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Smathers Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

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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.

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 by Marriott Key West
Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Key West
3 out of 5
2400 N Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL
The price is $269 per night from Jun 30 to Jun 30
Located in New Town, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Higgs Beach, Duval Street, and South Beach. Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory and Ernest Hemingway ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,020 reviews)
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Barbary Beach House Key West
Barbary Beach House Key West
4 out of 5
2001 South Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, FL
The price is $329 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 11
Situated by the ocean, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Higgs Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Duval Street and South Beach. Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (553 reviews)
"Excellent hotel with friendly staff and great pool area. We loved our room, which was like a mini-suite with a separate living room area & large king sized bed. Rooms are well-decorated with a beachy theme and very stylish but comfortable furniture. It was so nice having a living room that we could ..."

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The Gates Hotel Key West
The Gates Hotel Key West
4 out of 5
3824 N Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL
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The price is $288 per night from Jun 29 to Jun 29
Located in the heart of Key West, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Key West Harbour and within 6 mi (10 km) of Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,062 reviews)
"Everything was awesome the only inconvenience was that Lobby es closed and we had to check in at the hotel next door. But other then that everything was great. Thank you we will return!!!"

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