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Smathers Beach free

South Roosevelt Boulevard | Key West, FL 33040 | Official website
Smathers Beach Photo info
  • Type: Beaches, Recreation
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 3.5 (3.6)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 3.0 (3.0)
About these ratings

Key West isn't known for its beaches. However, the most bustling one on this island is Smathers Beach, which is particularly popular during spring break. Recent travelers warn against swimming here (head to Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park if you want to cool off in clearer waters) but visitors do suggest coming here to watch the sunset: They say the views are brilliant and the beach pretty much empties out come sunset.

You'll find Smathers Beach on the southern shore of the island, about a mile from central Key West. In addition to the spectacular sunsets, the beach also offers picnic areas, restroom facilities, volleyball courts, Jet Ski rentals and free parking. Entrance to the beach is free.

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