Stay on Islamorada to Visit Anne’s Beach
Just outside the town of Islamorada, where the Overseas Highway hits the ocean, lies the quiet and beautiful Anne’s Beach. While it is possible to stay in the Long Key town of Layton, the bulk of nearby accommodation is in Islamorada.
In the small, laid-back island town near Anne’s Beach, you’ll find rooms all along the highway for both low-budget travellers and first-class accommodation if you want all-out luxury. Islamorada is a narrow key, so most hotels come with stunning panoramic views of the ocean.
If you want to save money, consider travelling a little further afield to Windley Key where there are several one- and two-star hotels away from the town centre.
Stroll along Scenic Anne’s Beach
A boardwalk lines this pretty shoreline and connects the two car parks next to Anne’s Beach. The beach was named after an old Florida Keys resident Anne Eaton, who worked to preserve the natural beauty of the area. The thick mangrove trees and diamond-clear water makes this roadside beach feel like an escape to untouched nature. The boardwalk will also take you past a number of pavilions, which are ideal places for a picnic with views of the Atlantic Ocean stretching off into the horizon.
Safe Swimming in the Shallows
The gradual gradient of Anne’s Beach sandbar means that the waters here stay shallow for quite a long way out to sea. Paddle out into the wave-free waters and you’ll be walking for ages before even your knees get wet. This makes Anne’s Beach ideal for families, as children can happily splash in the shallows with no danger of undertow. Put on a pair of goggles and a snorkel to discover the diverse range of marine life living in the sea grass.
Anne’s Beach is quickly accessible as it is right next to the Overseas Highway near Islamorada, but it is also small enough to be easy to miss. Make sure you stop here on your stay in Florida Keys and enjoy a long day sunbathing and splashing in the warm waters.