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    Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

    by Ewingjr98 Written Sep 2, 2012

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    Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park is Florida's southernmost state park. Fort Taylor is the park's centerpiece ad was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973. The park is home to the most popular beach in Key West, which is located on the southern shore of the park. The beach offers picnicking, swimming, snorkeling, and fishing. Visitors can also enjoy a short nature trail and bicycling within the park.

    The park also hosts the Cayo Hueso Café which sells snacks, drinks, beach supplies, and souvenirs.

    Located in Key West at the end of Southard Street on Truman Annex. Entry is $6.00 per vehicle, $2.00 for pedestrians and bicyclists, $4.00 Single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle.

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    South Beach and the Southernmost Beach Cafe

    by TravellerMel Written Mar 23, 2012

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    The quickly became our favorite place to hang out - South Beach is FANTASTIC for people watching. Small, but nice and clean. We liked this beach because there were more people like us there - NOT the thin, tanned, teeny-boppers like at Smathers Beach - but it was not overly crowded. Better for the morale, if you know what I am saying... We really like Fletcher, who brought us our beach chairs ($5), and treats throughout our stay - a frozen towel to cool the back of our necks, and popcycles.

    The Southernmost Beach Cafe was great - good food, and fun drinks. The Barbados Punch was my favorite fruity drink, but the Drunken Sailor was pretty good too. Our companions said the Bloody Mary's here were the best. Prices are reasonable (~$10 for burger and fries). We loved it and will definitely hang out here again.

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    Snorkeling in Key West

    by susiecomet Written Jan 22, 2012

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    Key West has both snorkeling and diving. Here's a great primer on the snorkeling scene. http://beachesinkeywest.com/key-west-snorkeling

    The best beaches for snorkeling are Smathers Beach, Fort Zachary Taylor, South Beach Key West and Higgs Beach.

    Or you can take one of the many charters out and do a snorkel/kayak combo. Very relaxing!

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    Key West's public beaches

    by Jefie Written Jan 14, 2012

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    Seems like there's nothing easier than spending a day at the beach in Key West! The entire southern side of the island is dotted with public beaches, some of which are fully equipped with restroom facilities, picnic tables, chair rentals, bars and restaurants. Since we didn't have that much time to spend in Key West I had to content myself with a quick visit to South Beach, where playwright Tennessee Williams is said to have come for a swim nearly every day during the years he spent in Key West. Even though I'm not the kind of person who's interested in spending much time sunbathing (being a redhead, and all!), South Beach struck me as the kind of place where I could very well spend a few hours with a book in one hand and a refreshing drink in the other!

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    Atlantic Ocean

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 26, 2011

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    All along the Atlantic side of the island, is a narrow, mostly man-made beach. This is the closest to a big beach in Key West. I don't do beaches much. The better beaches are down by Fort Taylor SP. I've been swimming down there on the part of the beach that is still owned by the USNavy.

    Even so, the beach gets a lot of use. People come to walk or run on the beach. Mornings are good for bird watching (Photo 5). And wedding photographers (photo 4) seem to think the beach is perfectly fine.

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    Smathers Beach

    by TravellerMel Written Mar 10, 2011

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    Smathers Beach is the largest public beach in Key West. Powdery soft sand, turqouise water, lined with palm trees - it is what a south Florida beach should look like! On the windy day we were there for a beach wedding, there were kite-surfers out on the water who were fascinating to watch!

    The beach is located on the south side of the island, along the Atlantic Ocean

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    Higgs Beach Park

    by grasshopper_6 Updated Jun 29, 2008

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    If you're coming to Key West for some beach action, I'm sorry to say you may be disappointed. Although there are are a few small manufactured beaches at some of the resorts, most of the beachfront looks like this picture of Smather's beach on the East side of the island. It is very shallow - I mean at low tide you could probably wade out a quarter mile! - Seaweed washes in and often covers the beach. One possible exception is Higgs beach Park. It isn't really a beach, but built up shell covered with sand and held in place by a seawall. You can lay out in the sun however, get wet if you're so inclined, and rent watersports toys nearby ( Jet skis, kayaks parasail charters etc. ), There is also a playground, a dog park and a historic burial site of African slaves rescued from a slave ship.

