Welcome to one of Islamorada’s best attractions for the avid beachgoer. While the Florida Keys in general do not offer a large variety of sandy beaches, this little stretch located at Mile Marker 73.4 Oceanside offers a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the day sunbathing and wading in the warm tropical waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Always voted as one of the best beaches in the Florida Keys, Anne’s Beach offers many amenities that can enhance a full day of pure enjoyment. First they offer two parking lots located at the north and south end of the beach, the north end lot has a public restroom and shower. Connecting the lots is an elevated boardwalk allowing visitors to take a scenic tour through the mangroves and wetlands. Five covered pavilions with picnic tables, all with scenic ocean views, can be accessed from the boardwalk and provide a great space to have a picnic or a family gathering or a home base.
The beach itself is probably at its best at low tide, since it will offer more space for sunbathers. Because of the expansive area of shallows in the area, the best activity is to wade and frolic and enjoy the year round warm turquoise waters. Perfect for younger children and pets. Remember leashing and clean-up after our four legged friends is required.
Anne’s beach also offers a great place to paddle board, kayak, kite board, or snorkel. The expansive shallow waters and sandy and grass flats are a perfect for exploring and enjoying the natural beauty of the Florida Keys.
The beach is named after Local environmentalist Anne Eaton. Ann was a teacher early in her life until she met and married a very wealthy banker named Cyrus Eaton in 1957. Polio struck Ann at the young age of 24 and left her in a wheel char. Regardless of her disability, Anne and Cyrus traveled the world and met many of world leaders in science and industry. When her husband passed away Anne settle in the Florida Keys, in Lower Matecumbe. She always praised the Florida Keys as being the the best place on Earth, a high acclaim from a seasoned World traveler. She lived in Lower Matecumbe until her death in 1992. Her home was fittingly named “The Last Resort.