Smathers Beach

Smathers Beach, Key West: Address, Smathers Beach Reviews: 3.5/5

Smathers Beach
3.5
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A pretty public beach; several vendors rent water sports gear and beach chairs.
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Johanna V
Lancaster, OH24 contributions
Beach days
Mar. 2021 • Family
Can find shade here by a tree grove with an early arrival. Can rent beach chairs & umbrella, kayaks, paddle board, etc. Fun had by all. Kids made friends.
Written April 11, 2021
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Joe N
Orlando, FL424 contributions
Nice beach for Key West
Jan. 2021
It has already been stated, but Key West is not known for its beaches so when you do find one like Smathers it is a nice surprise. You can rent paddle-boards, kayaks and other water sports here and enjoy laying out under the sun or take a dip in the cool, clear water.
Written March 14, 2021
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Bugsey829
Wichita, KS243 contributions
Just us
Mar. 2021 • Couples
Doesn’t hold a candle to Clearwater beach, Cocoa beach or siesta key . Lots of seaweed and too many jellies.
Written March 1, 2021
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Raegan L
Lakeland, FL1,451 contributions
Good beach... for the Keys
Dec. 2020 • Friends
Probably one of the top beaches in the Keys. But don’t think because this is a top FL KEYS beach that it will look anything like some of the top beaches in all of FL, because it won’t! The Keys Beaches are just different, and they aren’t the main show or attraction when visiting, because they aren’t big or luxurious like Florida is usually known for. All this aside, Smathers beach is still nice, and it helps you to get your day in the sun and sand and salt water, even if it’s not exactly what you’d expect on first thought. There’s chairs and umbrellas you can rent right on the beach, as well as other activities like kayaks and paddle boards. They have bathrooms and a water fountain at intervals, and when I was there they even had a couple food trucks on the sidewalk curb for a certain time of day. I went there on Christmas Eve 2020 and it was a beautiful day, and it didn’t feel overcrowded to me even though it’s a skinny beach so that was encouraging. Basically, if you’re in Key West and need a beach fix, Smathers will fill that request, but just throw away any and all prior expectations!
Written January 25, 2021
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Getbusyliving
Great Falls, VA172 contributions
Best Beach In Key West
Jan. 2021 • Family
Absolutely no question that this is the best beach in Key West. Sand is great and clean, water is crystal clear and sand on the bottom is rock free. You can also rent umbrellas and chairs and hobie crafts, kayaks, tubes, etc. On street parking was easy to come by for a nominal fee. No food options but bathrooms are on site. The beach is right next to a busy street but it’s not an issue once on the beach. Great sunsets from here as well. Don’t miss this one if you want some beach time.
Written January 8, 2021
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mdgipsy
Baltimore, MD960 contributions
Best Key West beach
Dec. 2020 • Family
Beaches in the Keys are few and far between. Dry Tortugas are the best! Second best is Smathers for sure. Best sand and space in the Keys.
Written December 30, 2020
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FDinger
Florida796 contributions
Nice Beach
Nov. 2020 • Solo
I’ve been to Smathers Beach several times over the past few decades. I even saw Jimmy Buffett perform a somewhat impromptu concert on the sand there one afternoon in the early 90’s. It’s a nice beach. I say that knowing the Keys are really not a beach destination, but if you need your toes in the sand, it’s a fine option. It’s narrow but long. It has nice palm trees. During my most recent visit late one afternoon, I saw two weddings, a professional photo session with a lovely girl in a very skimpy bikini, a line of fishing boats out on the water, and pairs of fighter jets in the sky. I also saw a wonderful sunset. I highly recommend a visit to Smathers Beach.
Written November 25, 2020
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Dave M
Greenville, SC24 contributions
Quiet beach, very little seaweed
Nov. 2020
Unlike some of the other beaches on the island, there was minimal seaweed. We went out twice for sunrise and once in the middle of the day. It was deserted in the mornings and not too busy at 2pm. Well kept-up.
Written November 22, 2020
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Naomi H
Spring Lake, NC221 contributions
Nice public beach
Nov. 2020 • Family
The views are absolutely beautiful. The sand is okay too. As a world traveler, we are always seeking a beautiful view. After reading reviews, we weren’t expecting much but upon arrival, we were pleasantly surprised. There are a couple of picnic tables and some rental companies for chairs or you can bring your own. Overall, it was a good experience.
Written November 18, 2020
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truthintravel1953
Port Charlotte, FL55 contributions
Smelly beach
Sep. 2020 • Couples
They do a terrible job cleaning up the moldy sea grass at either end of the short beach. The stench is over powering and ruins what could be a great experience. It’s been this way for a very long time.
Written September 25, 2020
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