Beaches in Florida Keys

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    Our beach sand is special. Beaches in the Keys are manmade, but the waves of sand are soft and squishy between your toes. Some grains look like bits of oatmeal, fashioned by special algae which thrive in Marathon's warm waters, these specks contribute much of the sea bottom and beaches surrounding the Keys.

    Broad acres of sargassum seaweed flourish in the wake of the Gulf Stream, mixed in with tiny clumps of the golden-brown algae that washes ashore,atop the sand. Take a handful and shake it out. You'll find small shrimp, fish and tiny crabs that make a home in this habitat. This small sea life is at the foundation of marine organisms.

    Beaches vary from spits of sand paralleling the mangrove trees along the Overseas Highway to wide open state parks and recreation areas. Top on the list is Sombrero Beach, located in Marathon, and is one of the Keys' finest beaches and home to the world's only beach launch for the famous Dragon Boat Races.

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    Sombrero Beach

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    End of Sombrero Beach Road
    Mile Marker 50

    Palm-lined, remote beach, with clear waters, near Seven-Mile Bridge... read more

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    Bahia Honda State Park

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    Mile Marker 37.5
    Big Pine Key

    America's Top Ten Beaches... read more

    Anne's Beach

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    Mile Marker 73.5
    Lower Matecumbe

    Beach and free municipal park in Islamorada along US1... read more

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    Dry Tortugas National Park

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    Garden Key

    Offshore National Park and preserve in the Gulf of Mexico... read more

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    John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

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    Mile Marker 102.5
    Overseas Highway

    America's first undersea park... read more

    Sandspur Beach

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    36850 Overseas Hwy.

    Rare white-sand beach; snorkeling, hiking, windsurfing and kayaking... read more

    Curry Hammock State Park

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    56200 Overseas Highway

    Marathon's oceanfront park; picnic, kayak, kiteboard... read more

    Smathers Beach

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    West end of S Roosevelt Boulevard

    Key West's longest beach... read more

    Fort Zachary Taylor State Historic Site and Park

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    End of Southard Street on Truman Annex

    Confederate fort entertainment... read more

    South Beach

    South end of Duval St

    Tiny but convenient beach... read more
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