Smathers Beach

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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.

Top Hotels Close to Smathers Beach

Margaritaville Beach House Key West
Margaritaville Beach House Key West
4 out of 5
2001 South Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, FL, 33040
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $299 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Key West. Enjoy breakfast, room service, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,239 reviews)
"Customer service is outstanding! They text me prior my arrival, double check if we need the transfer! Thank you, Carlos and Crissie"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2022

Margaritaville Beach House Key West
Key West Beachfront Luxury 2/2 Condo A212
Key West Beachfront Luxury 2/2 Condo A212
Key West, FL
The price is $375 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 3
Stay at this beach condo in Key West. Enjoy a beach locale, WiFi, and a spa tub. Our guests praise the pool and the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
5/5 Exceptional! (71 reviews)
Well Maintained
"Well maintained property!"

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2022

Key West Beachfront Luxury 2/2 Condo A212
**NATURES EDGE @ THE BEACH** Ocean Condo / Pool & Tennis + LAST KEY SERVICES...
**NATURES EDGE @ THE BEACH** Ocean Condo / Pool & Tennis + LAST KEY SERVICES...
Key West, FL
Stay at this condo in Key West. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and a spa tub. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular attractions Smathers ...
5/5 Exceptional! (96 reviews)
Great location
"Close to the beach"

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2022

**NATURES EDGE @ THE BEACH** Ocean Condo / Pool & Tennis + LAST KEY SERVICES...
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Smathers Beach

Margaritaville Beach House Key West
Margaritaville Beach House Key West
4 out of 5
2001 South Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, FL, 33040
The price is $299 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
Margaritaville Beach House Key West
Key West Beachfront Luxury 2/2 Condo A212
Key West Beachfront Luxury 2/2 Condo A212
Key West, FL
The price is $375 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 3
Key West Beachfront Luxury 2/2 Condo A212
**NATURES EDGE @ THE BEACH** Ocean Condo / Pool & Tennis + LAST KEY SERVICES...
**NATURES EDGE @ THE BEACH** Ocean Condo / Pool & Tennis + LAST KEY SERVICES...
Key West, FL
**NATURES EDGE @ THE BEACH** Ocean Condo / Pool & Tennis + LAST KEY SERVICES...
Comfortable Condo with Pool, Private Balcony, & Beach Access
Comfortable Condo with Pool, Private Balcony, & Beach Access
Key West, FL
The price is $301 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 12
Comfortable Condo with Pool, Private Balcony, & Beach Access
**WALKING ON SUNSHINE @ THE BEACH** Ocean Condo & Large Pool + LAST KEY SERVICES
**WALKING ON SUNSHINE @ THE BEACH** Ocean Condo & Large Pool + LAST KEY SERVICES
Key West, FL
**WALKING ON SUNSHINE @ THE BEACH** Ocean Condo & Large Pool + LAST KEY SERVICES
**CONCH IN THE TREETOPS @ 1800 ATLANTIC** Beach Condo / Pool + LAST KEY SERVICES
**CONCH IN THE TREETOPS @ 1800 ATLANTIC** Beach Condo / Pool + LAST KEY SERVICES
Key West, FL
**CONCH IN THE TREETOPS @ 1800 ATLANTIC** Beach Condo / Pool + LAST KEY SERVICES
**ATLANTIC REFLECTIONS @ THE BEACH** Ocean Penthouse / Pool + LAST KEY SERVICES.
**ATLANTIC REFLECTIONS @ THE BEACH** Ocean Penthouse / Pool + LAST KEY SERVICES.
Key West, FL
**ATLANTIC REFLECTIONS @ THE BEACH** Ocean Penthouse / Pool + LAST KEY SERVICES.
Luxury High End, 2 Bikes,  Highspeed Wi-Fi, Work station,  Pool, Hot Tub, Gym
Luxury High End, 2 Bikes, Highspeed Wi-Fi, Work station, Pool, Hot Tub, Gym
Key West, FL
Luxury High End, 2 Bikes, Highspeed Wi-Fi, Work station, Pool, Hot Tub, Gym
1800 Atlantic Suites
1800 Atlantic Suites
3 out of 5
1800 Atlantic Blvd, Key West, FL, 33040
1800 Atlantic Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.