Key West Beaches
There are so many things to do and see in Key West, you’ll want to make sure you save plenty of time to appreciate the many beaches. Toss the sunscreen, sun hat and towel in a tote, and head for one of the beautiful Key West beaches. Here’s a map.
Smathers Beach on the Atlantic Ocean is a half-mile long, perfect for long walks or riding the bike paths. Play volleyball, float on an inner tube, find concession stands to enjoy snacks at the picnic tables. Beach-goers can rent chairs, go parasailing or kayaking, and more water sport rentals are available, too.
Fort Zachary Taylor is a favorite state park at the southern tip of Key West where a pre-Civil War fort is a National Historic Landmark. The palm tree adorned 87-acre park with nature trails and bicycling has a café, restrooms, and showers. The beach offers picnicking, swimming, snorkeling scuba diving, and fishing.
Check out Simonton Street Beach beside the Historic Seaport Boardwalk. There’s a photo opportunity at South Beach right at the end of Duval Street, the nation’s most southern point. Dog Beach, Broken Glass Beach, and Higgs Beach all face the Atlantic, too. Kids love Higgs Beach for its playground, picnic tables chair rentals, rafts and water sports rentals. Drop a fishing line off the long wooden pier here and at Rest Beach’s White Street Pier.
Snorkeling, swimming, sunbathing, scuba diving, sailing by sunset, skiing…you name it. And if the beach has a pier, fishing is usually allowed. We’ve got everything but lifeguards…and there are no topless or nude beaches, either. Which beaches do you think are the best beaches of Key West, Florida?