JOHN PENNEKAMP CORAL REEF STATE PARK/FAR BEACH/CANNON BEACH
Two of the most popular beaches in Key Largo are located in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Cannon Beach and Far Beach.
If you are looking for a beach where you can relax, catch some rays, and enjoy the water, Far Beach is your best bet. This palm-lined, man-made sandy beach attracts sunbathers and beachcombers. The water is calm, warm and shallow, making it a good swimming spot, especially for children. A portable rollout mat called the Mobi-Mat is installed across the sand, providing wheelchair accessibility.
Cannon Beach is located beside the fishing pier in Largo Sound. It is famous for its 17th century cannon located right on the beach. No more than 100 feet from shore snorkelers can view the barnacle-encrusted ship’s cannons and an ancient anchor, among other artifacts. The waters here are calm and great for young children. Like Far Beach, Cannon Beach is man-made, but with an abundance of sea life and tropical fish, including tarpon and barracuda. This site is used frequently for snorkeling. You’ll find for your convenience changing rooms, picnic tables, barbecues, and restrooms.
In the park other activities are available in addition to swimming. Fishing is allowed in designated locations within the park. Snorkeling, scuba diving, and glass bottom tours are given to visitors of the park who want to see more of the wildlife. You can also rent canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats.
HARRY HARRIS PARK
Found at mile marker 93, this park also has a small beach. Here you will find a swimming area that is roped off, a playground for the kids, picnic tables, restrooms, and a boat ramp. The best part is this beach is free on weekdays. Many visitors to this park consider it one of the top Key Largo beaches because of all the activities nearby. There is definitely something for everyone in the family.
Close to mile marker 87, Founders Park offers family fun with a beach, skate park, baseball fields, and an Olympic pool with a shallow section. Other amenities included picnic tables and restrooms.
Named after Anne Eaton, a local environmentalist, located at mile marker 73. This beach has two parking lots about a quarter mile apart from each other. Those who know the area well know that if you follow the boardwalk in between the parking lots, you’ll find five covered pavilions as well as stretches of beach that are secluded.
Located at mile marker 108, at the Jewfish Creek Bridge, Gilbert’s Resort offers a wide array of activities that ensure a day filled with excitement and adventure, from water sports to relaxation to entertainment. You can relax at the beach, play in the sand, walk, or swim in the water. Little tiki huts provide the perfect shade from a day in the sun. You can also take a swim in the pool and listen to live music. Dogs are welcome. Gilbert’s website: gilbertsresort.com Or check out this really cool website: 360floridakeys.com