Join us for an intimate exploration of the waters of Biscayne National Park!
Duration: 2 Days and One Night
Start Time: 9:30 a.m.
Available Days: Starts on limited Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
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- Private Tour maximum of 6 people
Camp at Adams Key, Paddle, Sail and Hike Island Trails
Sails and Trails is the best way for ambitious visitors with a do-it-all attitude to explore and camp off the beaten path in Biscayne National Park. Paddle to the Jones family homestead, explore Spite Highway and camp at Adams Key. On the first day of your excursion, you will head out with a Biscayne National Park Institute captain aboard a 40+ foot sailboat where you will start by sailing across Biscayne Bay to Elliott Key. Paddling from the sailboat to the Key, your captain will lead you down the Spite Highway, taking many stops along the way to observe the flora and fauna of the environment. Learn many fascinating details of what life was like for the early settlers on these islands from your Captain.
Afterwards, you will sail to Adams Key where you can help prepare an included dinner. Enjoy the tranquil and remote environment of Adams Key, help to set up supplied tents for a peaceful night with your campmates. The next day, you start off cooking breakfast before paddling out to the Jones Lagoon Family Homesite and then down to the canal dug by hand by the family . Explore all of what Jones Lagoon has to offer by paddling some of the 550 aces of the lagoon and then returning back north to the sailboat. Shallow, clear waters give visitors an excellent opportunity to view the various wildlife right underneath their paddlecraft. Your learning adventure concludes with a relaxing sail back across the bay to the Biscayne National Park Visitor Center.
• Paddle Board or Kayak and equipment
• Lunch and dinner the first day and breakfast and lunch the second day
• Seperate Tents, food and cooking gear, please bring your own bedding
On your first day, learn about the historical significance of Spite Highway on Elloitt Key. Then explore Adams Key in the evening where you will also spend the night. The following day, explore Porgy Key and Jones Lagoon by paddleboard or Kayak.
What to bring
To make your time with us more enjoyable, we recommend bringing insect repellent, reef-safe sunscreen, a hat, refillable water bottles, and snacks. Lightweight long pants and long sleeve shirts, gloves and socks are strongly recommended for mosquito protection on the Spite Highway. We will supply headnets.
Don’t forget to bring everything you need to make your overnight stay more comfortable such as a spare change of clothes, towels, sleeping bags, pillows, toiletries and medication.
A library of relevant books are on board including fish, birds, and invertebrate identification books. Our boats are rigged with shade, but there are also additional areas where you can relax in the sun. We have drinking water on board along with full marine bathrooms and a freshwater hose. There is a bathroom with Flush toilets on Adams Key
Kayaks and paddleboards are included. Life jackets are required and supplied paddling. Please do not bring Scuba diving or fishing equipment.
This Camp, Paddle, Sail and Island Trails program in Biscayne National Park is designed for ages 12 and up on shared trips or 8 and up on private trips. It requires active paddling and hiking on uneven ground with a strong possibility of Mosquitoes at times when hiking.
To best accommodate you and make your trip safe and enjoyable, please make a note in your reservation or privately notify our captain or mate if:
- You have any medical conditions
- You have any back problems
- You are pregnant
- You have any other concerns regarding your safety and health
Please note: If it is determined the trip may not be suitable for you based on the days conditions a full refund will be offered.
NOTE: Dinner 2 Lunches and Breakfast is included! We will send you a food preference sheet and will do our best to accommodate any dietary restrictions Please bring personal snacks and sleeping gear.
Location and Store Hours:
- This trip begins and ends at Biscayne National Park headquarters at Convoy Point and is located at 9700 SW 328th Street, Sir Lancelot Jones Way, Homestead, FL 33033.
- Upon arrival, please check-in at our store next to the Dante Fascell Visitor Center.
- The store is open from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- The Dante Fascell Visitor Center is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Biscayne National Park hours are 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Important Medical and Liability Release Information and Waivers:
Online waivers will be sent with the booking confirmation. No printing necessary. You can even complete the waivers on your phone! Adults over the age of 18 must complete and submit their own waiver. Minors ages 17 and younger must have a parent or legal guardian complete and submit a waiver on behalf of the minor. There are separate waivers for adults and minors, please be sure you are completing the appropriate waiver. To complete the waiver process, you will need to confirm your email address through and email that will be sent by Smartwaiver.
Paddling is an exciting and demanding activity. When performed correctly, applying correct techniques, it is relatively safe. However, there are certain medical conditions that increase risk. If you have a medical condition described on the Medical Statement or any other condition that would be contrary to safe participation in any in-water activities, you must provide documentation that you sought the advice of a physician prior to engaging in snorkeling activities.