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“For the Keys, this is as good as it gets”
Review of Founders Park

Founders Park
Ranked #9 of 59 things to do in Islamorada
Certificate of Excellence
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Setauket, New York
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90 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“For the Keys, this is as good as it gets”
Reviewed 22 August 2014

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.

Visited August 2014
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“Loved this place!”
Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

Public, clean, nice water and large area to explore! Lots of shade and nice playground. Clean facilities and outdoor showers, covered picnic tables. We visited this beach on a Tuesday so there were only about 7 families there. It's probably busy on the weekends though. The fee was about $30 for 2 adults and 3 children. There was a large pool near which was an extra charge of $3/adult and $2/kid but we enjoyed the beach so much we didn't visit the pool.

1 Thank Heftfive
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Beach and pool”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

Founder's Park is a fun stop for the family, young and old. There is a beach area (keep in mind Florida Key beaches are not huge), clean restrooms, and a playground. Water was clear and free of a lot of rocks and seaweed. There is also an additional charge to use the park pool. The pool was a lot of fun for the kids, as there was a high dive and regular dive. There also were lap lanes, a regular swimming area, and splash pad area for the younger kids. Changing rooms are available. We had a nice time here. There is a charge to enter the park.

Visited July 2014
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Fun, but hoping for more of what we were looking for”
Reviewed 29 July 2014 via mobile

We came here in hopes for some nice snorkeling, after reading lrher's reviews. Not much to see, we snorkels the entire south side of the jetty, and that made it ok. The park entry fee is per person, which was kinda costly for a state park, where most are per car in my experience. The gate person was informative, but didn't really make a difference.

1 Thank Steve G
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105 reviews
34 attraction reviews
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“Loved it!”
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Very nice, fun pool and beach. I like this pool better than Jacob's Aquatic Center in Key Largo. They were polite and friendly. Nice grassy areas by the pool for picnics. Beach, tennis courts all very nice. Marina with gorgeous boats. A bit expensive with an extra cost to use pool, but hey this is the Keys, right? No snack bar so bring your own food. Call ahead to see if high dives will be used for coaching of private athletes. This happened when we were there and my kids were a bit disappointed because the whole reason we went there was for the high dives.

Visited July 2014
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