Curry Hammock State Park

If you plan to use the Little Crawl Key anchorage and visit Curry Hammock State Park, there are a few things you need to know. When landing in the dinghy, please don't tie off to the mangroves. It damages the plants which are protected. If the dinghy has no motor and can be pulled up on the small access beach off the anchorage basin, it's not a problem. If the dinghy has the motor on, the Park requires that you drop an anchor to keep it just off the beach and wade to shore. There are fees to use the facilities that amount to $2.50 per person per day (payable at the park entrance a short walk from where you land your dinghy). The Park entry fee is free for life for disabled veterans. This gives you access to the beach, restrooms, picnic pavilions with charcoal BBQs and several faucets where water jugs can be filled. You can also walk around the park and rent a kayak if you're so inclined. But there's more.

The park also offers shower facilities but they are expensive at $8.50 per day. The rangers told us they may be rethinking that charge. The restrooms and showers are very clean, and some of the restrooms recycle the waste with composting units. The campsites are great if you have friends or relatives coming down in an RV or travel trailer. The well manicured campsites are $43.00 per day, cheap by Keys standards. They are also 1/2 price for Florida seniors. The campsites fill quickly in season so reservations are a must.

Pets are welcome in the park on a leash but are not allowed on the beach, even if carried. This is a Monroe County health regulation and is also to protect local wildlife. Keep in mind that the entire Keys are a protected Marine Sanctuary, both on land and sea. The part about carrying pets on the beach might open a question about bringing them ashore in the dinghy. There is another beach farther away that can be reached by dinghy that pets can roam. This is Coco Plum Beach and is a fairly long dinghy ride to the west. Taxi service can be arranged to pick you up at the Park entrance, bring you into Marathon, then return. We found the Park to be very enjoyable and the Park Service employees to be very friendly and helpful. It has made this anchorage move to our favorites list.


  1. Happy Holidays!
    And a great cruising 2013!
    How is life aboard during the holidays?? Lights on the outside? Tree up?
    Spices in the air?
    Our best and blessings to you both.
    Donna and George Routt

  2. Thanks for the Holiday wishes. Decorations are up inside the boat. Nothing on the outside, winds are forecast to 25 for the next couple of days. The tree Is about a foot tall. Have a great Season and a super New Year. Chuck and Susan


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