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Sombrero Beach

Play beach games; go swimming, kayaking or snorkeling; and lounge in the sun at one of Marathon’s most visited beaches.

Shady picnic areas, a carpet of white sand and dive sites just meters from the shore have helped cement this popular beach’s reputation as one of the best in the Florida Keys. Bring the family to Sombrero Beach to frolic in the calm water and enjoy beach activities or a barbecue.

Sombrero Beach is a stretch of public beach just off the Overseas Highway and has been developed to allow a range of activities to take place. Dive or snorkel in the pristine water or rent a kayak and set out exploring. Join in a game of beach soccer on the sand. Take notice of the unusual shapes of the grains of sand when you relax in shady groves provided by the coconut palms that line the beach.

As one of Marathon’s main beaches, Sombrero Beach is particularly busy on weekends. While this makes for a festive atmosphere, you’ll want to arrive early to secure a good spot by the water. Rent a banana lounge and an umbrella for some added comfort. During the week, the beach is much quieter.

In the evenings Sombrero Beach is one of the best places to watch the sun set in Marathon. Its location on the ocean side of the key means you have an unobstructed view of the sun descending beyond the horizon. Use the barbecue pits provided to enjoy some fresh seafood or a steak as you watch the sun go down.

While the beach is not patrolled for most of the year, the gentle conditions make it perfect for swimming with children. Experienced swimmers will love exploring the deeper water, where tropical fish and turtles swim around. From April until October, Sombrero Beach is a nesting site for loggerhead turtles, and some areas of the beach are protected.

Sombrero Beach is located in the heart of Marathon and can easily be reached on foot or bike from the town. Visitors coming by car from other Keys will find free parking at the top of the beach. The beach is closed at night.


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Tranquility Bay Beachfront Hotel and Resort CA $380
Tranquility Bay Beachfront Hotel and Resort

Tranquility Bay Beachfront Hotel and Resort

2600 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Marathon resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Pretty Joe Rock and 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Seven Mile Bridge. The Turtle Hospital and Vaca Key are also within 1 mile (2 km).

    Banana Bay Resort & Marina CA $296
    Banana Bay Resort & Marina

    Banana Bay Resort & Marina

    4590 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Pretty Joe Rock and within 3 miles (5 km) of Sombrero Beach and Seven Mile Bridge. Florida Keys Country Club and The Turtle Hospital are also within 1 mile (2 km).

      Skipjack Resort Suites & Marina CA $278
      Skipjack Resort Suites & Marina

      Skipjack Resort Suites & Marina

      19 Sombrero Blvd, Marathon, FL
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Marathon, this golf aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Pretty Joe Rock and 2.1 mi (3.5 km) from Sombrero Beach. Florida Keys Country Club and The Turtle Hospital are also within 3 miles (5 km).

        Isla Bella Beach Resort & Spa CA $354
        Isla Bella Beach Resort & Spa

        Isla Bella Beach Resort & Spa

        1 Knights Key Boulevard, MM 47, Marathon, FL
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Nestled on the beach, this Marathon resort is within a 15-minute walk of Vaca Key and Seven Mile Bridge. The Turtle Hospital and Florida Keys Country Club are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Hyatt Place Marathon Florida Keys CA $380
          Hyatt Place Marathon Florida Keys

          Hyatt Place Marathon Florida Keys

          1996 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Marathon, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Turtle Hospital and Pigeon Key Foundation. Seven Mile Bridge and Crane Point Museum and Nature Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Blue Marlin House: Sombrero Beach 3/3.5 With 200-ft Deepwater Dock, Pool & Spa
            Blue Marlin House: Sombrero Beach 3/3.5 With 200-ft Deepwater Dock, Pool & Spa

            Blue Marlin House: Sombrero Beach 3/3.5 With 200-ft Deepwater Dock, Pool & Spa

            806 Corte Del Sol, Marathon, FL
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated by the ocean, this romantic holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Sombrero Beach, Crane Point Museum and Nature Center and Florida Keys Country Club. Pretty Joe Rock is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) away.

              Custom Built Luxury Home on Canal; Walk to Beach; Close to Everything!
              Custom Built Luxury Home on Canal; Walk to Beach; Close to Everything!

              Custom Built Luxury Home on Canal; Walk to Beach; Close to Everything!

              504 Corte De Luna, Marathon, FL
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated on the waterfront, this romantic holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Sombrero Beach, Crane Point Museum and Nature Center and Florida Keys Country Club. Pretty Joe Rock is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

                Tranquil Waterfront Home With Pool, Kayaks And Privacy Near Sombrero Beach
                Tranquil Waterfront Home With Pool, Kayaks And Privacy Near Sombrero Beach

                Tranquil Waterfront Home With Pool, Kayaks And Privacy Near Sombrero Beach

                39 Treasure Rd, Marathon, FL
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated on the waterfront, this holiday home is within 3 miles (5 km) of Sombrero Beach, Crane Point Museum and Nature Center and Florida Keys Country Club. Pretty Joe Rock is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.