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 rumour floating around the island is that the sand is brought in from the Bahamas and deposited there for your pleasure. Beach chairs and umbrellas are available for rent, but can be a bit pricey. In case you have a hankering for something to eat or drink, there are food trucks and vans nearby ready to satisfy your needs.
This is an ideal spot to catch some rays and take in the Atlantic. The beach area is a few kilometres long, so having enough room to move about shouldn’t be a problem. The water is calm and there are restrooms nearby.
Spend the day sunbathing and taking a leisurely walk in the laid-back atmosphere. Surfboards aren’t needed at this beach as the waves are minuscule, but snorkellers can have a nice time swimming around and checking out the critters that live below.
The lush garden at the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory nearby is definitely top on the list for nature lovers and photography enthusiasts. There, you will see various types of birds and butterflies all around you. Getting around the island is fun and easy as there are places offering golf carts and scooters for rent.
- Diving & snorkelling
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