Sombrero Beach Road runs due south from the city's main traffic light on the Highway, there is a Bank of America on one corner and a Tom Thumb inconvenience store on the other, and from there its a two mile ride through Marathon's more chic neighborhood, past the High School to the beach.
And on the other by the beach itself and it is a fine beach, by Keys standards:
In creating this recreation area Marathon has gone all out, including lawns, picnic areas, clean usable toilets and its even dog friendly, provided they are leashed and you clean up after them. Its filled with environmental messages about turtles and it offers views out across the Straits of Florida, almost to Cuba. Little wonder its a popular place, with young people:Older people, or perhaps just more restful people we might say:Residentially challenged people:And swimmers:
So all these Middle Keys people are enjoying all these rather decent amenities in a free park the like of which Key West cannot boast:
All of which is a tremendous encouragement to stay and linger awhile, which I may well come and do later when school is back in session. Instead, photos taken, water fountain drunk from and its back in the saddle again to the next self imposed assignment:Under a sunny August sky.