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    Higgs Beach

    by Ericasmurf99 Updated Apr 20, 2008

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    I am not a fan of Higgs beach; it is dirty and there are no palm trees for shade. Alot of homeless people are in this area too, and they will ask you for money.
    In conjunction with the beach is the AIDS memorial and the White Street Pier. That side of the beach is nicer, but still not nice enough for me to ever go there.
    There are always contamination notices being sent out about the water here. I really suggest you don't swim here, only walk around.

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    Smathers Beach

    by Ericasmurf99 Updated Apr 20, 2008

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    I like to walk around this beach in the evening; that is when it is peaceful and all the "craziness" has left to go pamper up for Duval street. If you go during a spring/summer break, during mid day, it will be crowded.
    I think it is nice to lay out in the sun here, or to play games, but I'd be warying of swimming here. Old seaweed lines the coast and is never taken care of, and there have been lots of notices put out not to swim here, do to a large amount of fecial contamination. Yes, I said fecial.

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    Water Sports at Key West

    by abhyuday_c Written Dec 27, 2007

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    Key West has lot of Water Sports activities that you can do in the green waters on Atlantic Ocean. These activities include Parasailing, Jet-Ski Waverunners, Water trampoline, Kayaking and Snorkelling. On the sail you can enjoy some good food, beer and great music. With Snorkelling, you can see some of the colorful fish, coral reef and other sea animals. We started the day at 10 on a Saturday and tickets can be purchased at the location itself for $85. The 6 hour sail starts with a few drinks and it stops after 25 miles off the coast. This is when you get the oppurtunity to jump into the waters and doing the sports which you like. The Banana Boat ride for me was the best where your Banana boat is tied on the back of a fast moving speed jet that makes sharp turns. It is exciting because you have to balance yourself from falling at 30-40mph speed. One day should be good to cover all these Water sports at the green waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

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    Dog Beach

    by grandmaR Written May 19, 2005

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    A canine favorite though rocky and slippery, this tiny stretch of beach (about 30 feet wide) is the only beach in Key West that allows dogs. No restrooms or facilities. Has a strong undercurrent.

    Beach Etiquette for Dogs
    - Always keep your dog leashed when there is a leash law
    - Always clean up after your dog by using a poop bag or pooper scooper
    - Do not let your dog visit with other beach-goers or dogs, unless welcomed
    - If using an official off-leash area, your dog needs to be well-behaved and must listen to your verbal commands.

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    Duval Beach

    by Dutchnatasja Written Oct 9, 2004

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    Perfect little beach with all the facilities you need; Palm trees, beach chairs, Duval Beach Club where you can have your lunch, a "cabanaboy" (that's how we liked to call him), he takes your order and bring your delicious Pina Collada. Close to everything.

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    Beach Key West

    by ak47uk Written Feb 10, 2004

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    There is a small beach at the south of the town it is just a couple of minutes walk from the southern most point in the USA. There is a really nice cafe with excellent food and ice cold beer and soft drinks. You can hire a sunbed for $5 for the day it's a nice place to go to get away from the heat of the town. Don't forget to bring your towel and swim wear and cool down swimming with the pelicans

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    Birthday Break

    by DEBBBEDB Written May 18, 2013
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    My son and his friends spent a couple of days in Key West - mostly on the beach. You can see that the beaches are a bit sea-weedy, but it doesn't seem to have affected having a good time

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    Must visit the beaches.. And there are many..

    by heavenlydee Written May 18, 2011

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    Such a beautiful place... The beaches in Key West are plenty, and famous for a reason... Bars right there on beach.. Water sports rentals.. So refreshing.. So serene...

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