Curry Hammock State Park is home to the warmest winter weather in the continental United States; that’s why it fills up fast. Reservations are a must at this Middle Key, Florida state park. And it’s easy to see why it’s always so packed. Besides having last years winter on a Tuesday, they also have some of the best kayaking waters in the state. The tropical islands, mangrove swamps and sea grass beds allow visitor to experience a tropical paradise found no where else in the United States.
There are over 1,600 feet of prime beachfront real estate to launch from. Even if you don’t have a boat, canoes and kayaks can be rented in the park for as little as $17.20 an hour. The mangrove swamps and backwaters are very calm and clear. A no motor policy in the park keeps wake down and the environment pristine.
And there’s plenty to see while you’re out and about on the water at Curry Hammock State Park. Dolphins and manatees frequent the deeper grass beds, searching for the many baitfish that call these shallow waters home. Raptors and bald eagles also feed on the succulent and easy prey as well and can often be seen diving into the waters and coming out with a large fish.
In fact, many types of birds come here, especially during the winter months. The rare and endangered white-crowned pigeon has been spotted in the park several times during its flight south to warmer winter feeding grounds.
The unique sea grass beds provide a host of food too many different animals that live within the park. Not the typical coral reef area you associate with the Florida Keys, but an interesting snorkeling adventure that is teeming with life awaits just off of Curry Hammock State Parks beach.
You may want to stay overnight for more fun the next day at the full facility 28 site campground. Nearby bathrooms with hot showers, picnic tables and grills are available at each site. A bike trail leads into nearby Marathon from the park, making this just one more reason why this amazing Florida state park is so busy.
With a direct view to the Atlantic Ocean and lots that accommodate up to 70 feet long RV’s, it’s easy to see why these lots fill up fast. Florida’s human migration always occurs during the winter months and reservations fill up months in advance.
For more information on reservations to this great Florida state park, visit the ReserveAmerica.com website here. For details about park fees, hours of operations or other amenities, visit the Curry Hammock State Park website here.