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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.

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Barbary Beach House Key West
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4 out of 5
2001 South Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, FL
The price is CA $226 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Key West Art and Historical Society and Higgs Beach. Duval Street and South Beach are also within ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (279 reviews)

"Amazing little resort across from the beach, close to everything but far enough away from the craziness and noise of Duval st and Mallory square to give it a quiet island feel. We will definitely be staying here next time we come to key west! The amenities were amazing and staff was extremely nice ..."…"

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Ibis Bay Beach Resort
Ibis Bay Beach Resort
2.5 out of 5
3101 N. Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL
The price is CA $158 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25

Nestled on the beach, this Key West hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Higgs Beach, Duval Street, and South Beach. Southernmost Point and Key West Butterfly and ...

4/5Very Good! (1,785 reviews)

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Reviewed on Jan. 11, 2021

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Southernmost Beach Resort
4 out of 5
1319 Duval Street, Key West, FL
The price is CA $382 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Located in Key West Historic District, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of South Beach and Southernmost Point. Fort Zachary ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,657 reviews)

"Everyone was very accommodating from time we checked in until time we checked out. Loved the cafe on the property were could just walk a few steps to eat. My second time there and will be back again"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 20, 2021

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Barbary Beach House Key West
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The price is CA $226 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
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3420 N. Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL
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The price is CA $188 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
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DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key - Key West
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