Smathers Beach





The Key to Happiness

How can a beach manage to be soothing to the eyes, relaxing for the senses, close to attractions and a buzzing hotspot for vacationers all at the same time?

We don’t know, but we know this: Smathers Beach manages it flawlessly. As the largest and most well-known beach on Key West, it’s a must-see for visitors to the area.

Walk along the fine white sands or take a dip in the clear water. Smathers Beach is also a great place for a bike ride, a game of volleyball, or even a little beach yoga. There are rentals galore, so take a jet ski for a spin, or simply rent a chair or snorkel gear and have a pleasant, laid-back afternoon.

Nearby Attractions, Dining

After your beach day, head to the Key West Historic District and take a bike or walking tour to catch a glimpse of the architecture of Old Town and learn a bit about the town’s history.

If you’re hungry, take a trip over to the Duval Street bar and restaurant district, where you can sample tasty dishes and sip cocktails while enjoying the anything-goes vibe.

And no visit to Key West would be complete without a visit to the Ernest Hemingway House. Not a fan of the writer? Then maybe you’ll love the famous polydactyl (meaning, “extra toes”) cats that live on the property.


No pets are allowed on the beach, so Fido will have to sit this one out. And if you’ve got a hankering for a cold beer, you’ll need to wait until you get into town, because no alcoholic beverages are allowed on the beach either.

Queen conchs are nice to behold, but collecting them is forbidden.

Metered parking is available on Roosevelt Boulevard, and if you decide to swim, keep in mind that there are no lifeguards. Be safe and have fun!

Smathers Beach at a Glance

City:Key West

Country or State:Florida

Length of Beach:1 mile

Access:By car, taxi, on foot

Best time to visit:March to May - best weather and rates

High Season:December to February

Low Season:March-November


  • Food trucks; Restaurants and bars in Old Town
  • Chair and umbrella rental
  • No lifeguards
  • Public restrooms

Beach Type:

  • White sand
  • Saltwater
  • Secluded

Special Events:

  • PrideFest
  • Pirates in Paradise
  • Fantasy Fest Carnival