Monday, May 23, 2016

Aloha to Key Biscayne - No Name Harbor

After visiting Coral Gables, we traveled across the Rickenbacker Causeway to Key Biscayne. The causeway is named for Eddie Rickenbacker - a WWI fighter ace and Medal of Honor recipient. Key Biscayne is home of the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. From its website (link),

Ponce de Leon named this area 'Cape of Florida' when he led the first Spanish expedition to Florida in 1513. The Cape Florida lighthouse was completed in 1825 but was damaged during the Second Seminole War. The rebuilt tower, completed in 1846, remains the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. The island served as a secret meeting place and port for runaway slaves and Black Seminoles waiting to rendezvous with sea captains or board dugouts for a passage to safety in the British Bahamas. Although the lighthouse was built to save lives and ships, its unflinching light brought an end to this avenue of escape. In September 2004, Cape Florida was designated a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Site.

We enjoyed lunch at Boater's Grill overlooking No Name Harbor.

The blue water reminded me of Hawaii.

We spotted a family of iguanas who ran away when people walked to the grill but reappeared when the coast was clear. 

Next - the historic Cape Florida lighthouse.

Can you share an unusual name for a harbor?   Pearl Harbor is Wai Momi (Waters of Pearl) in Hawaiian. One randomly selected commenter from this week's posts wins a book choice from convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, May 29, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Sunday, May 30, at SOS Aloha.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

My office bag enjoys the Florida sunshine.


  1. I always liked the name Cape of Good Hope.

  2. since the only one that came to mind is Pearl Harbor, I googled Harbors & found a list on Wikipedia - the one that caught my eye is Killybegs in County Donegal Ireland (that's a natural harbor).

  3. I can only think of the ones I visited in Hong Kong which were Victoria Harbour and Aberdeen Harbour.

  4. Two that I've visited are Cocoa Beach and Bahia Mar - Florida.

  5. I really do not know of any except for the comments above.

  6. I have no idea I haven't done much travelling in my life as yet