Holiday & Beaches
Top 5 Beaches in the Florida Keys
If you ask anyone familiar with the Florida Keys, they’ll tell you the Keys just aren’t known for their beaches. While it is true that you’re more likely to find coral than sand here, as beautiful as the water is, we knew there had to be a good beach or two there somewhere. Well, we took on the challenge of finding a good beach to dig our toes in the sand and, man, it was worth it!
Here are the Top 5 Beaches we loved hanging at in the Florida Keys:
1. Sombrero Beach, Marathon
Right in the heart of the Florida Keys is the city of Marathon. Full of shopping, restaurants, and one heck of a beach! Sombrero beach was our favorite because no matter where you are staying in the Keys, this beach is just a short (and beautiful) drive away. It also has soft sand and offers great swimming!
2. Fort Zachary Taylor Beach, Key West
Key West is definitely known for it’s night life, but it should get some recognition for Zachary Taylor beach. This is a great place to spend the day before hitting Key West for dinner and drinks at night. You can park your lawn chair in the sand, enjoy the warm sun and watch the boats sail past the beach. This is a great spot to catch a sunset with huge sailboats in the foreground. It makes for a fantastic photo op!
3. Smathers Beach, Key West
Another great beach in Key West is Smathers Beach. This beach is on the Atlantic side of the island and offers amenities such as chair and umbrella rentals. There is plenty of beach real estate here, so you’ll have plenty of room to relax and enjoy the sun.
4. Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key
Bahia Honda is about 37 miles or so north of Key West. It’s a beautiful state park that offers camping, a bit of hiking, and some great beaches surrounding the little island. Calusa Beach overlooks the Bahia Honda Bridge as well as the old railroad bridge. The beach has some covered picnic areas and offers great swimming. Sandspur Beach is a mile-long stretch starting on the north end of the island. This beach is on the Atlantic side and is one of the prettiest scenes in all of the Keys.
5. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo
Ok, I have to admit, there is very little sand at Pennekamp State Park, but it has some of the best snorkeling in all of the Keys. There are 2 beaches in the state park – Cannon Beach and Far Beach. Both have rough sand that you really can’t enjoy digging your feet into, but the views are spectacular and the snorkeling is fantastic!
We’ll definitely head back to these beaches the next time we’re in the Keys, but we’ll also be on the lookout for others!
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