Boca Chita Campground

Biscayne National Park

Boca Chita Key is only accessible by boat. No services are available on the island.

Boca Chita Key is the park's most popular island. It features beautiful waterfront views, a grassy camping area, picnic tables and grills. Toilets are available, but there are no showers, sinks or drinking water. The harbor entrance at low tide is approximately four feet.

This location is available on a first-come, first-served basis only. Visitors are required to physically arrive at the campground to purchase and claim a site. Once on-site, you can pay for your campsite(s) by scanning a QR code using the Recreation.gov mobile app. Download the free Recreation.gov mobile app on Android or iOS prior to your arrival as some remote areas have limited or no cellular service.

Need to Know

Natural Features

The iconic and historic lighthouse, built by Mark Honeywell in the 1930s, guides boats to the beauty and wonders of the park. Boca Chita is the most visited island in the park.

The observation deck of the 65 foot tall lighthouse provides a fantastic view of islands, bay, ocean and Miami skyline. If park employees are around they may be able to open the observation deck for viewing.

A half mile hiking trail starts just east of the restrooms. The trail continues to the south end of the island and emerges near the pavilion.

Nearby Attractions

Boca Chita Key is located just north of Elliott Key.

Recreation

Boca Chita Key features daytime use and overnight camping. Grills and picnic tables are in designated camping areas.
A half mile hiking trail starts just east of the restrooms. The trail continues to the south end of the island and emerges near the pavilion.

Changes & Cancellations

Ensure one of the designated 21 campsites is available prior to paying. Once payment is made on-site, we do not offer refunds or modifications.

Contact Information

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: (305) 230-1144

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

Boca Chita Key is only accessible by boat. Use of a nautical chart and/or GPS is recommended for safe navigation.

Available Campsites

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