The parking lot is huge and brilliantly laid out alongside the park so for people who are naturally averse to walking, that would be most Americans, cars are never too far from an entrance to the gated park and beach.
And dogs are welcome. Cool! It's too bad owners have to be reminded repeatedly to pick up after their animals.
The sandy beach is decidedly not appetizing on a rainy summer morning but when the weather is right this place will be packed on a weekend. It's got nice swimming and there is a child's playground and the whole thing is wide open and free to all.
The restrooms are clean and there are lots of them. They even provide facilities for the dogs.
The park is nicely laid out with winding paths and mature trees and looks good to the eye.
This is a really nice park in a town with not much going for it visually.
Marathon's coastline is pretty severe and uninteresting. There are no indentations or islands you can call destinations or even lumps of land to break up the skyline. Look out to sea and it's all water. Except for this thing:
Sombrero Beach is full of signboards explaining and illustrating wild life and attractions. There's the light house on the horizon, barely breaking up the straight line.
Sombrero Beach is full of landscaping and care, something that is horribly absent from the rest of the city.
Marathon is a wide spot in Highway One, ten miles of no landscaping, urban planning or any sort of eye catching beauty. It's miles of strip malls, light industry and giant cement poles carrying the electricity from Miami to Key West.
There's a Publix, a K-Mart, a fabulous city marina and Sombrero Beach, the nicest public park and free swimming beach in the Keys. Why no one in Marathon wants the rest of the city to live up to the promise of Sombrero Beach is beyond me.
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