One of the really scenic State Parks that is located in the Middle Florida Keys, at mile marker 86. While the park is huge if you use the kayaks to explore it, the beach area and Playground are on the small side. However, because the location is a ways away from any of the city centers, there are usually just a handful of people at the park. For day light use only. Excellent for all forms of watersports and beach style recreational opportunities.
It is great for stopping on the way down to Key West, as you still have about an hour to go. The restrooms are decent and you can stick your body under the outdoor shower if you get salt water on you at the beach. Bring your floats and a radio. The US1 Radio Station is really good in the Florida Keys.
Just a couple of miles from the beginning parts of Marathon at Key Colony Beach. The Island Fish Company is a winner for a lunch stop or sunset drinks, it is on the right. On Key Colony Beach, the place for waterfront restaurants is Sparky's Landing.
For weeks voters pressed send to cast digital votes on the best of the Florida Keys Parks. Curry Hammock State Park has paddleboards, paddles, life jackets, kayaks and other equipment. Hours are 8am to sunset, 365 days a year and the Beach Park has it all. The park is home to the white crowned pigeon and named after Miami school teacher Lamar Louise Curry.