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Key West Florida Beaches

Jul 30, 2008
The beaches found in Key West are hardly Florida's finest. No one is likely to think the promised sand has been reached. The real beaches are at Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach and Daytona Beach. The nearest thing to a good beach is a good 45 minutes drive up the Keys to Bahia Honda State Park Beach.

The beaches are little, the sand is rough, there are many rocks, the slope is quite a gradual one, and the waves are missing in action. However, two of the beaches of Key West are adequate. You should be able to find satisfaction at either Smathers Beach or Fort Zachary Taylor Beach.

The most-famous Key West beach is Smathers Beach, which is the biggest and the most-popular. It is the beach with the most sand. Frequently you have seaweed on the sand. There is great snorkeling in the clear ocean. If you go in the water, there is a rough coral reef footing. Along with the sand and sea, you get parking, some picnic tables, restrooms, showers and concession stands. You can sit on a rented beach chair and relax. Water sports equipment is available for sailing or windsurfing. If you want another type of ride, jump in a boat or attempt parasailing.

It is a challenge to find Fort Zachary Taylor Beach. It is tucked away inside Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. The beach has a lovely natural appearance. There is not much sand, but there are plenty of rocks, coral and pine trees. Less natural, but very functional, items include rest rooms, showers, picnic tables, grills, and even a refreshment stand. You can rent kayaks or snorkeling equipment. There is a short nature trail. From this location you are able to see cruise ships entering and leaving the harbor.

Rest Beach is much smaller then Smathers Beach is and has far fewer amenities. Along with a patch of sand, you will find some picnic tables and one yoga deck. You have to go over to Higgs Beach to find restrooms. Rest Beach and Higgs Beach have the White Street Pier. This wooden pier provides good fishing and a base for snorkeling.

Like Rest Beach, Higgs Beach is smaller than Smathers Beach. Higgs Beach is on the other side of the street from the Astro Park children's park. Along with the restrooms and shower are a few picnic tables and limited concessions. Fine dining is available at the restaurant on the beach. Beach chairs and snorkeling equipment are offered in case you want to rent them.

Appropriately-named Dog Beach is rocky and messy and noteworthy because it does indeed allow dogs. For dog owners who love the beach, this is heaven by the ocean. For others, this is a beach to avoid.

There are two other public beaches. Since South Beach has no facilities, you will not see many people there who are not locals. With so little parking available, people walk to get to it. Simonton Street Beach is the smallest of them all. It is observed more than it is used.
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