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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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  • The stench of rotting marine life is unbearable unless you're here at high tide. The clean up along the mangroves nearby is not complete so there is still a lot of debris rotting in the hot sun.  more »
  • only public beach we could find on key west. seems you had to have an access pass or something for it. wasnt too clear as the beach stands did not seem to be open. no one was on the beach. if the stan...  more »
  • in my view , this is the best beach in key west to enjoy with family , water is good with sea weeds in it , beach chairs can be rented , water level low ,  more »
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