Dedicated to local environmentalist Anne Eaton and featuring mushy sand and calm shallow waters, Anne’s Beach is one of the prettiest swimming holes around Key Largo. It has two parking lots, a pretty boardwalk, cozy picnic tables, and a dedicated swimming area.
This beautiful place suits people of all ages and swimming abilities and offers many secluded spots. It’s popular with families and fishermen. If you like cozy little beaches and don’t really need the “big beach” amenities, this place is for you.
Location and Access
You can reach Anne’s Beach by car at Mile Marker 73.5, Lower Matecumbe Key, Islamorada. It’s about a half an hour car ride from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. The beach has two parking lots about ¼ mile apart and connected with a nice boardwalk to stroll on.
Parking is limited and you can’t park on the beach so arrive early on weekends and in high season. However, many people drop by for a short time so, with a little patience, you’ll get a parking space in any case.
There are public restrooms and showers to rinse the sand off. If you would like to have lunch in the fresh air, bring some delicious food and arrive earlier to occupy one of the shaded picnic tables near the water. There are walking paths where you can see some wildlife. Local species include lizards, iguanas, sea birds, fish, and crabs.
To be honest, the beach could be somewhat cleaner. The water is beautiful but very shallow so you can wade out far from the shore. The muck is deep and really sucks you in. There are plenty of spots for the little ones to splash about.
However, this is probably not a good swimming spot for those who prefer to swim in deep waters because the shallow area extends really far. Thanks to that, it is also a popular destination for beginning kiteboarders since it presents a convenient environment for learning this sport.
This is one of the few places in the area where you can bring your dog, and you are likely to meet many other dog owners here. Just don’t forget to take a plastic bag and pick up after your pet. All dogs must be leashed. However, there is nobody to enforce this rule and visitors tend to violate it.
- 1 hour 30 minutes from Key West, FL
- 1 hour 50 minutes from Miami, FL
- 2 hours 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale, FL
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Anne’s Beach which you can visit: