Despite their reputation as an ocean getaway, the Florida Keys don’t boast many large beaches, mainly due to the character of the islands. The Keys are remnants of coral reefs frozen in stone, fossilized, with a buildup of sand and much around mangrove roots forming a shoreline.
Anne’s Beach is one of the more popular little slivers of sand along US 1. It has a half-mile boardwalk that snakes between the mangroves, with a handful of picnic shelters and access points to the shoreline. The northern parking area has a restroom, and the southern parking area boasts some nice rocky shallows for snorkeling. Pull off at MM 73.8 in Islamorada and let the dogs out – this slightly sticky strand is pup-friendly – for a wade into the shallows.