Curry Hammock State Park Beach
Curry Hammock State Park is set in the heart of the Florida Keys just to the north east of Marathon. Given how developed neighbouring keys are it is somewhat of a surprise just how pristine and wild this stretch of the Keys is.
Centered on Little Claw Key the park occupies over 1,000 acres of woodland (hammocks), mangrove and most importantly, beach! A stretch of powdery white sand, this sits in front of the small campsite and other facilities such as picnic pavilions, restrooms and a playground.
This is a nature lover’s paradise and an adventurer’s playground with hiking trails and kayak trails through the mangroves. Along with Florida regulars such as sea turtles, dolphins and manatees the area is also a stop over for peregrine falcons and other raptors.
Kitesurfing is popular at Curry Hammock and when the winds are right kite boarders from across Florida descend here. Strict safety policies are in place to keep the boarders away from bathers; there is a specific launching / landing spot and all activity must then take place at least 300 feet from the shoreline.
As mentioned the park also has a campground. With only 28 sites it doesn’t take long to fill up, and given the natural charms of Curry Hammock, this happens well in advance.
The park is open from 8am to sunset, 365 days a year. There is a $5 entrance fee for non-residents.
- Diving & snorkelling
- Kite surfing
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