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Smathers Beach, Key West

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#2 of 6 in Beaches in Key West
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Smathers Beach features 800 m (0.5 mi) of coconut palm-lined, white-sand seashore with picnic spots and beach vendors. Famous for its tropical scenery, the beach is a popular, exceptionally photogenic wedding-portrait spot. You can rent kayaks or participate in water sports at the site, or go snorkeling to see an abundance of tropical marine life. The shallow waters make it a good family destination, although it often gets crowded during school breaks. Located only 166 km (110 mi) from Havana, this beach was the starting point of 64-year-old Diana Nyad's free swim to Cuba in 2013. Make Smathers Beach a part of your Key West vacation plans using our Key West tourist route planner.
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  • Surprisingly clean and not over crowded public beach. Plenty of options for equipment rentals for average prices. Sat out on the beach every morning for coffee and felt like the only ones on the beach...  more »
  • Out of all the Key West beaches, Smathers is definitely the best one as defined by size, white sand, cleanliness and rest room facilities.  more »
  • We went with the idea of finding a Caribbean Beach, but we found one with many algae at the bottom and many also on the beach, hence a strong smell to rotten. Okay for sunbathing and a little wet. The public baths that have close at 16 Hs at the time that there are more people.
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Where to stay in Key West

To explore the best of what Key West has to offer on foot, stay near Old Town, a picturesque neighborhood famous for its streets lined with tropical trees and gardens. Most hotels in this area feature rooftop decks, where you can meet friends for cocktails and enjoy ocean views at sunset. If you don't mind driving to where most of the action is, consider staying at a budget-priced inn or bed and breakfast on the eastern end of the island.
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