Beaches in Key West are unique and usually small compared to many of the beaches of Florida, but the island is small so the beaches fit well. If you like natural beaches then you will love the beaches in Key West. The easiest beaches to get to our on the Atlantic side of the island. There are others on the south end and Gulf side as well that can be fun.. If you love to snorkle and are looking for a very natural environment head north to Bahia Honda State Park around mile marker 37. A day trip to the Dry Tortugas is also a blast if you love to snorkle or dive. Snorkling around the old fort is a worthwhile experience. If you prefer to stay in Key West descriptions of the best beaches in Key West are below.
Smathers Beach - This half mile, man made beach, has everything that you expect at a tourist beach including bathrooms, tables, chair rentals, and everything else like parasailing and jetskiing. Smathers is easy to find on the Atlantic side of the island on South Roosevelt Blvd.
Higgs Beach - Higgs is a little bit more laid back than Smathers, but it still has all the things you need like bathrooms and and rentals. It even have a restaurant. Higgs is also on the Atlantic side in the middle of several other similar beaches. It is between Reynolds and White streets.
Fort Zachary Taylor Park & Beach - Zachary Taylor is located in a 90 acrepark near an old fort. This is a beautiful beach, but there is an admission fee. You can get to the beach on Southard Street at the Truman Annex.
Beaches in Key West - There are no legal nude beaches in
Key West, but there are a few places that have clothing optional pool
areas. One of those is at the Atlantic Shores hotel pool area that overlooks
the Atlantic Ocean.
If you want to visit the perfect beach the way God intented it to be you must make the drive to Bahia Honda State Park. This state park is less than an hour north of Key West and has been rated as one of the best beaches in Florida.