situations:



  • A beach day necessitates a bathing suit and the accouterments, but don’t forget to also pack a kaftan, shawl or light linen shirt to ward off any chill from air conditioning indoors.
  • For a day walking around South Beach, focus on clothing in light fabrics like cotton and linen to help beat the heat, and stow a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated on the go.
  • Miami is famous for its nightlife, from clubs to fine dining, so pack a few pieces that are meant to impress — vibrant colors and bold patterns are practically de rigueur.  
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Resort Essentials

Beyond time at the beach, there is so much to do without ever leaving the resort. Don’t forget to bring these essentials:


  • If you’re going to play 18 at the challenging par-72 Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne course just minutes from the hotel, bring a light waterproof layer in case of a surprise shower.
  • Whether you’re lounging at one of the two pools or at the beach, be sure to bring your swim essentials and plenty of sunscreen.
  • If you’re traveling with kids, they’ll want to get involved in the Ritz Kids activities. Make sure they have a comfy pair of sneakers, a bathing suit and a hat, and consider a rash guard with SPF to protect their skin during long days at the on-property water park.  
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Don't Forget:

Bring an umbrella. Miami may average a balmy 77 degrees, but it also sees its fair share of rainstorms — about 128 days each year.

At The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, it’s all about good food, relaxation and fresh air. Book a few experiences before your visit to really enjoy everything the resort has to offer:

Dining Reservations

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The resort offers five restaurants, from grab-and-go to fine dining. Make sure to reserve a table at the newest spot, Lightkeepers, for fresh-from-the-ocean oysters and shrimp, and locally sourced dishes like Palmetto Creek pork with candied yam purée and mustard molasses glaze, all while enjoying the stunning oceanfront views. If you’re in the mood for a post-dinner drink, Rumbar stays open late and offers more than 85 rums, piscos and cachaças from 18 countries; enjoy a drink and a cigar while listening to live music. No reservation is needed at Scoop, the poolside ice cream parlor, but you’ll want to pencil in time to visit for a cone or a fresh smoothie.

Spa Appointments

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The 25,000-square-foot spa offers a coed sanctuary for relaxation, eucalyptus steam room, sauna, whirlpool and vitamin C-infused shower for pre- or post-treatment R&R. Book ahead for one of the spa’s signature treatments like the Coconut Nourishment Ritual, which includes a sugar cane coconut scrub, body massage, nourishing wrap and scalp treatment. Or the Tequesta Ritual, which aims to aid in detoxification through an algae wrap, an aromatherapy massage and a scalp massage. 

Children’s Activities

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The Ritz Kids program offers fun activities for children ages 5–12. Activities are customized to the age of each child but include fun events like face painting, animal shows, magic shows, poolside games, arts and crafts, kickball and even live “mermaids” by the pool. Snack breaks with kid-friendly treats like chicken fingers, fresh fruit, popcorn and more are included. Reserve a spot for your child by 5 p.m. the day before.

Outdoor Excursions

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Enjoy the beautiful Miami weather by renting a bicycle on the property to explore the grounds or to venture farther afield to the many hidden bicycle trails that wind through the island. If you’re interested in getting out on the water, there are many nonmotorized activities that can be arranged through the hotel: boating, fishing, riding Jet-Skis and much more. Nearby, visit the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens — a National Historic Landmark and European-inspired estate — to not only tour the interiors of the main house but also to explore the 10 acres of gardens on Biscayne Bay as well as a serene native forest.

Located just 15 minutes from the big city bustle of Miami, Key Biscayne concentrates myriad opportunities for relaxation and recreation in less than 7 square miles. The barrier island’s picturesque town is bookended by stunning wilderness parkland filled with natural beauty and historic sites. Here, you can soak up the sun on one of the nation’s most-acclaimed beaches, hike the grassy trails of a tropical hammock, and perfect your skills on the golf course or tennis courts — all in the same day, if you’re so inclined. But why rush? This island’s attractions are best experienced at a more leisurely pace.

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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.


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Family Vacation Fun

Key Biscayne’s tranquil waters, beautiful beaches and laid-back village vibe make it a haven for families who can’t wait to dive, figuratively or literally, into the fun. Wade out from lagoon-style beaches or set sail for deeper waters — there are options aplenty, as well as bountiful outdoor recreation for those who prefer to stay ashore. No matter if you prefer to paddle, pedal or putt, you’ll be pleased by all Key Biscayne has to offer.


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