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Smathers Beach, 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. Use our Key West trip planner to arrange your visit to Smathers Beach and other attractions in Key West.
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  • October 2, 2017
    Got married on this beach because I wanted a beach with palm trees for our wedding. It is very beautiful with wonderful water color . Absolutely picture perfect. Can't wait to go back !  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    The first time my wife and I were on the island, we took home the image of this beach from the window of the car that we were, we know it only in passing and we get a taste of "I want to come back here." However in March this year, we're with our daughters but the wind was too much, discouraging, but the water was delicious and the place is very nice.
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  • September 14, 2017
    I would consider myself to be a beach connoisseur and this was not the one for me. It was dirty and crowded and yuck. Dipped my toes in the water and left. Sorry.  more »

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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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