Offering some of the best opportunities for fishing, diving, and other aquatic activities, the Florida Keys are a top destination for outdoor adventurers. But sometimes you just want to relax—and that’s when our beaches come in. Whether you’re looking for a stretch of soft sand or a place to bring your pup, there are a variety of unique spots to choose from.
Here are some of our favorite beaches in the Upper Keys:
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park – 27 miles
This 25-mile state park offers three designated swimming areas along the Largo Sound. These relatively small beaches feature calm waters that are perfect for children and practicing your snorkeling skills. Picnic tables and barbecue grills throughout the park make it easy to enjoy lunch during your visit.
Note: There may be limited park activities due to Hurricane Irma-related repairs. Call the park for daily updates.
Coco Plum Beach – 28 miles
Located in Marathon, this dog-friendly beach is a great option for long walks with your four-legged friends. It offers plenty of soft sand (note: many local beaches tend to be more rocky) which makes it ideal for sunbathers. Depending on when you visit, you can also observe the nesting sea turtles—just remember to give them plenty of space.
Sombrero Beach – 34 miles
This Florida Keys favorite is also located in Marathon and offers a picnic area, a children’s playground, a volleyball court, and more. Popular among locals and visitors alike, this beach is great for sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling. Animal lovers will want to check out the nearby Turtle Hospital, a local non-profit organization.
Note: The west end of the beach is currently open; the rest of the beach is expected to open by December 1, 2018. The park area will remain closed to repair hurricane damage.
Bahia Honda State Park – 45 miles
Those willing travel a bit further will appreciate the many activities at this 500+ acre state park. In addition to kayaking, cycling, and fishing, visitors at Bahia Honda can also enjoy swimming in both the Atlantic Ocean and Florida Bay. Meanwhile, the on-site concession stand serves sandwiches, ice cream, and more.
Note: As the park continues to recover from the hurricane, some amenities may not be available.
Right here in Islamorada, Anne’s Beach remains closed for repairs. However, there are plenty of local parks to enjoy, including Plantation Tropical Preserve, Key Tree Cactus Preserve, and Green Turtle Hammock Nature Preserve.
Stay in the luxury Islamorada accommodations at Cheeca Lodge & Spa and enjoy access to some of the best Florida Keys beaches.