Stiltsville (The Sandbar)

Continent
North America
Country
Florida (USA)
Next Big City
Miami
Next Town
Miami, Key Biscayne
 
Type:
Ocean
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
None

Water

Type:
Shallow, Flat, Chop
Hazards:
Ships, Jetskis, Stakes
Quality:
Clean
Best Tide:
Tide independent

Huge sandbars all over for 3 miles down and 1 miles wide for the biggest flat and clear water. Choppier in the channels with deeper water, but stay out of the way of boats passing by. Stay in the flats. Be careful with the houses in the water and the anchoring boats, mainly on weekends. Beautiful scenic and historic site of the 7 remaining houses built on the water in the 30's during the prohibition.

Beach

Type:
No information
Size:
None
Hazards:
None
Beach Users:
None

No beach. You have to launch from the water, but the water is shallow, so no problem. Sandy bottom and sea grass beds, some shells. Easy to launch from everywhere.

Wind

Best Months:
January, February, March, April, May, November, December
Wind Type:
Thermal, Frontal
Best Direction:
NE, SE
Main Direction:
NE, SE

Best winds from November to May. Cold fronts passing by, bringing colder northerlies with nice winds. After that winds from South. About 3-4 days per week with ridable winds. Summer is lighter. Since you are in the bay before Miami with any shore far away, any direction works.



How to get there

Transport
Boat
Access
No walk

Isolated sandbars 2 miles offshore. Only accessible by boat. Located in the Miami bay, south of Key Biscayne. There are some old wooden houses just in the middle of nowhere (Stiltsville). A bit to the south there is the sandbar, where on nice days many boats will be anchoring.

Extra information

Rules
Other

Keep an eye on your boat, tide moves about 2-3 feet. Watch out for fast boats passing by in the channels and the wooden houses. Also the boats sitting on the sandbar and people getting drunk. Keep an eye on them and don't come too close. Stiltsville is within a Federal Park. Sandbars under the authorities of Biscayne National park, and the coast guard. Park authorities have tried some unusual attempts to regulate kiteboarding on an individual basis at times in the past, e.g. mandatory pfd use, etc.. Try to keep a low profile and not give the authorities cause to notice us and cook up problems. Entering and tampering with the houses is forbidden: state property. Don't damage the sandbars and wild life with your boat propeller, anchor safely on the very edge of the sandbars. Be a smart boat user. Respect other users. Do not litter, the fine for it in the park is up to 5000 USD.

Nightlife

Great nightlife in Miami Beach.