The Mangrove Coast

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by reef2020 on October 23, 2000

Start from The Dante Fascell Visitor Center and head north along the mangrove coast. The water here is extremely shallow, so there are lots of opportunities to see all kinds of small marine life in the seagrass beds. Up in the mangrove trees, you'll find resting pelicans, herons and perhaps even the elusive mangrove cuckoo. The roots of the red mangrove provide shltered habitat for a myriad of little shrimp, crabs, fish and snails. The water is very brown near shore due to the tannic acid leaching out of the decaying leaves (think of it as South Florida's answer to the Boston Tea Party!). Nose up into some of the little channels in the mangroves and you may spot an alligator, or if you are really lucky, the critically endangered American crocodile. Manatees also hang out in Mowry Canal, just past the little man-made islands north of the Viistor Center. The canal is not at all scenic, but if you want to see sea cows, this is a great place for it. Ranger-guided canoe/kayak trips are offered during the winter months, but may be available at other times as well. Call 305-230-7275 for a schedule.
Biscayne National Park
9700 SW 328th Street
Homestead, Florida, 33030
(305) 230-1100

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