Beach Activities

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

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



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


Marathon and the surrounding areas offer several beach locations for fun filled days. Sombrero Beach, Anne’s Beach, and several well maintained State Park Beaches will give you the unique water experiences of the Florida Keys. Many locations include marinas, watersport activities, hiking, snorkeling, diving and much more.


Sombrero Beach With soft sands that expand into shallow bottom Atlantic waters, Sombrero Beach offers plenty of room for picnics, pet adventures, and a playground set against the ocean waves. Fun for the full day along with picnic gazebos, BBQ grills, free parking, no admission fees and clean restrooms.Location: mile marker 50
Cost: Free admission
Times Offered: Mon. – Sat. 9 AM – 5 PM; Sun. 12 – 5 PM
Activity Level: Easy

Bahia Honda State Park Offering some of the best beaches in the Florida Keys, Bahia Honda sands stretch along both the Atlantic Ocean and Florida Bay. Dig your toes in the sand and take part in sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking and boating tours.Location: Bahia Honda Key between mile markers 36 and 37
Admission: one person – $3.50, two people – $6.00; $.50 for each additional person. Pedestrians and bicyclists – $1.50 per person
Times Offered: Open daily 8AM – sunset. Concession Building is open 8AM – 5PM
Activity Level: Easy Click here to download the brochure for Bahia Honda State Park.

Bahia Honda Marina Nineteen slips in a protected basin (3 � foot controlling depth). Boat slips are available for overnight rental and include water, electricity, full use of park facilities (bath house, showers, trash disposal and pump-out). VHF Channel 16.Cost: $2.00/ foot (minimum of $30.00) Request Reservation or more information

Bahia Honda Snorkeling Tours Cost: Adults – $28.95; Children under 18 – $23.95
Rental Cost: Mask – $2.00, Fins – $2.00, Souvenir Snorkel – $2.00
Times Offered: 9:30 AM, 1:30 PM (tour times are subject to seasonal change)
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes in-water time
Activity Deposit Requirement: Required on all rentals. Reservations for all tours must be confirmed in person no later than one hour prior to tour tome. Request Reservation or more information

Bahia Honda Kayaks Cost: Single – $10.00/hour, $30.00 – half day; Double – $18.00/hour, $54.00 – half day
Activity Deposit Requirement: Required on all rentals. Request Reservation or more information

Bahia Honda Dive Shop Rentals Cost:
Mask – $3.00
Snorkel – $3.00
Fins – $4.00
Dive Flags – $5.00
Wet Suites – $6.00
Beach Chairs/Umbrellas – $5.00 Request Reservation or more information

Pigeon Key Historic Site History comes alive on this 5-acre island. Tour the place that Henry Flagler called home during the building of his historical railroad. Located midway along the famous Seven Mile Bridge, Pigeon Key originally served as the base camp to more than 400 workers during the bridge’s construction during the early 1900s. Climb aboard Pigeon Key’s resident trolley “Henry” and venture out to the original 2.2 mile segment of the old Seven Mile Bridge and onto the island where the day can be spent snorkeling the coastline, exploring historic buildings or browsing through the museum.

Location: mile marker 48, 2 miles west of Marathon
Cost: Adults – $11.00, Children 5-13 – $8.50, Monroe County Residents – $8.50, Children 4 & under – Free
Times Offered: Daily tours: 10 AM, 11:30 AM, 1 PM, 2:30 PM. (The last train departs the island at 4:00PM).
Duration: 1 hour
Activity Level: Easy Request Reservation or more information

Long Key State Park Encompassing nearly 1,000 acres of uplands and submerged lands, Long Key State Park boasts the best of the Florida Keys’ subtropical climate with a variety of flora and fauna and plenty of wildlife who call it home. Three trails – two on land and one in the water – carve through the park and afford a big payoff in ways of mesmerizing ocean views. Birders also find welcome sights in the form of roseate spoonbills and snowy egrets as these migratory birds call rest in the park during winter and spring. Flats fishing for bonefish, permit and tarpon also lures in anglers from around the globe.

Location: mile marker 67.5 on Long Key
Times Offered: Daily, 8AM – sunset
Admission: one person – $3.50, two people – $6.00; $.50 for each additional person. Pedestrians and bicyclists – $1.50 per person. Click here to download the brochure for Long Key State Park.

Curry Hammock State Park Surrounded by shallow, protected waters, Curry Hammock State Park is home to large areas of mangrove swamp, rockland hammock and seagrass beds that are essential to the Florida Keys ecosystem. With these shallow tides abundant, the park offers some of the most scenic trails for kayaking and canoeing, including a mangrove creek and miles of pristine coastline on both the Florida Bay and Atlantic Ocean. (It is encouraged to bring your own equipment, however inquiries can be made at the ranger station about kayak rentals.) For those who seek their adventures on land, the park grants a moderately difficult1.5-mile trail through the hammock.

Location: mile marker 56.2
Times Offered: Daily, 8AM – sunset
Admission: one person – $3.50, two people – $6.00; $.50 for each additional person. Pedestrians and bicyclists – $1.50 per person. Click here to download the brochure for Curry Hammock State Park.


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