Top 9 Florida Keys Beaches

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  • 1. Smathers Beach (Key West)

    Smathers Beach (Key West)

    Although Key West isn't famous for its great beaches, Smathers Beach is worth a visit. This gorgeous beach is walking distance from the airport with warm water that stays shallow for quite a distance out into the sea, so it's a perfect place to splash around with the kids. 

    Keep in mind that although the sand feels nice, it tends to get quite hot underfoot in the scorching heat. The… read more »

  • 2. Fort Zachary Taylor Beach

    Fort Zachary Taylor Beach
    © Chris Schieman

    Set on the western tip of Key West, Fort Zachary Taylor is Florida's most southerly state park. It is also home to what is highly regarded as Key West's best beach.

    A stretch of near-white coral sand, lapped by the clear blue waters of the what feels like the Caribbean Sea make this spot is idyllic. The look is completed by a backdrop of palm trees and Australian pines, making it… read more »

  • 3. Higgs Beach (Key West)

    Higgs Beach (Key West)
    Cristo Vlahos

    Set between Smathers Beach and Fort Zachary Taylor Beach is the somewhat lower key and smaller Higgs Beach. A very pleasant stretch of perfect white sand backed by tall palm trees Higgs is everything you would expect from a tropical beach.

    However, not everything is as it seems - in fact the sand is actually imported from the Caribbean, something that is true of most of Key West's beaches.… read more »

  • 4. Anne's Beach

    Anne's Beach
    Ved Ivanov

    Located at Lower Matecumbe Key, Anne's Beach can be found in the village of Islamorada. Named for a local environmentalist called Anne Eaton after her death in 1992, its stretch of white sand provides a secluded spot to sunbath or enjoy some time in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

    Surrounded by native planting, the immediate entrance into the water is both shallow and calm year-round, like similar beaches… read more »

  • 5. Calusa Beach

    Calusa Beach

    Lying close to the southernmost point of Bahia Honda Key, one of the Florida Keys, Calusa Beach comes complete with palm trees and white sand gently-sloping into warm azure blue waters.

    One of just a handful of great beaches in the keys, and one of very few that are entirely natural, Calusa Beach is part of Bahia Honda State Park. Encroached by grasses, it has a relatively narrow extent, and… read more »

  • 6. Sombrero Beach

    Sombrero Beach
    Franz Stellbrink

    A cosy backyard playground for Islanders, this is one of the best kept beach secrets in the Florida Keys and is located on Marathon Key. Visitors to this beach get to enjoy the soft sand and turquoise waters. It's not a large beach but your little piece of "sand estate" can be claimed regardless if it is crowded. There's plenty of places to park nearby too.

    Popular activities on this beach… read more »

  • 7. Coco Plum Beach

    Coco Plum Beach
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    Coco Plum Beach is one of the more naturalistic of beach settings within the chain of islands which make up the Florida Keys and is generally less crowded than others in the area. Enjoying the warm shallows of the Atlantic Ocean around the town on Marathon, it backs onto wetlands that provide a vital habitat for the region's bird and plant life.

    Coco Plum Beach is also a known turtle nesting… read more »

  • 8. Dry Tortugas National Park

    Dry Tortugas National Park

    Dry Tortugas National Park sits in the Gulf of Mexico close to Florida's Key West and consists of seven islands surrounded by coral reefs. The main beaches are considered to be those on Garden Key, which is also home to Fort Jefferson, a nineteenth-century defensive position.

    Loggerhead Key is best known for its visits by the turtles of the same name, while Loggerhead Reef is one of the region's best dive… read more »

  • 9. Curry Hammock State Park

    Curry Hammock State Park
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