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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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Southernmost Beach Resort £192
Southernmost Beach Resort

Southernmost Beach Resort

1319 Duval Street, Key West
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 3,320 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.

    Sheraton Suites Key West £121
    Sheraton Suites Key West

    Sheraton Suites Key West

    2001 S Roosevelt Blvd, Key West
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 2,085 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).

      Best Western Key Ambassador Resort Inn £138
      Best Western Key Ambassador Resort Inn

      Best Western Key Ambassador Resort Inn

      3755 S Roosevelt Blvd, Key West
         
        4.0
        of 5, from 1,689 reviews
        2.5 out of 5.0

        Situated on the waterfront, this resort is within a 10-minute walk of Fort East Martello Museum and Gallery and Key West Art and Historical Society. Smathers Beach is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

        Steps To The Beach And The Sunrise
        Steps To The Beach And The Sunrise

        Steps To The Beach And The Sunrise

        , Key West
           
          4.0
          of 5, from 14 reviews
          0.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Key West, this property is close to Smathers Beach, Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Key West Art and Historical Society. Also nearby are Southernmost Point and Higgs Beach.

          Direct Ocean View From Your Condo
          Direct Ocean View From Your Condo

          Direct Ocean View From Your Condo

          , Key West
             
            4.6
            of 5, from 22 reviews
            0.0 out of 5.0

            Situated on the waterfront, this property is close to Smathers Beach, Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Key West Art and Historical Society. Also nearby are Southernmost Point and Higgs Beach.

            24 North Hotel Key West £121
            24 North Hotel Key West

            24 North Hotel Key West

            3820 North Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West
               
              4.1
              of 5, from 1,165 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Key West Harbour, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum and Mallory Square. Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory and Southernmost Point are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Ibis Bay Beach Resort £120
              Ibis Bay Beach Resort

              Ibis Bay Beach Resort

              3101 N. Roosevelt Blvd, Key West
                 
                3.7
                of 5, from 1,665 reviews
                2.5 out of 5.0

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

                Take Advantage of Last Minute Specials Top Floor Ocean Views From Every Window
                Take Advantage of Last Minute Specials Top Floor Ocean Views From Every Window

                Take Advantage of Last Minute Specials Top Floor Ocean Views From Every Window

                , Key West
                   
                  4.4
                  of 5, from 28 reviews
                  0.0 out of 5.0

                  This beachfront condo is located in Key West, close to Smathers Beach, Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Key West Art and Historical Society. Also nearby are Southernmost Point and Higgs Beach.