South of the White Street Fishing Pier next to the Casa Marina Resort. This urban beach offers shade from a grove of palm trees, picnic tables, dog park, & free parking.
Long Key’s beach can be shallow for about 100 yards, depending on the tide, and it has pockets of deeper water that rarely are over your head.
For a start, that award-winning beach, and the best beach in the Florida Keys, is Bahia Honda State Park at MM 36.8. The Bahia Honda beach is long – 2.5 miles – with white sand and water so shallow. Admission: $8 per vehicle for two to eight people per vehicle.$2 for pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers; $4 single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle.
An 87 acre state park with a pre-Civil War Fort. Wonderful sunset views. One of the best beaches in Key West, though a bit rocky. Public restrooms, food/drink kiosk, chair rentals, picnic tables and BBQ’s. Admission: $6 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $2 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass. $4 Single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle.
The park is Dive Central, and that’s true of its beach too. The park’s Cannon Beach is quite small, but if you bring your snorkeling gear, it’s a great place to snorkel from shore.
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.