Biscayne Bay


Biscayne Bay is the closest inshore fishing area to Miami. Measuring 35 miles long and 8 miles wide, the bay gives anglers a productive fishing throughout the whole year.

The following fishes can be found in the beautiful waters of Biscayne Bay.

  • bonefish, the most famous fish in Biscayne Bay
  • permit
  • tarpon
  • shark
  • snook
  • barracuda


  • bonefish, the most famous fish in Biscayne Bay – January and February
  • permit – all year round; can be done in February if not cold; available in April up to early winter
  • tarpon – whole year round
  • shark – whole year round
  • snook – whole year round
  • barracuda – January to March, December


The following are the most appropriate outfit when going for a fish:

  • hat
  • sunglasses
  • light long sleeves, cool light-colored cotton outfits
  • jacket or other rain gear
  • boat shoes
  • sun screen with high SPF

The following should also be in your A-list:

  • camera
  • cooler
  • water or your preferred beverages
  • food
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Many names are attributed to the bay. Juan Ponce de Leon, in 1513, named the bay as Chequescha. In 1565, the bay was called Tequesta by Pedro Menendez de Aviles. During the British occupation in Florida, the British named the bay as  Cape River, Dartmouth Sound, and Sandwich gulph.

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The town nearest to Biscayne Bay is Miami (mainland), which is approximately seven miles from Key Biscayne. Tourists can cross the causeway(highway) from Miami City to Key Biscayne.

The 35-mile long Biscayne Bay is separated into three partitions. The North Bay separates Miami Beach from mainland Miami. The largest part, the Central Bay, is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by a series of flats called the Safety Valve. This Central Bay ranges from the southern part of Key Bisbayne to the Ragged Keys. The South Bay is disconnected by the northern part of the Keys from the Atlantic Ocean, and interlinks to the Florida Bay through channels.

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The average low temperature in Biscayne Bay is 62°F, which is felt usually during January and February. Average high temperature is 87°F, usually during August. Average low precipitation is 1.6 in, usually during December. Average high precipitation is 7.1 in during the month of June.

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Non-Fishing Attire

During summer months, it is advisable to wear light-colored and cool clothing, especially those made from cotton. Women can wear skirts and cool sundresses. Flip flops are definitely something to bring. If you plan to stay outdoors for longer hours, bring along a hat, a pair of shades for eye protection, and apply a generous amount of sunblock with a high SPF, applying every 2 to 3 hours.

When on business meetings, wear appropriate clothing made of light-colored and cool materials. For night outs, it is advisable to wear appropriate outfits.

During the rainy seasons, be sure to have a jacket or sweatshirt. Same goes for non-rainy days but with cooler nights.

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Listed below are some Biscayne Bay attractions where tourists may want to spend their time.