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“Curry Hammock - hidden gem”

Curry Hammock State Park
Ranked #15 of 48 things to do in Marathon
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

Average but not always - very close to many activities - dining, fishing, boating - plan on renting or bringing water transportation - canoe, kayak inflatable, something human-powered you can launch from shore - the rental kayaks at the park are great for a day or a few hours but to spend a day at the sand bar 1/4 mile offshore bring or rent your own.The sandbar and the mangroves are beautiful and not to be missed The beach and grassy area are great for family picnics and the water is beautiful but the bottom at low tide is 6 inches of mud and very hot much of the year . Its still tolerable but bring WATER SHOES get away from the shore and enjoy the water . Your experience here depends on your preparation it can be well above or below average . We spent 2 weeks camping there this year and are looking forward to going back.

2  Thank Don N
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Reviewed 29 July 2014

Check the tides to make sure you DON'T go on the kayaking trail near low tide. The park ranger didn't warn us that we were venturing out near low tide, and the trail was nearly impassible going under the bridge. We were this close to getting stuck in the muck.

Low tide aside, the trail through the mangroves is awesome. There are hundreds of mangrove tree crabs to be seen. Kayaking prices are also very good for two hours.

Thank Feisty_Coral
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Reviewed 28 July 2014

Very clean park, essential that you do the kayaking to get the full experience. In itself this is great fun, a bit of an adventure and informative for the kids. With 3 of us, we hired a double kayak and a single, and paddled out to the sand bar which is frequented by boats looking to party, play bridge on floating tables and drink beer! The paddle around the island through the mangroves is also interesting. There is also a lovely little beach without any sea grass!! And there relatively few people there as well. Overall a great Keys experience.

2  Thank Fly_Tyer_99
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Reviewed 19 July 2014 via mobile

We loved it! The camp ground is clean and quiet. It is not a place to party all night. There are lots of trees and native plants. The iguanas are everywhere but friendly. The beach has a couple of spots to swim but mostly covered in gas that has washed up. There is a grass flat out in the water so anything other than kayaks or canoes will have to come into the lagoon over on the recreation area in the channel. We definitely recommend this camp ground.

Thank gatorgirl0
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Reviewed 15 July 2014

We spent the morning here today, and it was the perfect family-friendly kayak adventure with our tween/teen crew. We read on other reviews to go at a higher tide in order to be able to pass through the mangrove creek tunnel, which was well worth our pre-planning! This is a stunning experience. The water is dark but clear to the bottom where you will see fish, sea shells and more. The canopy completely covers you, so even in the heat of July, it felt cool. We saw black crabs climbing on the trees, too. In taking the "short loop" the ranger recommended with our kids, we saw a set of manatees, many horseshoe crabs, a sea turtle, a small shark, a variety of birds, other fish and porpoise, coral, and ocean life on a relaxing loop around the small island. The key to success in this park is to observe carefully both above and below the water and to minimize your impact by not splashing or being too terribly loud.

That being said, we were a caravan of three double kayaks, and we were still able to have a great experience and see a lot of wildlife. The beach here is enough to make kids happy for a post-kayak swim, and there are several picnic pavilions to provide some shade. We also were able to photograph birds and very large iguanas once back on land. The ranger was very helpful providing all the gear and guidance we needed. There is more to do here with a low tide trip to the sandbar or a longer kayak excursion around another island available. Beautiful park with a lot to offer nature lovers from the serious/expert to amateur. Just keep your eyes open, so you don't miss anything! This isn't a zoo: it's a truly natural experience with a lot to offer and very affordable kayak rental fee.

Thank LetsEatYall
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