The Beautiful Beaches of Key West

Smather’s Beach

A half mile stretch of sandy man-made beach. Restrooms, ample parking, concession stands, chair rentals, bike paths, picnic tables, volleyball nets, and water sports rentals: jet skiing, para-sailing, and windsurfing. On South Roosevelt Boulevard.

Fort Zachary Taylor

An 87 acre State Park with a pre-Civil War Fort. Wonderful sunset views. One of the best beaches in Key West, though a bit rocky. Public restrooms, food/drink kiosk, chair rentals, picnic tables and BBQ’s. There is an admission charge. Entrance through Truman Annex at Southard Street.

Higg’s Beach

Wide, sandy beach with a long wooden pier. Restroom facilities, covered picnic tables, Salute! Restaurant on the beach, playground, chair rentals, rafts and watersports rentals. It’s at the end of Reynold’s Street.

The Florida Keys are in a National Marine Sanctuary

Within the boundaries of the 2900 square nautical miles of the sanctuary lie spectacular and unique marine resources, from the world’s third largest barrier reef, extensive seagrass beds, mangrove-fringed islands, and more than 6,000 species of marine life. The sanctuary also protects pieces of our nation’s history such as shipwrecks and other archeological treasures.

Diving and Snorkeling Around Key West

Inner Reefs3 ft. to 30 ft. depth. The inner coral reefs are great for both snorkelers and scuba divers. These extensive reefs are abundant in coral and marine life, with lots of available light. Bring an underwater camera for some stunning shots.

Outer Reefs35 ft. to 45 ft. depth. The outer bar provides a slightly deeper dive on beautiful coral formations. These reefs offer some of the nicest corals, gorgonians and larger fish found in the Florida Keys.

Wreck Dives off Key West

Joe’s Tug60 to 75 ft. depth. This wreck has been damaged by many hurricanes but is a great dive. Large sections of the wreck are nestled in and around soft and hard corals. It is home to some friendly eels and many inquisitive fish.

The Vandenberg140 ft. depth. This recently sunk, world class wreck is over 520 ft. long and is the second largest artificial reef in the world. It sits 40 ft. below the surface, making it accessible to divers of all levels. Explore the unique superstructure, bridge, com-rooms, and crow’s nest with a dive guide.


There are several catamarans, schooners, and sailboats that offer sailing charters around the island.  Most depart from the harbor, or the foot of Duval Street . The hotel staff can assist with information and making reservations.


A sport so popular we wrote a whole page about it! Check out the Key West fishing page for deep sea or flats adventure.


Jet Pack Adventures

Jetpack Adventures in Key West offers amazing flights on the incredible Jetlev R200. The JetLev is a water powered recreational jet pack that almost anyone can fly over water. Definitely for the more adventurous types!

As they say “Stop dreaming & start flying”!



Back Country Kayaking

Back country tours have become the hottest popular water activity in Key West. One of our favorite’s is Blue Planet Kayak’s romantic Sunset & Starlight Full Moon tour. We have gone several times and have seen dolphin, sea turtles, octopus, squid, tropical mangroves, pristine beaches and many remote, out of the way islands, reachable only by kayaking.