Miami is known the world over for South Beach, the Art Deco movement, world class shopping, and its beautiful beaches. But just off of the shores lies Biscayne Bay, one of the world’s most amazing waterways.  The soothing waters of Biscayne Bay offer endless opportunities for relaxation and for fun, unfortunately very few visitors know about the treasures contained in these waters. This blog post aims to change that.

Biscayne Bay “The origins of its name”
I’ve found many stories about how Biscayne Bay got its name. Some reference Ponce de Leon and infer that it is a variation of the Bay of Biscay, in the Atlantic Ocean.  Discover the Bay states that others maintain that the bay got its name because of a 1500s wreck in the bay of a ship owned by a man called El Biscaino. Another theory holds that the bay was so named after Don Pedro el Biscaino, who lived on one of the islands in the bay and had been the Keeper of the Swans at the Spanish court. Still others believe that the bay was named for Viscaino, who is said to have been a wealthy merchant in Manila.

Whatever the origins of its name, Biscayne Bay is a beautiful body of water that attracts explorers, adventurers, residents, and tourists. This majestic bay offers some of Miami’s most amazing opportunities for recreation and peace of spirit for those who visit and live near it. Biscayne Bay is the largest estuary on the coast of southeast Florida and south of Miami the Florida Everglades connect with this Florida Bay. It encompasses 428 square miles and it is home to Biscayne National Park, the largest marine park in the national park system, Oleta River State Park, Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve, Barnacle State Historic Site, and many quaint bay islands that are ready to be explored. Even if you and your family are staying at one of our top beachfront hotels, a private cruise of this majestic bay can be a life changing experience.

during your cruise you will experience the Port of Miami, one of the largest passenger and commercial ports of call in the world and the many distinct ships that navigate the waters of the bay. The bay is fed by the Miami River one of the largest tributaries to the bay.  Not that long ago the area along the Miami River was neglected and in disrepair. But today it is experiencing a renaissance and is home to some of Miami’s hottest and most historic and scenic neighborhoods.

Biscayne Bay is many things, but for Venture it is a source of peace  tranquility and recreation. Its waters and shores are favored for paddle boarding, boating, snorkeling, swimming, house viewing, and sunbathing. In Addition, the bay provides a rich ecologically environment that supports all sorts of diverse marine life. It is not uncommon for our  guests to see Bottle Nose Dolphins, manatees and various species of water Fowel.

Discoverthebay.org reminds us that Biscayne Bay is part of a large south Florida ecosystem and relies upon water that flows directly from the Everglades, through the Biscayne Bay watershed, and into the bay. The recent passage by the United States Congress of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan, and the planning and implementation of other regional land and water management efforts, have focused attention and resources on problems facing the Everglades and the south Florida ecosystem. It is critically important that as these processes go forward, planning and decisions be made within the context of the broad south Florida ecosystem, including Biscayne Bay. Countries around the world have persevered to ensure that water management efforts are enforced to save bays as it is vital for the community to live.

As we begin the new millennium, we have many opportunities to find new and better ways to enhance the bay’s health and its strength as an environmental and economic resource. The challenge is to achieve the delicate balance between maintaining, protecting, and restoring the natural systems that keep the bay ecologically healthy and productive, and dealing with the needs of growing numbers of people who want to use and enjoy it.

Miami is a special place that provide its visitors with a welcoming home away from home that’s close to both Florida’s coastal wetland ecosystem and the excitement of big city living. With warm temperatures year-round and unlimited marine activities, a cruise of  Biscayne Bay will allow you to experience a myriad of fun activities. The bay is home to a number of island that can only be reached by boat and offers its visitors a deep connection with nature that is difficult to find near such a large urban center. In addition, it also offers the opportunity for year around traditional water sports like snorkeling, paddle boarding, low stress family fishing and amazing sightseeing. Every visitor to Miami should make cruising the bay and enjoying all that it has to offer a part of their amazing South Florida vacation!