Sandy beach
Yes
Hike-in Required
No
Surfing
No
Snorkeling / SCUBA
No
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Smathers Beach is a half-mile long white sandy beach along Key West's Atlantic coast. It is the island's premiere public ocean front, and it is easily accessible for a day of fun in the sun.

Plenty of free parking is along state highway A1A with a short walk of less than 100 yards to the ocean waters. The Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail runs along the A1A sidewalk and loops around the whole island. 

The beach is well maintained, clean, and has restrooms with showers closer to the southern end. For solitude, visit on a weekday and especially in the morning. A sunrise over the water is a colorful and memorable display to watch.

The water is shallow and clear with plenty of space for swimming and snorkelling. Volleyball nets can be found for a competitve game. Food and equipment vendors arrive when the beach is busier, and you will find everything needed to try watersports such as kayaking, paddleboarding, wind surfing, and small craft boating. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Well kept. Easy access. Palms for shade.

Cons

Peak times are crowded.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Features

Near lake or river
Family friendly
Flushing toilets
Showers
Picnic tables
Volleyball

Location

Field Guide

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