Who Says Key West Doesn’t Have Good Beaches?

Smathers Beach - Image Courtesy of CC
Smathers Beach – Image Courtesy of CC

With the temps dropping and winter quickly approaching, Colorado feels about a million miles away from the Florida Keys. It’s not even December and we’ve already faced one early snowstorm that threatened us with 12 to 16 inches in one night. As I type this, it’s 80 degrees, breezy and humid down there, and 30 degrees, blustery and dry here in the Rockies. This has me already wishing I was back in Paradise, sunning in a lounger at one of Key West’s fantastic public beaches.

So it’s ironic that over the last few days, I’ve had two people mention Key West’s lack of beaches. Key West doesn’t have any beaches! one of my condo neighbors exclaimed as we made small talk in the elevator. And prior to that, while talking travel at a local pub, I had to endure the myth yet again. How come you guys like Key West so much? It’s not like they have any good beaches!  And these two people have both been to Key West.

Clear Blue Water at Fort Zach Beach - Image Courtesy of CC
Clear Blue Water at Fort Zach Beach – Image Courtesy of CC

Wondering why travelers continue to underrate the Key West’s beaches, I did a quick online search and was surprised by what I read. On one site, a national travel blogger claimed that people who came to Key West for its beach scene had obviously never been there before. And another article in which the author suggested that if you came to Key West looking for beautiful, sandy beaches, you were going to be disappointed.

Key West has at least four wonderful beaches, and if you don’t mind a 45 minute drive up the Keys, Bahia Honda State Park is must-see.

Scanning through the search results, I came across some interesting perspectives on the many beaches that the tiny isle of Key West has to offer. Having spent a lot of time at the beach in Key West, I’m hoping I can help dispel some of the misinformation and offer vacation travelers a better perspective on the lower Keys beach scene.

I’ll give you the lowdown on the beaches to add to your itinerary, including Higgs, Smathers, South, Fort Zach, & Bahia Honda. Hopefully, your next Key West vacation will be more enjoyable now that you know what to expect.

Looking for a place to call home during your next Key West vacation? Check out our licensed vacation rental in Old Town Key West at oldtowntruman.com.

Next time: Higgs Beach – What to Know

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