Key West Beaches
Unlike the beaches in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, the “Keys” beaches are smaller and much less crowded. They have less sand, and many of the beaches are surrounded by mangroves. Some are scattered with occasional rocks, but easily negotiated while strolling along. In fact, the only similarity to the northern beaches is the climate!
Swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling are ideal at most beaches in Key West. Lifeguards are not present at beaches, so swimming is at your own risk. Topless and nude bathing are illegal. Fishing is allowed off the piers at most beaches. Check fishing license requirements.
FORT ZACHARY TAYLOR
An 87 acre state park with a pre-Civil War Fort. Wonderful sunset views. One of the best beaches in Key West, though a bit rocky. Public restrooms, food/drink kiosk, chair rentals, picnic tables and BBQ’s. Admission charged. Entrance through Truman Annex at Southard Street.
A favorite of locals. Nice sandy beach with shallow waters and a concrete pier. No restrooms or facilities. Located at the end of Duval Street on the Atlantic Ocean.
A canine favorite though rocky and slippery. No restrooms or facilities. Located next to Louie’s Backyard (Vernon and Waddell).
Wide sandy beach with long wooden pier. Restroom facilities, covered picnic tables, full service restaurant, playground, chair rentals, rafts and watersports rentals. End of Reynold’s Street.
Soft sand and natural vegetation. Home of the White Street Pier where you can enjoy some great fishing. Wheelchair accessible. Yoga deck with nightly classes. Restrooms within walking distance. Picnic tables. White Street on Atlantic Ocean.
Half mile stretch of sandy man-made beach. Restrooms, ample parking, concession stands, chair rentals, bike paths, picnic tables, volleyball nets, watersports rentals – jet skiiing, parasailing, and windsurfing. South Roosevelt Boulevard. ////]]>