The Florida Keys are known for a lot of things such as luxury holiday homes, world-class fishing, and reef or wreck diving. However, there is great variety in the fabulous beaches throughout the Upper & Middle Keys all within a short ride from our premier-choice vacation rentals. Many of our local beaches still possess their natural features with exposed limestone and mangroves giving way to small clearings on the coast. Although these quaint locales have an allure all their own, others boast family-friendly activities and expansive, sandy shores. Whatever you’re looking for, there are many beaches with an array of features to choose from to best suit your ideal trip to the beach. At the end of your day, pack up and return to your private vacation home nestled away in a Key Largo, Islamorada, or Marathon resort community or secluded, island life neighborhood.
Upper Keys: Key Largo, Tavernier, and Islamorada
Rowell’s Waterfront Park in Key Largo is an 8-acre, waterfront park bordering the Florida Bay. Spend your day fishing, swimming, and sunbathing at the beach with an afternoon picnic to top it off. The park is dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friend.
Harry Harris State Park is in Tavernier on the oceanside of the island chain and features a unique, man-made lagoon on the beach. Fish from the walkway surrounding the lagoon, then take a dip in the protected swimming enclosure. Showers, picnic tables, campground grills, and a playground help to make this beach a popular spot for families.
Founder’s Park in Islamorada is among the top-rated picks in the Upper Keys. For a small fee, you’ll have access to their Bayside beach, dog park, volleyball and basketball courts, and sports fields. In addition to their great many activities, their beach is in the perfect spot for an exceptional view of sunset.
Anne’s Beach spans both sides of Overseas Hwy and is easy to pass if you’re not paying attention. Slow down just enough and you’ll notice sandy beachside with clear, shallow waters on your way south through Islamorada. This natural beach environment is great for wading through the waters, fishing, collecting shells, and sunbathing. Although the beach was closed for an extended period after Irma, it has since been renovated and reopened to visitors.
Middle Keys: Duck Key and Marathon
Curry Hammock State Park encompasses a massive 1,000 acres of the surrounding island and waters. Their facility helps to preserve the natural environment, and so it’s a great place to spot birds and other wildlife. Visitors have access to watersports equipment rentals such as kayaks and kiteboards, among other activities like hiking, biking, and camping. Best of all, their swimming beach spans 1,200 ft. of sandy shoreline with clear waters.
Sombrero Beach is a site of seasonal sea turtle nesting during which time a portion of the beach is unavailable. Otherwise, beachgoers are welcome to play, swim, and sunbathe at this oceanside beach. This well-kept coastline also features volleyball courts and picnic pavilions to make the most of your day at the beach.
Bahia Honda State Park is often rated among the top beaches in the entirety of Florida. Between the natural, plush sands and scenic view of the historic bridge, it’s easy to see why this beach is so attractive. Just a short drive south from our Marathon vacation homes, taking the time to visit Bahia Honda is an absolute must during your trip to the Florida Keys. You won’t regret it!