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Smathers Beach

Key West’s popular party beach has an electric atmosphere on the weekends and is a destination for water sports lovers.

On an island filled with private beaches, this popular stretch of public shoreline is among the most majestic. Featuring over a half-mile (0.8 kilometer) of white, palm-lined sand, Smathers Beach is a destination for water sports lovers and those seeking quiet time in the sun. Spend a day snorkeling, kayaking or playing beach volleyball as you make friends on the beach known for its social atmosphere.

Smathers Beach is a quiet stretch of coast in the morning. Enjoy a stroll along the sand as the sun rises, a tranquil experience that couples will love. By midmorning cars will have begun to arrive and the beach will have a lively atmosphere. Rent a volleyball and play on one of the three permanent courts spread along the beach. If you’re on your own you’ll have no trouble finding people to join you.

The trucks that line the beach can rent you everything from kayaks to snorkeling gear, making Smathers Beach a great place for those wanting to attempt new water sports. Try paragliding above the water or dive below the surface to discover the fish that call the offshore waters home. Rent a kayak to explore farther afield. In just a short time you can reach a number of other beaches or spot landmarks along the Atlantic Ocean shore.

Return to Smathers Beach to satisfy the hunger you’ve worked up. Food vendors sell fresh seafood, burgers and drinks from trucks and stands along the beach.

Smathers Beach is located approximately 1.5 mile (2.4 kilometers) from Mallory Square and can be reached on foot or by bicycle in less than 15 minutes. Its ample, free parking makes it one of the most convenient beaches in Key West. Pack the car full of food and drinks and enjoy a picnic on one of the many picnic tables.


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Ibis Bay Beach Resort £107
Ibis Bay Beach Resort

Ibis Bay Beach Resort

3101 N. Roosevelt Blvd, Key West
     
    3.8
    of 5, from 1,701 reviews
    2.5 out of 5.0

    Nestled on the beach, this Key West hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Higgs Beach, Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Audubon House and Tropical Gardens. Smathers Beach and Key West Art and Historical Society are also within 3 miles (5 km).

    Sheraton Suites Key West £133
    Sheraton Suites Key West

    Sheraton Suites Key West

    2001 S Roosevelt Blvd, Key West
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 2,093 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Situated near the airport, this romantic resort is within 1 mile (2 km) of Higgs Beach, Smathers Beach and Key West Art and Historical Society. Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Audubon House and Tropical Gardens are also within 3 miles (5 km).

      The Gates Hotel Key West £114
      The Gates Hotel Key West

      The Gates Hotel Key West

      3824 N Roosevelt Blvd, Key West
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 1,253 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located in the heart of Key West, this hotel is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Key West Harbour, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory and Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum. Southernmost Point and Mallory Square are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Best Western Key Ambassador Resort Inn £121
        Best Western Key Ambassador Resort Inn

        Best Western Key Ambassador Resort Inn

        3755 S Roosevelt Blvd, Key West
           
          4.0
          of 5, from 1,733 reviews
          2.5 out of 5.0

          Situated on the waterfront, this resort is within a 15-minute walk of Fort East Martello Museum and Gallery and Key West Art and Historical Society. Smathers Beach is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away.

          Southernmost Beach Resort £165
          Southernmost Beach Resort

          Southernmost Beach Resort

          1319 Duval Street, Key West
             
            4.5
            of 5, from 3,462 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Key West, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of South Beach, Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park and Southernmost Point.

            DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key - Key West £121
            DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key - Key West

            DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key - Key West

            3990 S Roosevelt Blvd, Key West
               
              4.2
              of 5, from 2,054 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Situated near the airport, this resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fort East Martello Museum and Gallery and Key West Art and Historical Society. Smathers Beach is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

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              Steps To The Beach And The Sunrise

              Steps To The Beach And The Sunrise

              , Key West
                 
                4.1
                of 5, from 16 reviews
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                Situated in Key West, this historic condo is within 1 mile (2 km) of Higgs Beach and Smathers Beach. Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Audubon House and Tropical Gardens are also within 3 miles (5 km).

                Heron House - Adult Only £105
                Heron House - Adult Only

                Heron House - Adult Only

                512 Simonton St, Key West
                   
                  4.3
                  of 5, from 1,639 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Located in Key West Historic District, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Duval Street, Audubon House and Tropical Gardens and Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Mallory Square and Southernmost Point are also within 1 mile (2 km).