Sombrero Beach





Slice of Heaven

The Florida Keys may not be renowned for their beaches, but beautiful Sombrero Beach is an exception to the rule. Its jaw-dropping tropical scenery — including white sand, turquoise water and coconut palm trees — makes travelers feel like they’ve escaped to a secluded Caribbean island. But thankfully, much-needed amenities aren’t lacking. Besides bathrooms and showers, this park offers ample parking, picnic pavilions and volleyball courts.

Beach Activities

While visitors to Sombrero Beach will see plenty of relaxed sunbathers stretched out on beach towels, there’s quite a bit of activity in the water. Warm water and soft waves make this spot excellent for swimming and wading. Kayakers launch from a sandy spot near a small dock, and snorkelers convene near the rocky shelf by the beachfront.

Near the parking lot is a small kids’ playground, perfect for a post-picnic romp. Dogs are allowed to enjoy the beach too, as long as they remain leashed.

Watch for signs marking turtle nesting sites, especially from April to October, when these creatures descend on the beach during the late-night hours to lay eggs.

Getting Here

Sombrero Beach is located about a mile from mile marker 50 on the Overseas Highway. Simply turn onto Sombrero Beach Road and follow it through a residential neighborhood until you see the beachfront.

After your visit, plan to make a stop at the Turtle Hospital, a nonprofit rehab facility for injured and diseased sea turtles.

Sombrero Beach at a Glance


Country or State:Florida

Length of Beach:.5 miles

Access:By car

Best time to visit:Winter months - best weather

High Season:Dec. to April

Low Season:May to November

Beach Hours:7:30 am to sunset


  • Picnic pavilions, children's playground and parking
  • Restaurants along the Overseas Highway

Beach Type:

  • White sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular

Special Events:

  • Sombrero Beach Run

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