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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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Fairfield Inn and Suites Key West

Fairfield Inn and Suites Key West

2400 N Roosevelt Blvd, Key West
of 5, from 381 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

A 3-minute drive from Key West Airport and 10 minutes from Old Town, Fairfield Inn and Suites Key West offers easy access to attractions like Duval Street, Mallory Square, and the Hemingway Home and Museum. Getting from A to B is as simple as hopping on the Old Town Trolley in front of the hotel.

Sheraton Suites Key West

Sheraton Suites Key West

2001 S Roosevelt Blvd, Key West
of 5, from 1,032 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This casual resort is located three miles from the museums and boisterous streets of Old Town, and provides easy access to water sports at the popular Smathers Beach.

The Beach Bungalow

The Beach Bungalow

1815 Atlantic Boulevard, Key West
of 5, from 10 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the airport, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Key West Wildlife Center and Smathers Beach. Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Audubon House and Tropical Gardens are also within 3 mi (5 km).