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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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Hyatt Place Marathon Florida Keys C$196
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Hyatt Place Marathon Florida Keys

1996 Overseas Highway, Marathon
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 1,654 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    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).

    Tranquility Bay Beachfront Hotel and Resort C$178
    Tranquility Bay Beachfront Hotel and Resort

    Tranquility Bay Beachfront Hotel and Resort

    2600 Overseas Hwy, Marathon
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 1,260 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Located on a private beach in Marathon, Tranquility Bay Beachfront Hotel and Resort is a 5-minute walk from the turtle rehabilitation hospital, and less than 2 miles (3.2 km) from the Seven Mile Bridge. Guests can also explore Crane Point Museums & Nature Center, a 5-minute drive away.

      Courtyard by Marriott Marathon Florida Keys C$178
      Courtyard by Marriott Marathon Florida Keys

      Courtyard by Marriott Marathon Florida Keys

      2146 Overseas Hwy, Marathon
         
        4.7
        of 5, from 351 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated near the beach, 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).

        Beautiful Beachfront Home Heated Pool 45' Dock
        Beautiful Beachfront Home Heated Pool 45' Dock

        Beautiful Beachfront Home Heated Pool 45' Dock

        , Marathon
           
          4.9
          of 5, from 9 reviews
          0.0 out of 5.0

          This Marathon vacation home is located by the ocean, nestled on the beach a short distance from Sombrero Beach, Florida Keys Country Club, and The Turtle Hospital. Local attractions also include Crane Point Museum and Nature Center and Pigeon Key Foundation.

          Terry's Getaway by RedAwning
          Terry's Getaway by RedAwning

          Terry's Getaway by RedAwning

          515 Avenida Primiceria, Marathon
             
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Marathon, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sombrero Beach, Crane Point Museum and Nature Center, and Florida Keys Country Club. The Turtle Hospital and Island Hoppers Aerial Adventures are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            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

            , Marathon
               
              5.0
              of 5, from 2 reviews
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Situated on the waterfront, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sombrero Beach, Crane Point Museum and Nature Center, and Florida Keys Country Club. The Turtle Hospital and Island Hoppers Aerial Adventures are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Banana Bay Resort & Marina C$106
              Banana Bay Resort & Marina

              Banana Bay Resort & Marina

              4590 Overseas Highway, Marathon
                 
                3.5
                of 5, from 1,516 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Marathon, this golf hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Crane Point Museum and Nature Center and 2.4 mi (3.8 km) from Sombrero Beach. Florida Keys Country Club and The Turtle Hospital are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Incredible Special. $6000 ALL IN Pricing~ Sept~oct~nov~ Excludes Holidays
                Incredible Special. $6000 ALL IN Pricing~ Sept~oct~nov~ Excludes Holidays

                Incredible Special. $6000 ALL IN Pricing~ Sept~oct~nov~ Excludes Holidays

                , Marathon
                   
                  3.5
                  of 5, from 2 reviews
                  0.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Marathon, this vacation home is close to Sombrero Beach, Florida Keys Country Club, and Crane Point Museum and Nature Center. Local attractions also include The Turtle Hospital and Pigeon Key Foundation.