Biscayne National Park
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Biscayne National Park is the largest marine park in the National Park System, with 95% of its 173,000 acres covered by water. The submerged lands of Biscayne are rich with archeological remains that document the cultural history of southern Florida and the Florida Keys. Archeological sites include the wrecks of many ships from foreign countries that comprise an international maritime heritage. The earliest identified shipwreck site is from the mid 18th century though some are suspected to date much earlier.
Not far from the sparkle and glitter of Miami is a jewel of a different sort, one inlaid with turquoise water, and studded with miles of coral reef and scattered shipwrecks. Biscayne National Park, 180,000 acres if subtropical wetlands, is a unique blend of sea, coral reef, barrier island, and estuarine environments. As you descend below the water’s surface, the blues and green of the surface and sky still dominate, but in darker shades. Here you are greeted by more than 200 species of tropical fish, many so brightly colored they rival the night skyline of Miami.