We kicked off our shoes and took a stroll around the Curry Hammock beach at the end of the day.
We knew we were on the “wrong” side for the spectacular sunsets that the Keys are famous for, but we wanted to see what sunset we could. The beach was empty and very peaceful. One of the things that surprised me the first time we came to the Keys was the absence of waves on the beach; it reminds me more of a lake in that respect.
We had heard that some people reviewed Curry Hammock State Park and said the beach was “dirty”. I’d like to dispel that notion… the beach is NOT dirty. It IS lined with seaweed that washes up, a very natural occurrence on beaches; and also important to the marine life, though there is much more here than in most places. I found this information posted in the park:
“The sea grass that washes ashore starts to rot in the sun. With the help of bacteria, it breaks down into detritus, the “organic soup of life”. There are micro-organisms that are the base of a complex food web that eat the detritus and bacteria. It is the bacteria that sometimes gives off the smell some folks call “low tide stank”.
So it’s not something we want to go away, or be “cleaned up” as I’ve seen suggested. It belongs there! And honestly, the smell is not very bad at all and it’s only at low tide, which looks like this:
Some people are squeamish about stepping on the seaweed to get to the water, and it can feel odd. The sea floor has a LOT of vegetation and is somewhat soft, but not unpleasantly so. If it’s bothersome, the solution, of course, is a pair of inexpensive water shoes. (affiliate link)
So… a lot of this:
…makes a home and feeding ground for LOTS of these:
But don’t gather them to take them home, all those little conch and mitra shells are home to hermit crabs!
Along the way we encountered this interesting looking object that appears to have been in the water for some time:
We later discovered it’s part of a lobster trap. Seafood, of course, is a huge industry in the Keys and the traps are everywhere, even piled along the roads:
We finally reached the end of the beach just as the sun was setting. Here’s the southwestern view:
Even when we turned around to head back, we got another pretty view to the northeast:
I’d say the sunsets are fantastic no matter where you are in the Florida Keys!
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