The Florida Keys offer a variety of cultural and historical things to do, as well as access to a wide array of nature and nature-related activities. It was Earnest Hemmingway that helped make the keys trendy, for those in the know.
However, when vacationers come to the Florida Keys to vacation, it is most certainly the weather, beaches, and crystal clear water that attracts them.
And marathon Key is home to the #1 ranked beach in the Florida keys,
Sombrero Beach – Marathon Key – Rated #1 in the keys by some
Its popularity stems, in part, from all the amenities you can find there. This includes:
- BBQ stations
- The pier,
- Public showers
- A bicycle path
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Outdoor picnic area (overlooking the ocean and set among lush coconut palm trees)
Bahia Honda State Park Beach – Big Pine Key Some say best in the whole of the USA
There are several beaches here, including Calusa, Loggerhead, and Sandspur. They offer white sands, as opposed to many beaches in the Keys that have pebble beaches.
Things to do: The park allows overnight camping, has a boat ramp, fishing, canoeing & kayaking, bike paths, and more.
$8.00* per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.
Hours: park 8 AM – Sunset; The concession Building is open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Coco Plum Beach — A natural beach on the Atlantic
There is a natural beach area, with an adjacent wetland area. It is also a turtle nesting beach also. There are restroom facilities and a covered pavilion available.
Hours: 7:30 a.m. until dusk
Directions: turn South on Coco Plum Drive and the beach entrance is 1.4 miles on the right-hand side of the road.