Anne’s beach is a Florida Keys landmark. Located at Mile Marker 73.4 this oceanside park offers one of the best sandy beaches in the Keys. Not just my humble opinion but voted in year after year. Anne’s beach is one of the truly free things to do in the Keys with no parking fees or fees to use one of the 5 pavilions for picnicking.
The beach is named for famed environmentalist Anne Eaton who was a pioneer in conservation and lived in the Keys from the time of her banker husband’s death to hers in 1992.
The park consists of two parking lots connected by a 1/4th mile boardwalk studded with pavilions that each have beach access. The swimming area is shallow, more for wading than swimming and stretches out several meters. Because of this and the low wave action, it is known as a place where people practice kiteboarding.
The mangroves along the beach offer privacy and shade. The deadwood you find along your walk are some of the Keys' most iconic views. This is a great park for birdwatching as well.
It is one of the few pet-friendly beaches in the Keys, but you must leash and clean up after your furry friends. A sign warning of an American crocodile in the area is another reason to keep your pets and small children close by.
Another quirky attribute of Anne’s Beach is that it is clothing optional. Not required, of course, but be aware when sunbathing.
The beach went under a 1.6 million dollar 11-month reconstruction and reopened in August 2019 after being destroyed by Hurricane Irma in 2017. The updated park is beautiful and family-friendly and ready for your next Keys vacation.
I highly recommend Anne’s Beach for any Keys vacation. It is free, it has amenities like bathrooms and pavilions, is shallow and safe for your children and pets so bring your sunscreen, sunglasses, and a nice captain's hat and make this your next stop!
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