Virginia Key

Virginia Key Located on Key Biscayne off the Rickenbacker Causeway lies an 82-acre barrier island called Virginia Key. The property belongs to the City of Miami and is maintained by City of Miami Parks and Recreation Department, the responsibility is shared in part with the Virginia Key Beach Trust who manage the historic portion of the beach front and oversee the preservation and future development of Virginia Key Beach. For the safety of our visitors and your pets, we ask that you refrain from bringing animals including dogs to Virginia Key, as we have a lot of wildlife in this protected habitat. Service animals are allowed.

Virginia Key Beach Ocean Rescue Information:

Guard on Duty: The City of Miami Parks and Recreation Ocean Rescue Section boasts 3 elevated and mostly enclosed lifeguard towers, spaced approximately 150 yards apart.

City of Miami'spublic beach is professionally guarded 365 days year

Parking & Admission Fees to Virginia Key Beach: (No Re-Entry)

Parking Fees as of February 27, 2017 will be collected through the Pay by Phone and Pay By Plate program. You can download the Pay by Phone app at or through the app store on your smartphone.


*Instructions for purchasing the annual pass will be updated shortly

No overnight parking is permitted in the park

When visiting the Virginia Key North Point Park check out the Virginia Key Outdoor Center

You can find outdoor adventure resources for biking, paddling and exploring the beautiful coastal environment through their website.

In addition to the beaches and environmental restoration projects, the Virginia Key Beach Park area also offers a 4.1 mile bike trail. Built through a collaborative effort with volunteers and City resources, the bike trail offers novice thru advances riders an opportunity to bike amongst native vegetation and along the coastal shores.

Additionally the Parks and Recreation Department is currently involved in the restoration and preservation of the 15 acre Hammock area located on Virginia Key. This has involved the removal of invasive exotic vegetation and restoring native plants to the area. During this process many important botanical species have been discovered including some that are classified as threatened or endangered such as Zanthoxylum coriaceum (Biscayne Prickly Ash), Coccothrinax argentata (Florida Silver Palm) and Scaevola plumieri (Beachberry).

For historical background on Virginia Key and to find out what the future holds for the area please visit the Virginia Key Beach Park Trust at: