The Florida Keys are full of beaches. There are beaches all over from Marathon to Key West. So, Florida is never going to bore you. Because there’s a beach, there’s fun.
These are the lists of beaches discussed below:
- Curry Hammock State Park, Marathon
- Sombrero Beach, Marathon
- Coco Plum Beach
- Bahia Honda State Park
- Veterans Memorial
- Fort Zachary State Park and Beach
- Smathers Beach
- Higgs Beach
- Simonton Street Beach
- South Beach
Curry Hammock State Park, Marathon:
Among the beaches in the Florida Keys, Curry Hammock State Park is a notable one. It is one of the beaches in Marathon. The beach is 1200 feet long. The water on the beach is very deep as it has more of a slope than most Keys beaches. The beach offers kayaks, a great benefit for the paddlers to explore the offshore islands. The Kayak trail offers 1.5 hours of paddling across wild mangroves and over shallows with thousands of upside-down jellyfish. The beach also offers a mild breeze which is very supportive to the kiteboarders.
There are picnic pavilions, restrooms, a shower place, and a playground also. There’s also a hiking place on a 1.5-mile nature trail. The entry fee for the park is $4.50 per vehicle. If the vehicle carries more than two people, then the fee is 50 cents more per person. For pedestrians and bicyclists, the rent is $ 2.50. Kayak rentals are also available. Curry-hammock-state-park is located at Mile Marker 56. The address is 56200 Overseas Highway, Marathon.
Sombrero Beach, Marathon:
Sombrero is one of the top beaches in the Florida Keys. This beach with a white sand arc with lots of facilities like grassy lawns with beautiful palm trees, changing rooms, restrooms and shower space, picnic tables, grills, and playgrounds. This is a good place for snorkeling from the shore which, in several areas, is linked with rocks. This Marathon beach is a favorite place for the local people, as not many visitors know it’s there.
To find Sombrero Beach , turn south at Mile Marker 50 at the light (between Kmart and the Publix shopping centers) and follow Sombrero Beach Road Then a two mile drive will reach you to the beach.
Coco Plum Beach, Marathon:
Another beach near Mile Marker 54 is Coco Plum Beach . You get there while going to Key Colony Beach and Marathon. There’s a traffic light at Coco Plum Drive. If you drive along Coco Plum Drive around the curve to the end, you will find a public parking space in the sand.
This beach is a great place for everyone. You can surf kites, launch a Kayak or paddleboard and explore Deer Key. Like all other beaches in the Keys by the ocean, this beach also accumulates seaweed. Seaweeds can be good for the shoreline to let it accumulate and decompose. The beach is open to everyone.
Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key:
One of the most spectacular beaches in all of the Florida Keys is Bahia Honda’s Beach at the Florida State Park. This park has a minimal entry fee of $8 per vehicle, similar to most state parks in Florida but is absolutely worth it. Located at mile marker 36 & 37. There are multiple beach and swimming locations at this state park which is known for it’s iconic railroad bridge which was build in the early 1900’s.
This beach has so much to offer! You can rent kayaks and paddleboards as well as jump on a snorkeling adventure offered at the park that takes you to Loe Key (one of the best snorkeling locations in the Florida Keys. If you plan on visiting Bahia Honda, plan on staying for the sunset. The breathtaking sunsets at Bahia Honda are world renown.
Veterans Memorial Park, Little Torch:
It’s situated south of the Seven Mile Bridge. You can easily visit the beach while driving to Key West. The beach is a great picnic spot. There are five picnic tables under chicken huts with grills. Around the picnic area, there’s the beach where you can swim and relax or take a shower. It’s also perfect for kayaking. There’s also a parking area and boat ramp. Veterans Memorial Park is at Mile Marker 39.9.
Fort Zachary State Park and Beach, Key West:
This is considered the best beach in Key West, situated at the place where Gulf waters meet the Atlantic. The water is transparent within which the rocky bottom is seen. The rocky bottom makes the beach a good place to snorkel and enjoy the view of tropical fishes and live coral. The State Park offers a place to relax and the historic fort is also worth exploring.
The entry fee is $6 per vehicle (2-8 people) plus 50 cents for each extra person. The rate is $2 for Pedestrians, bicyclists, and passengers in vehicles who are the holder of the Annual Individual Entrance Pass. A vehicle or motorbike carrying a single passenger costs $4.50. Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and Beach is at 601 Howard England Way, Key West, Florida 33040 (305) 292-6713.
Smathers Beach, Key West:
Smathers beach is full of imported sand in Key West. This is the longest beach in Key West. It’s full of palm trees. It has restrooms, Volleyball ground, and picnic areas. The beach is shallow and the water is not transparent. The beach is popular for social programs like parties or marriage ceremonies.
Their address is Smathers Beach , South Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, FL 33040. To find the beach, move to left after entering Key West on South Roosevelt Boulevard. They have no entry fee.
Higgs Beach, Key West:
Higgs beach is located south of the White Street Fishing Pier which is worth visiting. And adjacent to the Waldorf Astoria’s Casa Marina Resort. There’s a large concrete path through which you can walk over the Atlantic surrounded by many shades of blue. This is known as the unfinished road to Havana.
There are other attractions on the beach like the remaining Civil War-era fort named the West Martello Tower. The fort is now home to a botanic garden owned by the Key West Garden Club. The downside of the beach contains concrete picnic tables and shelters.
Higgs Beach’s address is 1000 Atlantic Blvd, Key West, FL 33040.
Simonton Street Beach, Key West:
This one is a small pocket beach located at the west end of Simonton Street. It’s wedged between Pier House and Hyatt Key West, often visited by the locals and hotel visitors.
There’s a small parking area including a bar. The bar provides beers and varieties of seafood items like fish tacos, fish sandwiches, fish dip, hot dogs, burgers, etc. They also have breakfast facilities.
There is no entry fee to the beach. Their address is, Simonton Street Beach, 0 Simonton Street, Key West, FL 33040
South Beach, Key West:
Although the name of the beach is South beach, South Beach is located at Key West, Duval Street meets the Atlantic. This gets a lot of visitors because it’s located close to the Southernmost Point, which attracts selfie seekers from all around the world.
The beach is a very well-groomed 200-foot stretch beach. But the parking facility is not so good, so you should come on foot or by bike. There’s a café surrounded by the beach called Southernmost Beach Café, offering a pleasant treat with various foods.
Marathon and Key West are full of beaches, where you can go and spend time with your family or loved ones. Some of them are crowded and busy. Some are calm and peaceful. You decide to choose the right one according to your moods and needs.
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