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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 beach and the sea looks good but if one goes it is disgusting to the Füßen.Die first meters in the water getting used already felt. Further it was slippery then marshy and versinkten feet in the mud (you can not call it sand). The water stinks to still disgusting. We are going quickly somewhere else. There are toilets and a rental. There was even a capsized bigger boat on the beach (Irma says Hello). Parking directly at the beach are free of charge. No Wi-Fi and a bar.
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  • Free beach very nice, long but not deep. Very hot a bit at all hours of the day.
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  • Although it's a little out of the way, Smathers Beach is the best beach on Key West. The sand was brought to make it nice. There's plenty of free parking. You don't need water shoes to swim since the ...  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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