Key West is a tiny island – just 2 miles wide by 4 miles long. Some of Key West's beaches are among Florida?s BEST beaches. Where else can you can swim in the Gulf of Mexico in the morning and take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean in the afternoon? You won?t find that anywhere else in the world!
Choose to relax at Smathers Beach on the south side of the island or take a visit to Fort Zachary Taylor on the west side of the island. You?re sure to find a spot in the sun where you can soak up the Key West sunshine and let your worries disappear. If public beaches aren't your style, some of Key West?s hotels and motels offer private beaches. You'll find more information about resort properties on our Where To Stay in Key West page.
Spring Break in Key West will find the college spring breakers windsurfing, parasailing, snorkeling or just playing a pick-up game of sand volleyball. Regardless of where you choose to spread out your beach towel, you're sure to find the "Sunshine State" more than just our state's nickname. From sunrise to sunset, Key West beaches are the place to be. Unfortunately, we can only offer you one sunset per day, so don't miss it!
Key West's year-round warm temperatures and tropical settings also make for a perfect beach wedding. For help creating your dream wedding on the beach, check out our Key West Weddings resources or Event Services.
36850 US Highway 1
Big Pine Key, FL 33043
This park encompasses more than 500 acres of pristine Florida land and has been named among Stephen P. Leatherman's (also known as Dr. Beach) top beaches in recent years. As a biologist and beach expert, Bahia Honda makes Leatherman's list for many reasons.
Concession services provide a gift shop, snack bar, kayak rentals and daily snorkeling tours to world famous Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary – truly some of the Florida Keys best snorkeling!
It has several white sandy beaches for you to enjoy. Three beaches include:
CALUSA... the smallest beach, LOGGERHEAD... the shallowest beach, known for the large sandbar just a few feet offshore, SANDSPUR... the largest beach.
The park has deep waters close to shore that provide exceptional swimming and snorkeling without a lot of waves. The crystal-clear water and coconut palms make this a true island escape. Once you've had enough time on the beach, you can fish, stay in Bahia Honda's campground, bird watch, walk the nature trails or just take a nap.
70 miles from the Southernmost Point in the USA
Located almost 70 miles west of Key West, you'll find Fort Jefferson on Garden Key. Considered the United States' most inaccessible National Park, visiting Fort Jefferson and The Dry Tortugas is the ultimate experience of a lifetime.
You can reach this remote destination by ferry, private boat or by seaplane. Same-day trips and overnight camping are available. Space is always limited in this remote destination so advance reservations are typically recommended.
This marina sanctuary offers incredible fishing, snorkeling, camping and one of the prettiest beaches in the country and is surrounded by crystal-blue, pristine waters.
300 Truman Annex
Key West, FL 33040
?Fort Zach? is a Florida State Park and National Historic Landmark centered on a Civil War-era fort located near the southern tip of Key West, Florida. Throughout the year, there are many events and festivals taking place on this historic site, including the Pirate Invasion where you?ll see re-enactments and a fun-filled festive atmosphere for the whole family. Fort Zachary has also hosted an amazing display of giant art sculptures; an event of 'epic' proportions!
Check out our Key West Calendar for specific details about events at Fort Zach.
Fort Zachary Taylor offers beach equipment & watersport rentals including floats, chairs, and snorkel gear. Check with their visitor center for details and fees. Concessions are also available.
South Roosevelt Blvd.
Key West, Florida
The half mile public beach in Key West, Florida, known as Smathers Beach is about ? mile long. It?s on the south side of the island and offers public restrooms, vendors on the street and the beach, and restaurants at both ends. You?ll find plenty of sunshine, activities, and simple relaxation here. Activities included sand volleyball, parasailing, jet ski rentals, paddle boards, wind surfing and more.
Key West has the privilege to boast about Diana Nyad – the first person to ever swim from Havana, Cuba to Florida without a shark cage on September 2, 2013. She reached Key West – specifically Smathers Beach – after swimming 110 miles.
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