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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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Banana Bay Resort & Marina $139
Reviewed on Jun 24, 2019
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Banana Bay Resort & Marina

Banana Bay Resort & Marina

4590 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL
     
    3.6 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    clean and spacious room nice and soft bed quiet and relaxing place nice people in the office

    Isla Bella Beach Resort $182
    Reviewed on Jun 25, 2019
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    Isla Bella Beach Resort

    Isla Bella Beach Resort

    1 Knights Key Boulevard, MM 47, Marathon, FL
       
      4.4 of 5
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      The property has an amazing view and is all brand new. But our stay started with a bad impression because our room it wasnt ready for check in at 5.15 pm, an hour and 15 later than the check in time.We waited for half an hour. After our complaint one of the executives from the hotel apologize and ...

      P00 - 4 Bedroom Pool Home Overlooking Sombrero Beach!
      Reviewed on Feb 10, 2019
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      P00 - 4 Bedroom Pool Home Overlooking Sombrero Beach!

      P00 - 4 Bedroom Pool Home Overlooking Sombrero Beach!

      Marathon, Florida
         
        4.5 of 5
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Four of us enjoyed a week at this Sombrero beach location. It was larger than we needed but the ocean view was incredible! The pool was an added treat. We would definitely stay here again.

        Hyatt Place Marathon Florida Keys $144
        Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019
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        Hyatt Place Marathon Florida Keys

        Hyatt Place Marathon Florida Keys

        1996 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL
           
          4.5 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          The property is in the perfect location for what we wanted to do. There is a marina located behind the hotel with a great restaurant and swimming pool for the kids. We were a short bike ride from Sombrero Beach also.

          Custom Built Luxury Home on Canal; Walk to Beach; Close to Everything!
          Reviewed on Apr 25, 2019
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          Custom Built Luxury Home on Canal; Walk to Beach; Close to Everything!

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

          Marathon, Florida
             
            4.7 of 5
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This home made everyone in our party happy - aged 5 to 82! We loved the home (our only wish was for melamine/plastic dinnerware), the pool (which is nice and shady in the afternoon), the dock, the amenities - it's so nice that there are a ton of beach towels and beach/pool toys around. We loved the ...

            Family Canalfront Home w/ Private Pool, Dock, gas Grill & Balcony - 1 dog OK!
            Family Canalfront Home w/ Private Pool, Dock, gas Grill & Balcony - 1 dog OK!

            Family Canalfront Home w/ Private Pool, Dock, gas Grill & Balcony - 1 dog OK!

            Marathon, Florida
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              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. Pretty Joe Rock is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) away.

              Tranquil Waterfront Home With Pool, Kayaks And Privacy Near Sombrero Beach
              Reviewed on Feb 5, 2019
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              Tranquil Waterfront Home With Pool, Kayaks And Privacy Near Sombrero Beach

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

              Marathon, Florida
                 
                5.0 of 5
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This is by far the nicest house we have ever rented. Everything was new and in good working order. The house was spotless and even the grill was clean. The pool was surprisingly heated allowing us to use it on the cooler days. We will definitely be renting this house again next year.

                Great Family Home Around The Corner From The Famous Sombrero Beach
                Reviewed on Jun 26, 2018
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                Great Family Home Around The Corner From The Famous Sombrero Beach

                Great Family Home Around The Corner From The Famous Sombrero Beach

                Marathon, Florida
                   
                  3.5 of 5
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  need more kitchen ware, lighting was a bit challenging