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Biscayne Bay

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Biscayne Bay (Spanish: Bahía Vizcaína) is a lagoon with characteristics of an estuary located on the Atlantic coast of South Florida. The northern end of the lagoon is surrounded by the densely developed heart of the Miami metropolitan area while the southern end is largely undeveloped with a large portion of the lagoon included in Biscayne National Park.

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Biscayne Bay
Northern Biscayne Bay with the Downtown Miami skyline in the background, November 2014
Biscayne Bay
Location in Florida
Coordinates25°33′57″N 80°12′59″W
Ocean/sea sourcesAtlantic Ocean
Basin countriesUnited States
Max. length60 miles (97 km)
Max. width8 miles (13 km)
Surface area271 square miles (700 km2)
Miami Beach, Florida
ReferencesLength & width:[1]

The part of the lagoon that is traditionally called "Biscayne Bay" is approximately 35 miles (56 km) long and up to 8 miles (13 km) wide, with a surface area of 221 square miles (570 km2). Various definitions may include Dumfoundling Bay, Card Sound, and Barnes Sound in a larger "Biscayne Bay", which is 60 miles (97 km) long with a surface area of about 271 square miles (700 km2).