Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and in Key West, Florida, nearly everything you encounter is gorgeous! The water is blue and sparkling and the sky is sapphire as it runs the horizon beside the white sand. The four miles of oceanside wonder are the most southern portion of the United States, and the tropical ambiance boast this fact proudly. Although there are many tourists to Key West, there are also many people who choose to have a vacation home or live there year round, so commercial properties are on the rise. It’s important to be able to direct your guests or have some knowledge yourself of some open-access beaches in the area.
3 Most Beautiful Beaches in Key West
Smathers Beach is a public, open access beach that you can reach as soon as you leave the airport in Key West. It has a two-mile shoreline and smooth sand without sandy pebbles and coral that may be prevalent in other areas. It’s a great beach for kids as the currents generally stay mild, and there are many public vendors for food, drink, as well as public restrooms and changing areas.
Dog Beach is exactly what it sounds like – a tiny beach that’s full of dogs! You can take your four legged friends here, so expect to see a lot of frisbees and balls as dogs of various sizes and pedigrees romp in the surf. What could be better that combining the beach with dogs? The area has quite strict rules about pet behavior and clean up, so make sure to heed the signs and be responsible for your pet.
Higgs Beach is what you probably imagine Key West to be – a backdrop of palm trees, crystal blue waters, and large stretches of sand. It has completely free parking, so come often and stay for a long time! There’s also concierge available on this beach starting at just thirty dollars a day.
Key West Beaches
Here are a few more beaches you might like to visit in Key West, FL:
- Fort Zachary Taylor Beach
- Rest Beach
- South Beach
- Bahia Honda State Park (Voted one of the top beaches by Travel Channel)
- Dry Tortugas (A bit of a plane or boat ride but worth it if you want to see some Sea Turtles!)
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