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Beach Activities Visit the Adventure Concierge to learn more

The Florida Keys feature intimate white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, with sunbathing as just one option to enjoy. A fun-filled variety of activities are available including snorkeling, parasailing, ocean kayaking and jet skiing. With small sandy beaches and bays dotting 120 miles along the Overseas Highway, your location choices are limitless.

For Beach Adventures, please select an island location:

Key Largo

Islamorada

Marathon

Key West

 

Key Largo

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Established in 1963, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was the first undersea park created in the United States. The park, combined with the adjacent Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, encompasses 178 nautical square miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove swamps. These areas were established to protect and preserve the only living coral reef in the continental United States.

Location: MM 102.5 Oceanside
Park hours: 8am – 5pm, 7 days a week
Entrance fee: $3.50, $6.00 for 2 people, $0.50 for each additional person
Activity Level: Easy

 

Islamorada

Founders Park Beach

The 40-acre Islamorada Founders Park on Plantation Key is a Jewel by the Ocean. The park offers activity or relaxation for the whole family, including the family dog. An olypmic sized pool with diving area, a shallow water beach, water sports rentals, ball fields, fishing jetty, bocce, tennis and basketball courts, vita course with 18 exercise stations, multi purpose path, skate park and dog park.

Location: mile marker 87
Cost: Fees may apply
Times Offered: Sunrise to sunset
Activity Level: Easy

Anne’s Beach

Anne’s Beach features a shallow swimming area, covered picnic tables, boardwalk and bathroom facilities. Walk the boardwalk between the parking lots, and find 5 covered pavilions and secluded stretches of beach

Location : MM 73
Cost: Free Admission
Time: Sunrise to Sunset
Activity Level: Easy

Indian Key Historic State Park
In 1836, Indian Key became the first county seat for Dade County. At that time, this tiny island was the site of a lucrative business-salvaging cargo from shipwrecks in the Florida Keys. Accessible only by canoe or kayak, visitors come here to swim, sunbathe, and hike. Fishing is also a popular activity. Boat and kayak rentals are available from Robbie’s Marina at (305) 664-9814.

Due to damage caused by past storms, the dock at Indian Key has sustained considerable structural damage. Currently, public access to the island is available only by canoe or kayak.

Location: MM 78.5
Admission: one person – $3.50, two people – $6.00; $.50 for each additional person.
Times Offered: Open daily 8AM – sunset.
Activity Level: Easy

Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park
Formed of Key Largo limestone, fossilized coral, this land was sold to the Florida East Coast Railroad, which used the stone to build Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railroad in the early 1900s. After the railroad was built, the quarry was used until the 1960s to produce exquisite pieces of decorative stone called Keystone. Today, visitors can walk along eight-foot-high quarry walls to see cross sections of the ancient coral and learn about the quarry and its operation- an important part of Florida’s 20th century history. Samples of the quarry machinery have been preserved at the park. Visitors can enjoy the natural attributes of this island while strolling five short, self-guided trails. Picnic tables are available. The Visitor Center, open Friday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., features educational exhibits about the history of this site. Located at Mile Marker 85.5 on Windley Key near Islamorada.

Location:  MM 78.5

Admission:  one person – $3.50, 2 people $6.00, $.50 each additional person

Times offered:  open daily 8am to sunset

Activity level:  easy

Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park

The virgin tropical hardwood hammock that thrives on this island was once common on most of Florida’s Upper Keys; most of these forests have been lost to development on other islands. In 1919, William J. Matheson, a wealthy Miami chemist, bought this tiny island and built a caretaker’s home with a windmill for electricity and a cistern for rainwater. Today, his hideaway is the visitor center for this island forest. Ranger-guided tours are given twice daily, Thursday through Monday. The park is accessible only by private boat or tour boat. Tour boat services, as well as boat and kayak rentals, are available from Robbie’s Marina.

Location: MM:  78.5
Cost: please call park for info
Times Offered: 9am – 5pm  

Activity level:  easy

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