Smathers Beach -- On the south side of Key West this is one of the longest beaches in Key West and offers spectacular views of the
sunrise to early risers. Water sports rentals, picnic areas, restrooms, volleyball net. Burgers, snow cones, soft drinks and other
refreshments are offered from snack trucks. A wide, flat concrete promenade/bicycle/skate path begins at the foot of the beach at the
corner of Bertha and South Roosevelt and continues for the entire length of Smathers Beach and beyond. No dogs allowed. Free.
South Beach -- On the ocean at the end of Duval Street. Small beach with picnic tables. A concrete pier extending fifty feet beyond the
last block of Duval Street provides a good sunning and people-watching area, as well as entry via a ladder into water deep enough
for a swim.
Fort Jefferson and Dry Tortugas State Park -- This national park is located on an island about 70miles west of Key West and is only
accessible by boat. There are a few ferry services that have scheduled trips to the Park. Dry Tortugas National Park and Fort
Jefferson have a fascinating history and beautiful beaches for divers and snorkelers.
Historic Fort Jefferson is located on Garden Key which is the largest island in the group of 7 islands. Fort Jefferson construction
began in 1846 but was never finished yet it covers 11 of the key's 16 acres. The army abandoned Fort Jefferson in 1874. In 1908 the
area became a wildlife refuge to protect nesting birds from egg collectors. In 1935 the area was proclaimed a National Monument
and in 1992 was designated a National Park.
Clarence S. Higgs Memorial Beach -- Also know as County Beach, this
strip of beach is one-half mile west of Smathers Beach on Atlantic Blvd,
near the south end of White Street. Swimming, wooden pier, free
tennis courts across the street. Free.
Fort Zachary Taylor State Historic Site -- (305) 292-6713, at the end of Southard Street. Built from 1845-66, the fort helped to defend
Florida's coastline. Guided tours of the armaments, fishing, picnicking, swimming. Locals call this the best beach in Key West.
Big Pine and Lower Keys
Bahia Honda State Park -- (305) 872-2353, MM 37 Oceanside. Cited as one
of the nation's top 10 beaches. Deep waters close to shore offer outstanding
swimming and snorkeling. Camping and cabins, fishing, nature trails. The
park is on 524 acres including one small island offshore on the southwest
Key West's only
dog park is across
the street from
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end of the park. Many plants and animals in the
park are rare and unusual, including marine plant
and animal species of Caribbean origin. Trees in
the park include the yellow satinwood, gumbo
limbo and silver palm. There is a nature trail that
follows the shore of a tidal lagoon at the far end of
Sandspur Beach. Concession service, marina,
snack bar, gift shop, snorkeling tours, kayak
rentals. Admission charged.