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About the Beaches of Key West.

About the Beaches
of Key West.

Regarding Beaches of Key West, the first thing that comes to mind is ...Are there beaches in Key West? Yes, we have beaches here! Not so many but just a few.

As you probably know that being the Florida Keys a coral archipelago the beaches are scarce and mostly what we have are rocky shores, and the action here is mostly concentrated around marine activities like diving into the coral reefs, exploring the ship wrecks, sunset sailing cruises, kayaking along the shores, and sport fishing.


Tourists sun bathing in South Beach Key West.

The southernmost city in the continental U.S is not so notorious for the beaches like other cities of South Florida are, but it's very rewarded for the culture and the festive ambiance prevalent. There is always a party going on here, or some kind of event or celebration.

You come here to have a good time for sure! Probably during Spring Break, Fantasy Fest, or just simply to visit this exotic Caribbean American artistic and colorful town, because Key West is unique!

But what about the Key West beaches?

There are a few here and there. Four that I recommend because they have good quality, and even when they are not on the top 10 list of worlds super beaches they deserve some attention.

But keep in mind that these are not the beaches of the South, Center Florida or the Gulf Coast with the white sand out or under the water, so it's a good idea to bring a pair of water shoes if you plant to get in the water.

So here are these four best Beaches in Key West.

Smather Beach in Key WEst.

Sand and sun at Smathers Beach.

Smathers Beach.

It's a beach on the south of the town not far from the airport with plenty of white sand (I heard that the sand came from somewhere else which it makes sense since Key West is a big coral rock formation)

There is a party type of atmosphere going on at this beach; alternative life style people gatherings, families parties, singles or couples, foreign and national tourists, the young and old and water sport enthusiasts.

Aquatic sports at Smathers.

It's a free entrance beach, with metered parking along the well-known Roosevelt Blvd. The beach has volleyball courts, bathrooms, showers, and picnic tables, and beach paraphernalia rentals.


Fort Zachary Taylor's Beach.

A family oriented beach.

Fort Zachary Taylor is another important historic landmark in Key West. The fort's construction was started in 1845 and finish in 1866.

Fort Zach or Fort Taylor (locally known) was used by the U.S military throughout the Spanish-American War and discarded by the army to become a museum and historic landmark after 1947.

And if you believe in ghosts and hauntings Fort Taylor shares the reputation of being one of the towns haunted sites!...Heard voices in the dark room?

Fort Zachary Taylor is another important historic landmark in Key West. The fort's construction was started in 1845 and finish in 1866.

Fort Zach or Fort Taylor (locally known) was used by the U.S military throughout the Spanish-American War and discarded by the army to become a museum and historic landmark after 1947.

And if you believe in ghosts and hauntings Fort Taylor shares the reputation of being one of the towns haunted sites!...Heard voices in the dark room?

On the area behind the fort you'll find the beach which is a nice beach to sunbathe, picnicking, bike riding, and nature watching, we'll find families with their children, and on the nearby rocky side of the beach is an area for fishing right by the fishing channel.

The picnic area at the Zachary Taylor's Beach.


South Beach.

 In Key West it's the southernmost beach.

It’s a small beach right behind the Southernmost Cafe and Bar, famous for its location I guess, being here is special and if you can swim 90 miles you could reach the Cuba's territory.

South Beach in Keys West.

You'll find South Beach at the south end of Duval Street.

South Beach most of the times is quite, but if you go during Spring Break or the Fantasy Fest you will find some party and partial nudity going on.


Clarence S. Higgs Beach (commonly known as Higgs Beach)

Practicing yoga at Higgs Beach in Key West.

Yoga on the beach at Higgs.

You'll probably find a party or two, people just hanging out and socializing at the beach, reading, sunbathing, yoga groups in practice, people walking their dogs, or with metal detectors combing the sand for a lost treasure.

Sun bathing  on the sands of Higgs Beach in Key West.

A great beach for sun bathing.

Beach Information Center:

Monroe County's Beach and Recreation. 305 295 4385.

Beach Information Center:

Monroe County's Beach and Recreation. 305 295 4385.

To conclude this chapter about the Beaches of Key West, Florida.

Make the beaches in Key West part of the vacation package-other points that you might want to visit while visiting this town, Key West is an action packed territory out of the ordinary and a great tourist destination, but just don't expect to find the the long sandy beaches of the other part of Florida, just that the atmosphere around could be interesting and something new to experience!






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