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Exploring the Keys by Kayak

May 26, 2017 Florida Keys Lifestyle

Kayaking is a great way to explore and learn of the unique coastal ecosystem and vast diversity of the life above and below the water that only the Florida Keys has to offer.  There are many areas to explore both Bay and Ocean side.  You just have to sit back, relax and enjoy the sounds of nature.

Kayaking is a great way to observe the amazing mangrove ecosystem without disturbing the native flora and fauna of the rare habitat.

Photo courtesy of Caribbean Kayaking

If you have your own kayaks or have rented them and wish to go adventure on your own, there are many places to launch your kayak throughout Marathon.  Below are some of the places you can launch your kayak and begin your day of exploration.

  • Long Key State Park (MM 65) – You can enter the park and launch from the beach or try the park’s interior paddle trail.  The ocean waters at the beach are shallow but you can paddle out to deeper waters for a swim or to fish.
  • Curry Hammock State Park (MM 56) – The beach in the park’s day-use are is an excellent launch area that will allow you to paddle miles of shoreline or explore the mangrove paddle trail.  You’ll also find a few inlets and coves.
  • Sombrero Beach (MM50) – From here, you can paddle out to the sandbar in the ocean or back into Sister Creek to explore back-country trails that snake into largely uninhabited Boot Key.  You can also paddle into Boot Key Harbor which is a sheltered area that houses many sailboats.   Sombrero Beach is in the heart of Marathon so there are all kinds of things to see and do along the harbor waterfront.

If you would prefer to explore with a guided tour or would like to rent a kayak, please visit our Fishing, Diving and Boating page here Watersports.