Miami Biscayne National Park: The Underwater Treasure Chest of History, Colour and Buried Secrets

Biscayne National Park holds a myriad of mysteries, secrets and natural wonders; ranging from jaw-dropping scenery to vast coral reefs, alive and bustling with a full spectrum of tropical fish and other aquatic wildlife- there is a lot more to see than meets the eye!

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Biscayne Bay

Biscayne National Park is one of the largest marine parks in the National Park system. Comprised of 95% water as well as a portion of the third largest coral reef in the world, this National Park is almost exclusively accessible by boat. If you really want to see why Biscayne is so widely renowned, you’ll need to get below the surface to really experience this treasure chest of history, nature and an unforgettable display of colour.

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The Secrets Beneath the Surface

The human history of this immense body of water and scattering of islands dates back almost 10,000 years, to the very first Native American settlements and Caribbean societies. Buried amongst the bejeweled coral reefs many meters under the water, or nestled safely within the timeless, emerald forests and twisting maze of mangroves, the history of humanity is embedded into the nature of Biscayne Bay, swallowed up, but not forgotten. Biscayne Bay holds the key to a myriad of secrets, and it’s up to us to find the clues and piece together the puzzle of life.

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Boca Chita Key

During the 17th and 18th Century, Biscayne Bay was the centre of operations for a notoriously revered pirate: Black Caesar. The name of Black Caesar resonates throughout history; being the subject of many myths and tales, it is said that Black Caesar had used Elliott Key and Old Rhodes Key as bases for buried treasure that had been seized from North American ships and trade ships of other nationalities. The evidence of major conflicts is laid-bare on the bottom of the ocean in the form of shipwrecks, cannonballs and various other relics, preserved over time, that have been gracefully absorbed into the natural world and transformed into beautifully established, perfectly functioning vibrant coral reefs, alive with a myriad of flashing colours.

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The Sunken Wreck of Erl King, 1891

Biscayne National Park has something to offer for everyone; from lovers of history, to those who become captivated by the wonders of the natural world, to those who become captivated by the warmth of the sun and the sparkling, golden sand. The Maritime Heritage Trail, preserved carefully by the park rangers, paints an illustration of human history through various nautical skeletons and ancient infrastructure, such as the Fowey Rocks Lighthouse, which was built in 1878. This trail is only accessible via boat, so if you want to travel through history then get in touch with us about Miami Day Charters!

What some may see as the biggest attraction of Biscayne National Park can be found absolutely everywhere; under every rock, hidden in every nook and cranny; on land, in the sea and even in the sky… This is referring to the vast range of wildlife that inhabits Biscayne Bay, from the smallest insect to possibly the largest crocodile you will ever see, Biscayne Bay is home to a surprisingly wide variety of animals.

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For SCUBA divers, there is an endless list of sealife to be found beneath the surface; ranging from Turtles, Seahorses, Angelfish and Scorpionfish to a myriad of Shark species (including Great White) and the more friendly Dolphins– if you’re lucky you may even bump into a peaceful Manatee, which is a protected species in this National Park, but everywhere you look there’ll be something waiting to catch your eye!

For twitchers (bird watchers to the layman), Biscayne National Park offers an enchanting assortment of bird species; from your Common Loon, to the American Flamingo, to the rather self-descriptive Greater Yellowlegs, to name a few. On land, there is a spectrum of reptiles, butterflies and insects for you to search for, as well as native rodents such as the Key Largo cotton mouse.

Kayaking through the Mangroves

Biscayne National Park is perfect for fishermen, photographers, artists, explorers, sunbathers – you can see where this list is going, but most importantly, this secluded island surrounded by a plethora of buried secrets is only accessible by boat. Imagine yourself waking up in the morning on board your own private yacht, stepping out onto the sundeck and enjoying your morning coffee with this tropical paradise as your back garden for the day- it can’t get much better than that!

If, after reading this blog, you’re itching to go on an excursion to see for yourself the breathtaking sights and menagerie of wildlife, we can help you, just drop us a message and we will sort you out with a personalised itinerary.

Fun & Frolics Sailing from Ft. Lauderdale

Ft. Lauderdale, sometimes known as the Venice of America for its extensive system of canals, is a sailing mecca and a superb destination for a bareboat catamaran charter.  Seminole Indians may have been the region’s first inhabitants but it is Major William Lauderdale that the city is named after.  During the Second Seminole War he led a group of Tennessee Volunteers into the area and built the New River Fort, the location of the city we know today.

