Smathers Beach – What to Know

Smathers Beach – Courtesy of CC


At slightly less than a mile in length, Smathers is Key West’s largest beach. For visitors anxious to enjoy the palm-lined, white sand beach, its a two mile (20-minute) bike ride away form the center of Old Town. When tourists envision spending the day at the beach, they flock to Smathers. Located on the southern side of Key West along the Atlantic Ocean, Smathers parallels A1A, has plenty of parking, and is easy to reach from anywhere on the island.

While you’ll find plenty of beachgoers at Smathers during the day, it never feels crowded. However, if you’re looking to avoid the masses who frequent the beach during the day, you’re in luck. Sunrise and sunset are superb times to appreciate the beauty of Smathers Beach while dodging the crowds. Just don’t forget your camera.

Smathers Beach at Sunrise – Courtesy of CC

From swimming and snorkeling, to jet skis and parasailing, Smathers offers something for everyone. Other amenities include restrooms & showers, sand volleyball courts, and kayak & other water-sport rentals. Feeling hungry? Just head street-side and hit up one of the food trucks offering seafood, burgers, shaved ice, drinks, and more. 150,000 annual visitors can’t be wrong.

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Next time: Catch that Key West Sunset: Part I


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