Monroe County Parks & Beaches

Monroe County parks and beaches are open from 7:30 a.m. to sunset unless otherwise noted. Leashed pets are allowed at Monroe County parks, owners are responsible to clean up after their pets. No commercial activity of any type can be conducted on any county beach or park without a lease or license from the county. 

Key Largo

Friendship Park

This 3-acre park has a playground, baseball diamond, basketball courts, and shaded structures. 

  • Location: 69 Hibiscus Drive
  • Open until 8:30 p.m.

Key Largo Community Park & Pool

This 14-acre park features playing fields and a fitness course. It also has tennis, soccer, baseball, volleyball, basketball, handball, and skateboarding. The Jacobs Aquatic Center is located on the edge of the park (admission fees apply for the pool). The County runs the park in partnership with the YMCA. 

  • Location: 500 St. Croix Place
  • Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Two Upper Keys Little League players throw a ball to each other on the newly refurbished clay

Murray E. Nelson Government Center Park

This park is behind the government center and offers a view of the bay. It features five pavilions, restrooms, and picnic tables. It is accessible for small boats and kayaks and canoes can be launched here. 

  • Location: 102050 Overseas Highway
  • Open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Murray Nelson Park at sunset with pavilions and bayview

Rowell’s Waterfront Park

This 8-acre, passive park along Florida Bay in Key Largo opened in 2016. The park has picnic tables, benches, a place to swim (at your own risk), and a kayak, canoe, and standup paddleboard launching area. Boats and personal watercraft are not allowed.

The County is renovating the land into a more active park. The park is used as a temporary staging site for hurricane debris if needed.

  • Location: Mile Marker 104.5 on U.S. 1
  • Open until one-half hour after sunset

Rowells Waterfront Park on Memorial Day 2016 W

Mike Forster Memorial Park

This small 3-acre park features a small boat ramp for kayaks or canoes with access to surrounding mangroves and waters. 

  • Location: 20 Sunset Road
  • 6 Parking Spots

Bay Harbor Drive/Sunset Road Right-of-Way

This very small right-of-way is in a residential neighborhood and offers no parking. It is accessible Tuesday-Thursday by walk-ups, drop-offs, or bicycles only. Parking fines in the neighborhood are $200.

Tavernier

Old Settlers Park

This historic location has been transformed into a small park with a pavilion, picnic table, walking trail, and playground. Benches scatter the park to provide visitors with a place to enjoy the scenic ocean views.

  • Location: Mile Marker 92.5 of U.S. 1, oceanside

Harry Harris Park

The 21-acre park along the ocean includes a boat ramp, pavilions, barbecue grills, picnic tables, a playground, a protected beach, and a swimming area. There are two baseball fields and basketball courts.

There is a fee for non-Monroe County residents on weekends and holidays. 

** Beach area and playground are currently closed for beach jetty repairs. Expected to reopen summer 2022. 

  • Location: end of East Beach Road

A silhouette of four people with fishing poles at the park at sunrise

Little Duck Key

Veterans Memorial Park

The permanent bathrooms and one pavilion at the site need further renovations and will remain closed due to Hurricane Irma. There are portapotty facilities on site available for use. 

  • Location: west end of the Seven Mile Bridge, Mile Marker 40 of U.S. 1

Veterans Park reopens after Hurricane Irma

Big Pine Key

Blue Heron Park

Only the pickleball courts are open. The County is working to restore its features, which included a community building with restrooms, three tiki pavilions with six barbeque grills, a basketball court, and a volleyball court.

  • Location: Intersection of Wilder Road and Lytton Way

Big Pine Key Community Park

The park includes tennis courts, a playground, a skate park, and a fitness trail. 

47 Big Pine Key Park-9 LR

Lower Keys Scenic Viewing Area

Coming Soon: The Lower Keys Scenic Viewing Area is under construction with an estimated completion date in summer 2022. The area will have 17 parking spaces, bike racks, restrooms, a kayak and canoe hand-launch area, 9,500 square feet of boardwalk, tiki huts, picnic areas with tables, benches, and barbeque grills, and an 11-foot raised viewing deck.

Palm Villa Park

This small park has a picnic table and a playground.

  • Location: End of Palm Avenue and Wilder

Palm Villa Park

This small park has a picnic table and a playground.

  • Location: End of Palm Avenue and Wilder

Watson Field & Big Pine Key Dog Park

There is a baseball field, a sand volleyball court, and two tennis courts. This park has a gated dog park with a grassy playing field.

  • Location: 30150 South Street
  • Open until 10 p.m.

Ramrod Key

Ramrod Park

The park is vacant and sandy. Visitors can enjoy walking or relaxing on the sand while watching the sunset. 

  • Location: corner of Bay Shore Drive and Pruitt Drive

Saddlebunch Keys

Bay Point Park

The park behind Baby’s Coffee features benches, picnic tables, and barbeque pits. There is a sand volleyball court, a basketball court, a tennis court, and a bocce court. It also has a sandy playground with swing sets and a jungle gym, a large grassy field, and a soccer net. 

  • Mile Marker 15
  • Location: 6 West Circle Drive
  • Open until 10:30 p.m.

Geiger Key

Boca Chica Beach

This relatively secluded beach is a great spot to see a multitude of sea life. 

  • Location: End of Boca Chica Road

Big Coppitt Key

Big Coppitt Volunteer Fire Department Park

The park includes a basketball court, roller hockey rink, bocce courts, horseshoe pits, and a handball court. It also has six tables and benches. 

  • Location: 280 Avenue F
  • Open until 10 p.m.

Wilhelmina Harvey Park

The park has a jungle gym, swing set, a picnic area with an open grassy area, and a short walking trail. There is also a gated dog park at this location.

  • Location: 373 Avenue F

Stock Island

Bernstein Park

This park has athletic fields, a community center, a playground, a fitness court, and other amenities.  

  • Location: corner of 5th Street and 5th Avenue
  • Open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

New fitness equipment at Bernstein Park

Key West

Higgs Beach

The oceanside park offers a place for swimming and snorkeling, beach volleyball, tennis courts, and pickleball courts. It includes a gated dog park and a large sandy playground with barbecue pits and picnic tables. Reynolds Pier is a great place to view the sunset. 

  • Location: 1040 Atlantic Blvd

Key West Pines Park

The picnic area under Australian pines is a good place to watch planes take off from Key West International Airport or the beautiful sunrises over the water.

  • Location: 3501 South Roosevelt Blvd.