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While the rest of Florida has some of the best sandy beaches in the world, the Fabulous Florida Keys are not known for their long expanses of sand beach. This is not to say there are no sand beaches in the Florida Keys, just that most are on the small side and often man-made. That being said, We do have one Famous Keys Beach and some other very nice Florida Keys beaches. I will start of with the best and continue with several others throughout the Keys in no particular order.


Bahia Honda State Recreational Area
With both sandy beaches and deep waters near shore you will enjoy exceptional swimming and snorkeling here. There are two excellent Keys beaches in this park: Sandspur Beach on the oceanside (Sand Spur Beach was the 1992 National Winner, see below) and Caloosa Beach near the Bahia Honda Bridge. You will know you are in the Caribbean with the crystal clear, turquoise water, and white coral sand beach lined with coconut palms. The water is warm year-round, making it a beach for all seasons. Sandspur beach (click on photo for a closer view) has a very gentle drop off and the absence of waves makes it perfect for bathing by young children, and for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking for everyone.

Directions: Bahia Honda Key, mile marker 37, oceanside, Overseas Highway

Includes: Boat Rentals, Campgrounds

Features: Covered Pavilion, Concessions, Restrooms, Showers, Boat Ramp, Gear Rentals, Gift Shop, Grills and Picnic Tables.

In 1992 Bahia Honda SRA Beach was chosen as the best beach in the US
Ranking by Dr Stephen Leatherman
Professor and Director, International Hurricane Center
Florida International University. So much for no decent Florida Keys beaches


Anne's Beach
Anne's Beach This Florida Keys Beach is dedicated to local environmentalist Anne Eaton, Anne's Beach is a Monroe County beach and features a shallow swimming area, covered picnic tables, boardwalk and bathroom facilities. It is located on the Atlantic Ocean, but there is almost no wave action, due to the wide expanse of shallow water typical for Florida Keys beaches, and visitors will enjoy the clear and warm waters year round.

Directions: Mile Marker 73, Overseas Highway, Lower Matecumbe Key, oceanside.

Includes: Boardwalk.

Features: Restrooms and Picnic Tables.

More info on Anne's Beach


Harry Harris Park Beach
Harry Harris Park Beach This Monroe County Park provides a protected man-made lagoon with a sandy beach and clear ocean water for safe relaxing swimming. This well maintained Keys beach is just one of this parks amenities. Others include a childrens playground, restrooms, picnic tables and barbecue grills, fishing jetty, boat ramp and ball fields.

Park Hours: Sunrise to Sunset.

Admission: free all the time for Monroe County residents. On Saturdays, Sundays and Federal Holidays, Non-County residents over 16 years of age, are charged $5 per person.

Directions: Mile Marker 92.5 oceanside, Overseas Highway. Take Burton Drive to its end.

Includes: Ball park, playground, bike path

Features: Covered Pavilion, Restrooms, Showers, Boat Ramp, Grills and Picnic Tables

More info on Harry Harris Park Beach


Smathers Beach Key West
One of Key West's longest beaches offers a wide variety of watersport rentals which will provide all you will need for a great day at a Keys beach. Early risers can view sunrises as spectacular as Key West's famed sunsets from this Fabulous Florida Keys beach.

Directions: Off U.S. Highway 1, turn left onto South Roosevelt Boulevard . Follow South Roosevelt past the airport to this top Keys beach.

Features: Concessions, Restrooms, Volleyball, Gear Rentals and Picnic Tables


Sombrero Beach Marathon
This Florida Keys Beach benefited from Hurricane Georges with an increase in sand deposits and repairs and improvements by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council. Visitors will enjoy a gradually sloping, fine-grain sand beach on the Atlantic Ocean.

Directions: Overseas Highway, Mile Marker 50, oceanside. Follow Sombrero Beach Road three miles to beach.

Includes: Playground

Features: Covered Pavilion, Restrooms, Showers and Volleyball

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Florida Keys Beaches. While the rest of Florida has some of the best sandy beaches in the world, the Fabulous Florida Keys are not known for there long expanses of sand beach. This is not to say there are no Florida Keys sand beaches, just that most are on the small side and often man-made beaches. There is one Famous Keys Beach and some other very nice Florida Keys beaches such as Anne's Beach, Harry Harris Beach, Sandspur Beach, Marathon's Sombrero Beach as well as several Key West Beaches like; Higgs Beach, Smathers Beach and South Beach. There are some great Keys Beaches>.