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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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Sheraton Suites Key West

Sheraton Suites Key West

2001 S Roosevelt Blvd, Key West
4.3
of 5, from 2,692 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this romantic resort is within 1 mile (2 km) of Fort East Martello Museum and Gallery, 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).

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Ibis Bay Beach Resort

Ibis Bay Beach Resort

3101 N. Roosevelt Blvd, Key West
3.7
of 5, from 1,688 reviews
3.0 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. Key West Art and Historical Society and Mallory Square are also within 3 miles (5 km).

Enjoy Gentle Ocean Breezes and Gorgeous Views at Sea Orchid

Enjoy Gentle Ocean Breezes and Gorgeous Views at Sea Orchid

1901 S Roosevelt Blvd #405E, Key West
4.7
of 5, from 10 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Key West, this condo is within 1 mi (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).

Steps To The Beach And The Sunrise

Steps To The Beach And The Sunrise

1901 S Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL, Key West
4.0
of 5, from 11 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Key West, this property is within 1 mi (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).

205e La Brisa - 2 Bedroom Oceanfront Condo With a Shared Pool

205e La Brisa - 2 Bedroom Oceanfront Condo With a Shared Pool

1901 S. Roosevelt Blvd. # 205E, Key West
4.0
of 5, from 3 reviews
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Situated in Key West, this condo is within 1 mi (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).

The Beach Bungalow

The Beach Bungalow

1815 Atlantic Boulevard, Key West
4.0
of 5, from 60 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (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).

Direct Ocean View From Your Condo

Direct Ocean View From Your Condo

1901 South Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West
4.5
of 5, from 20 reviews
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Situated on the waterfront, this condo is within 1 mi (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).

Top Floor Ocean Views From Every Window Olympic Size Pool-jacuzzi- Sauna-tennis

Top Floor Ocean Views From Every Window Olympic Size Pool-jacuzzi- Sauna-tennis

1800 Atlantic Boulevard, Key West
4.5
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Situated on the beach, this condo is within 1 mi (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).