For those in the know regarding beaches in the Keys, as far as Islamorada goes, Founders is like the best gas station sushi in Alabama. Blame geology and geography. The Keys are coral-based islands, thus very little sand to go around. It's more like fine coral dust. That said, Founders at least has a semblance of a real beach. There's enough water to wade out and not stumble on coral rocks, and there's very little seaweed. Snorkel by the mangroves to see some fish. It's the bay or gulf side of Islamorada so there is little to no seaweed odor that one can find on the Atlantic side. The park has a nice play area for little kids, and there's shower towers and restrooms. When staying locally in a motel, bring proof of that (confirmation notice on paper) and they will waive the beach fee, although there will be a small charge to use the pool. We headed for the beach, tried to set a sand screw to secure an umbrella -- no go. Too rocky. But there were enough palm trees nearby to provide shade so we were ok. If floating aimlessly is your thing, you're in luck. It's a nice cove so mega wave action is rare unless there is a westerly wind.
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