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SOMBRERO BEACH (Marathon) mm 50
Key West, FL 33040
This city beach in Marathon is also a “real” beach and it’s also free. The beach is a white sand arc with lots of amenities: grassy lawns shaded with palm trees, changing rooms, restrooms, showers, picnic tables, grills, a playground. This is a good place to do a little snorkeling from shore, particularly in several areas where the shore is lined with rocks. Sometimes you must contend with piles of sea grass. The beach, which is two miles off the main road, is a favorite with locals because many visitors don’t know it’s there. To us, this seemed like a typical municipal beach: It wouldn’t be considered special except sandy beaches are so rare in the Florida Keys.
Turn south at MM 50 at the light (Publix Shopping Center) and follow Sombrero Beach Road for about two miles to the end. There is plenty of parking.