The Florida Keys are known for a lot of things, but great beaches may not be one of them. Sombrero beach in Marathon begs to differ. This Florida beach offers golden sand and a great swimming area for beach lovers to enjoy.
Sombrero Beach is located in the town of Marathon, which is in the middle Keys. If you’ve ever been to the Florida Keys, you know they speak in mile markers, so Sombrero Beach is located near Mile Marker 50. It’s about a mile off US 1 and is a great place to spend a day with your family.
The only reason it came in at #2 on our list of the Top 10 Beaches in The Florida Keys is because #1 just isn’t fair.
The beach has several covered picnic areas to enjoy lunch while getting out of the sun. There is also a bathhouse and outdoor showers to rinse off the sand.
There’s also a playground near the covered picnic shelters that our kids loved playing on. A word of advice though, don’t go down the big slide with a wet bathing suit. You shoot down at the speed of light and fly right off the end!
The road to the beach off of US 1, Sombrero Beach Road, goes right past a Publix as well as Kmart so you can stock up on any refreshments or beach toys you may need before getting there.
Sombrero Beach is also a great place to snorkel. There is a roped off swimming area that goes out about 50 yards and after about the first 10 yards into the water, the sea grass starts and you can see some amazing fish swimming around.
Another fun thing to do is kayaking or stand-up paddle boarding. The water is usually pretty calm at Sombrero Beach, which is great for kayaking and SUP’ing.
If you don’t have your own, you can rent a kayak or SUP at Keys Kayak LLC. They have a bunch of options for kayaks and rates are very reasonable. They even deliver to the Marathon area!
From April to October Sombrero Beach is a common spot for Loggerhead turtle nesting. You’ll see the nesting areas marked off with yellow tape, so be careful near that.
If you’re lucky enough to see the turtles hatch and head to sea, it’s really an amazing experience. This is usually coordinate with the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, which is just a few miles from Sombrero Beach. If you like marine life, you’ll really like the Turtle Hospital.
Another great stop on your way to the beach is at Juice Paradise Cuban Café and Restaurant. Grab a couple of Cuban Coffees to enjoy while you’re sitting at the beach. You’ll thank me later. Cuban coffee is made from espresso and a special sugar mixture that makes it sweet with just the right amount of foam. A fantastic addition to a day at the beach in a lawn chair under an umbrella!
When in the Florida Keys and you get that beach feeling, be sure to check out Sombrero Beach in Marathon! Read more about what to do in Florida here!
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