Key West is home to some of the best beaches in the US. You have several spots to explore by boat and anchor to go swimming, like Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, Higgs Beach, and Pigeon Key.
As a popular boating destination, it should be no surprise that the marinas in the Keys have the friendliest dock hands and offer special amenities such as 24/7 security, laundry facilities, etc. If you want an authentic Key West experience, boat to the beaches here. Consider any one of these 8 beaches to make a great boat trip:
- Smathers Beach
- Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
- Higgs Beach
- Dog Beach
- Pigeon Key
- Rest Beach
- Southernmost Point Beach Area
- Simonton Street Beach
1. Smathers Beach
Smathers Beach is the largest beach in Key West and is a great spot for swimming, sunbathing, windsurfing, and kayaking. There are several restaurants and bars in the area and a few charming beach shops.
There’s also a large grassy area perfect for picnics, and the whole beach is surrounded by palm trees which provide plenty of shade. Anglers come out to fish around 2 PM for the best catches.
2. Fort Zachary Taylor State Park
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park is another great option for those looking for a good beach experience in Key West. There’s a beach perfect for swimming, sunbathing, fishing, and kayaking, as well as a more secluded beach that is great for relaxing and taking in the scenery.
3. Higgs Beach
Higgs Beach is located in front of the Waldorf Astoria’s Casa Marina Resort. It is a great place to try out windsurfing. Key beach features are a wide sandy beach, calm shallow waters, and a long wooden pier.
Also here is the Key West Aquarium, perfect if you’re looking for a place for your kids to enjoy. The aquarium has exhibits featuring different types of fish, turtles, and other marine life.
4. Dog Beach
Dog Beach is one of the best beaches in Key West if you’re looking for a place to bring your furry friend. There are plenty of shady spots to relax in, and there’s even a section of the beach where they can run off-leash. Haven’t gone boating with your dog before? Here are 6 Tips for your Dog Boat Day.
5. Pigeon Key
Pigeon Key is worth a visit if you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This tiny island holds a world of its own, including an interesting history you can learn all about while boating here. Keep your eyes peeled for the Old 7 Mile Bridge.
6. Rest Beach
Rest Beach, also known as CB Harvey Beach, is adjacent to Higgs Beach. It is a small, 300-yard strip of small sand dunes.
The east end of the beach has a boat ramp. There is also a yoga deck with nightly classes. Across the street is Charles “Sonny” McKoy Indigenous Park. There are more than 125 species of native tropical shrubs and trees and picnic tables.
7. Southernmost Point Beach Area
Southernmost point is surrounded by sandy beach. Here you will not just be at the end of Key West, you’ll be at the southernmost point of the continental US. This tourist site is ideal for family and friends to walk around and take great snapshots.
It has a few small shops, beach refreshments, and even a small cafe. Emma Carrero Cates Pier is located on the west side of the beach. It is a great place to fish, take in the sunset, or just enjoy the views of the water.
8. Simonton Street Beach
Simonton Beach is the only public beach in downtown Key West! It is steps away from Mallory Square, a colorful spot celebrating sea life, art, and pirates! The beach has a playground, showers, and restrooms. End your day watching the sunset alongside your dog and crewmates.
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