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Key West Beach | Smarter's beach | @credit sanju_222323

by Caroline Tee

Are there any good beaches in Key West?

They do.  There are at least five beaches to choose from. 

Smathers Beach: Huge sandy beach, excellent swimming conditions

Dog beach: Dogs are not required to wear leashes

Higgs beach: White sand, free parking, and roosters roaming freely

South beach : best sunsets and white sand

Rest beach : It's a small beach but it's the ideal spot for sunrises

Fort Zachary Taylor beach: The shoreline of this natural beach is largely made up of ground coral. 

Bahia Honda State Park: excellent for snorkeling and camping

All of them are public beaches.

In Key West, are there beaches that are swimmable?

It is South Beach that is most popular.

What is the calmest beach in Key West?

South beach.

Can you find seaweed on the beaches of Key West?

In the summer, you might see a lot of seaweed on the beaches.  Every night, the town cleans them thoroughly.

Is there a beach where seaweed is less likely to be present?

There is a very small beach called Anne's Beach. The sand is white and there are no seaweeds. The waters are shallow, and you have to walk quite a distance to reach any depth.

What is the coldest month in Key West?

In January, there are average lows of 66°F and highs of 74°F.

Are beaches in Key West free?

Key West's longest beach, Smathers Beach, is free. The park is lined with palm trees and has volleyball courts and picnic tables. The water is sometimes murky on this beach, and it's shallow.

In Florida, you can access many beautiful beaches for free. You may need to pay for parking at some beaches.

What is the clearest water on one of the Florida Keys?

Fort Zachary Taylor beach

Is snorkeling available in Key West?

In addition to having the only living barrier reef in the continental United States, Key West is a popular snorkeling destination. You can choose from morning, afternoon, or all-day snorkeling excursions.

What sports can you do at Key West beaches?

Boating, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing.

The best way to experience Key West is from the water. A few of the activities available are sunset cruises, dolphin watching, island hopping and camping, sandbar trips, fishing, lobstering, bird watching, snorkeling, and back-country exploring.

Which month is most ideal for visiting the Florida Keys?

 Visiting between June and August will help you avoid crowds

When is the cheapest time to visit Key West?

The best time to visit is in the off-season, roughly from June to November. The cheapest months are September and November.

Is Havana visible from Key West?

Not at all. Cuba is not visible. This is just a fun legend.

Duval Street Key West: what is it?

Key West's Duval Street is known as the party epicenter and the island's "main drag." It is lined with bars, pubs, outdoor cafes, shops, galleries, restaurants, and celebrated attractions.

Is it possible to drink alcohol on the beach in Key West?

There are beach bars where you can eat and drink, but you cannot eat and drink on the beach.

Key West is a chicken-roaming town. Why?

Higgs beach
Higgs beach | wandering rooster | @credit L0ve2travle

Cuban and Caribbean island chickens are descendants of jungle fowl that roam the streets of Key West.

Birds were brought to our island by our ancestors for consumption. Also, chickens were used in the now illegal sport of cockfighting.

Wild chickens are considered an invasive species. The chicken population is spreading up the Keys, which could crowd out some of the last remaining native species.


About the Author: Caroline Tee is the owner of this website

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