VIBE: Active, Family Friendly, Dog Friendly
2130 Sombrero Beach Rd, Marathon, FL 33050
Finding a quality beach in the Florida Keys that's affordable can be a challenge. Beach access in the Keys means you may have to pay a lot for parking or choose an expensive hotel. Not at Sombrero Beach!
Escape to Paradise in the Florida Keys
This fully accessible soft, sandy beach includes a park with shady picnic pavilions, volleyball courts, restrooms and showers. Situated at the end of Sombrero Beach Road in Marathon, FL, it is open from 7am to dusk. It is dog-friendly too. The parking is free. We visited in December and the weather was still hot. Best of all we found a shallow, blue lagoon with warm water to relax in by the pier...just like a hot tub. After a long truck ride down from Miami this was great. If you want to watch the Florida Keys sunset it's breathtaking!
Sombrero Beach Sand
The sand is very soft and light in color. There isn't a lot of beach real estate here and when we went there was quite a bit of seaweed on the shore. The Florida Keys sand is a bit like sinking sand when you wade out into the water so be careful. Wearing water shoes is a good idea because there are some rocks and shells. In the lagoon near the pier, the rocks were quite prominent and sharp, but the water is warmer so it's worth navigating around them to find your spot.
Sombrero Beach Water
The beach water is glassy near the shore and a very deep emerald color if you decide to swim out. It is as pretty as Siesta Key in color, but not as clear. We could not see our feet further out due to the amount of sea grass at that time. Vegetation in the water is pretty typical for Florida Keys beaches. The water was a little cool in December so we ventured over to the lagoon near the pier where it was much warmer. There were no waves so we could float...relaxation was total.
Sombrero Beach Parking and Amenities
Parking is free at Sombrero Beach Park and there seemed to be plenty of spots on both sides of the road. There is no dedicated parking lot. Everything was very clean with large restrooms with changing areas. The fishing and observation pier was recently rebuilt and what a view! The is a dog-friendly beach so be aware of that if you visit. Yes, folks picked up after their pets but keep your eyes open. There is plenty of shade and inviting palm trees.
Sombrero Beach Activities
Sombrero Beach is family friendly! There is a covered kids play area and volley ball courts with real beach sand. Add in picnic pavilions and you have a perfect Florida beach destination wit lots of shade for kids. You can fish or paddleboard or both. There are plenty of kayaking eco-tours that make this vacation destination special. If you have a boat, it's paradise and we saw quite a few fishing charters go by.
As usual, we lazed around and took advantage of the shady spots underneath the plentiful palm trees. The perfect beach day included lunch at Paradise Cuban for casual, authentic food. They only serve breakfast and lunch, but the Cuban coffee is fantastic. It is right across from Tranquility Bay where we stayed for a night. Read more about our Florida Keys road trip here.
Look Out! This Could Happen...
Don't expect this to be like other Florida beaches...this is the Florida Keys and you're lucky to get a sandy beach at all! In some areas the water is clear and in other spots it is sand-filled, grassy and murky. So keep your eyes open and tread carefully so you don't get stuck in sand or step on rocks. If you want surfing waves this is NOT the beach for you. However, paddle-boarding, kayaking and snorkeling are popular Florida Keys activities. We also saw a very large DEA boat going full-speed out into the ocean. We can't resist anything fast and loud!
Trucks at This Beach
Look what we found while street parking at Sombrero Beach. A lifted RAM 2500 pickup truck with Delmonico Pearl Coat paint and custom Forgiato rims. Some trucks just make you stop and stare. Glad we don't have to climb in but it sure is a beauty!
What We Really Think About Sombrero Beach
A road trip to the Florida Keys is one of the best beach trips you can take, in our opinion. It's breathtaking to drive over all the bridges and see the emerald water. We couldn't stop sighing while crossing the Seven Mile Bridge. However, be prepared for lower quality beaches (grassy and murky) that cover less real estate. Don't let that stop you from going because this is a Florida road trip you will never forget.
If you have kids, the Keys Cable Park will have them wakeboarding in no time (check to see if it is open beforehand). For campers, try the Coconut Cay RV Park and Marina only 3 miles away in nearby Marathon, FL. Read more about our driving journey from Key Largo to Key West in this post.
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