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Smathers Beach, Key West

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Beach · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • Like everyone else has said, this beach is not the best one in Florida. If you want beaches, I wouldn’t recommend key west. But this beach did provide for some pretty photos and a nice walk in the...  more »
  • Not the best beach I've been to but also not the worst. It sucks but Key West just does not have very good beaches. It was an average beach. A good stop if you are in Key West and really want to go...  more »
  • Sun. Sand Key west baby. !
  • One of the prettiest and most enjoyable stretches of beach in the continental USA. Even when it's very hot, there is often a breeze. Unlike the Pacific that can have massive waves in a high wind, the very shallow waters barely stir even in the wind. Miles of long sandy beach or paved roadside to walk. You can people watch or get further away to a more private patch of sand. I love the turquoise water and interesting sea creatures to be seen.
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