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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 #21 of 85 attractions in Key West
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Terrell, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

We were told that this was the best swimming beach in Key West. It was okay. Lots of seaweed and rocks didn't make it ideal, but overall we had fun and enjoyed it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

We spent one day at the Fort Zachary Taylor beach. There were quite a few people there, but not too crowded. We rented 2 lounge chairs and an umbrella as it was quite hot. That cost us 30 bucks plus $5 returnable deposit. The beach is not a smooth sand beach. It is very rocky and full of shells just... More

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Allen Park, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

My husband and I went here the last morning of our time in Key West and wished we had come sooner. The fort was o.k., tour is self guided unless you come at noon. We just enjoyed the park itself walking along the beach, collecting seashells and enjoying the view. Was definitely nice to be their in the morning before... More

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Miami Gardens, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Looking for real beach in key west? Look no further... Fort Zachary Beach is the best beach in key west. White sugary sand, beautiful clear water, a lot of pine trees for shade, a bunch o picnic tables an grills and for those like me that enjoy snorkeling.... theres a lot to see underwater so bring your mask, snorkel and... More

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Fort Bragg, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

This de-capitated fort looks wierd but the ranger explained how & why it lost it's 2nd and 3rd levels as well as why they have such an amazing collection of artillary. The entrance was a bit difficult to locate and the line of cars waiting to get in was long but most people were there to go to the best... More

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

They have chairs, umbrellas, good bathrooms, snacks and beer. You can rent snorkel equipment. It is a coral coast...take those swim shoes to save your feet. It is really beautiful here.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We walked here from our hotel, paid $2.50 pp for walking. Went to the beach first then checked out the Fort on the way out. The beach can be a bit rough on bare feet due to the coral, so wear water shoes. There were not too many people when we first got there, but as we left around lunchtime,... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

The snorkeling is great early in the day when the water is calm. Easy access to the beach. Amenities are adequate if you want chairs, umbrella, rafts, etc. Great Value!

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New Jersey
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We went on a Monday for the second time with our two sons. All I can say is, the second year did not disappoint at all. Kids were able to snorkel and spot familiar fish, as well as take in iguanas in land. Ft Zachary is truly paradise! My only tip: purchase water shoes for the visit!

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Montville, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Great place to search for sea glass. Very quiet and beautiful. great shaded picnic area and paths. Easily accessible with a bike.

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