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Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Southard St on Truman Annex, Key West, FL 33041
305-292-6713
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Ranked #22 of 82 Attractions in Key West
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Beaches, Historic Sites, State Parks
Activities: Fishing, Watching sunrise/sunset
Traveler Description: Fort Zachary Taylor Beach is the best beach in Key West. (If you are looking for prestine, white sand, you don't want Key West...)  The beach is... more »
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Miami, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

One of the best beach in Key West. There is an entry fee but it’s minimal and worth it. The beach is perhaps one of the best maintained with grills for cooking out, picnic tables, clean bathrooms, shower areas, a food stand, and many shady areas to cool off. The water here is calm and warm and there is a... More

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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is the best beach in Key West, although they say there is snorkeling, there is not really anything to see. The attraction is the history and it is the only place on the island where we found a little corner of undeveloped nature. Also a great place to bike to and hit the short trails.

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East Rockaway, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I must admit we went to this state park solely for the beach! If you are seeking some sand - this is the only beach to visit. It's easily accessible with ample parking (at least in September). The water is calm and blue (unlike the other beaches which had brown water and tons of kelp on the sand). You can... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

This is the only thing I want to do while in Key West! The water is amazing and the beach well maintained. The history buffs will enjoy touring the Fort. The park offers picnic areas, grills, clean well maintained public restrooms, outdoor showers, and amazing shady areas for cooling down. Best part is the hidden beach to the right of... More

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Indian Hills, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Other than taking a sunset cruise this is the best spot left on the island to see an amazing sunset. If you like it quiet, romantic and away from the crowds gathered at the other great locations to celebrate another day down the tubes this is where you want to go. It's a decent somewhat uphill walk into the park.... More

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Columbus, Georgia, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Went there twice during our vacation, once for a day at the beach and once to watch the sunset. The beach is a bit different, yes there are rocks, yes there is sand and palm trees and shades picnic areas. The area is beautiful. Walk across the rocks into the water and in a few feet it's nothing but sand... More

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Vienna, Austria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Swimming in sea is one of best thing you can do. Also it 's possible to make a barbecue there. The beach is very clean and also there is more sand i had expected. The Fort is not so important, but very nice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The water was beautiful here yet you must bring water shoes!! There are many rocks and stones here. The cafe was lovely and the chicken salad wrap was tasty. The park staff were friendly and helpful. There was an amazing sunset on the west side and if you sit on the rocks its even a bit romantic.

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mackinac island
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Wow The history is amazing What the soldiers endured .., The views are amazing Along with an amazing beach Just my favorite place in all of Key West

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My friends and I biked to Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park from down by the Southernmost Hotel to check out the fort and the "beaches." Be warned - their beaches are a little rough due to all of the rocks. But the water is beautiful...so clear and blue! And the views are great because there is literally NOTHING blocking... More

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