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The 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Review

The day that you have all been waiting for has finally arrived! FLIBS 2014 was a complete success, combining innovation and technology with some of the most stunning yachts in the world. After extensively critiquing the very best crewed motor yachts available for charter in the world, the Boatbookings Brokerage team bring you some of their highlights from this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Whether it was helping raise awareness for breast cancer, taking refuge from the rain and meeting the outstanding crew on WATERSHED II, or being blown away by the incredible SWAN, the Boatbookings Team are even more inspired to help you plan your next charter!

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Boatbookings FLIBS Preview on TOUCAN TOO

Are you fortunate enough to be attending this year’s prestigious Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show? Spread over 7 locations and covering 3 million square feet of space, FLIBS 2014 promises to be bigger and better than ever! Even though the show does not start for another day, the Boatbookings Team were lucky to get a sneak preview of this year’s event while cruising the stunning water ways of Fort Lauderdale. If you’re looking for a fun day on the water out of Fort Lauderdale with family and friends, the 41’ power catamaran TOUCAN TOO would be the perfect yacht for you.

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Fall into TEMPTATION this Winter in Florida and the Bahamas

At Boatbookings, we love bringing you the newest charter yachts in the most exciting and sought after holiday destinations. With just over 3 weeks until the start of the 55th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), we wait in great anticipation to critique some of the very best charter yachts for your next charter in Florida and the Caribbean. The show has not even started, yet we are able to bring you one of the most talked about yachts in Fort Lauderdale at the moment in the Palmer Johnson 123′, TEMPTATION.

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Unforgettable Florida – Our Managing Director’s Account

Capucine, Managing Director at Boatbookings.com has just returned from an unforgettable trip to Fort Lauderdale. Apart from welcoming our wonderful new US Charter Director Allison Cecilio, she also re-discovered what makes the Floridian coastline the enchanting holiday and charter destination it is. This blog is her account of three key moments that made her fall back in love with Florida!

1. Alligator spotting tour in the Everglades.

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A little bit of drama here as we were skimming in an airboat over the sawgrass swampland, having seen a number of alligators, and our airboat broke down! Now I’m not shy when it comes to an adventure but having been told these six foot alligators could jump three times their length a slight nervousness came about…

Luckily the rescue boat arrived quickly and we all made it back to base! I couldn’t help but think this wouldn’t have happened on a luxury yacht charter, but an incredible experience. With around 1.5 million crocodiles in Florida it’s a must-do trip!

2. Visiting Port Everglades

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One of the largest cruise ship ports in the world, I counted no less than 8 large cruise ships in the port, each one taller than every building around. Quite a spectacular sight! I couldn’t help but think that a cruise is the perfect opportunity to arrive in port and enjoy a private and thoroughly relaxing day out on the sea. Whether you head down to Miami or just enjoy the sights and sounds of Florida a day boat rental allows you to do all this and escape the crowds.

3. The variety on offer!

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Whilst sat in my hotel, I look outside my window to see quite an awe-inspiring sight. It was motor yacht TATS, one of my favourites by Alloy Yachts launched in 2009. Although I was impressed by the yacht, what was most impressive was its proximity to the coast! Fort Lauderdale is America’s own Venice with over 165 miles of navigable intracoastal waterway, meaning you can spend days enjoying the wonderful climate and friendly atmosphere with the option of heading out and enjoying the privacy of the ocean as and when you feel like it! A truly unforgettable vacation experience on offer here.

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Another personal highlight was visiting the newly re-fitted VICTORIA DEL MAR II. A stunning yacht with elegant beach house styling and ample space for al fresco dining for 12 on the expansive sun-deck. The great news is she’s available for charter in Florida and the Bahamas at the moment, and will be heading to the glorious French Riviera for the summer. An option I cannot recommend highly enough!

For more information on chartering in Fort Lauderdale and on the Florida coastline, contact our expert broker team today.

The Best of British Yachting in Miami

We already know Miami is the place to be this winter, why not enjoy the best of British but with better weather?! TUONO is a Sunseeker Manhattan 74, embodying and exuding the sleek and sporty but spacious style associated with her manufacturer. Charter TUONO and you can enjoy a yacht from famed the British manufacturer, combined with the party atmosphere of Miami’s coastlines. Take a day trip to Nikki Beach or a long weekend and head to the Bimini islands in the Bahamas for some incredible fishing opportunities.

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She’s more than equipped for families and big groups, with not one but two jet skis, kayaks and other water toys to keep yourselves entertained as you cruise the golden coasts of Florida. Her spacious flybridge provides a magnificent vantage point to enjoy a barbecue al fresco or under the shade of the bimini.

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The crew of 3 will ensure your charter is unforgettable in the famed American customer service style. Do not miss this opportunity to escape to the sunny climes of Miami this winter and enjoy our range of fantastic boats available for day and week charters!