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“Best Beach on the Island” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
Southard St on Truman Annex, Key West, FL 33041
305-292-6713
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Key West Schooner Sail and Reef Snorkel with Lunch
Ranked #19 of 184 things to do in Key West
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Fishing, Watching sunrise/sunset
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Owner description: Historic site of a Civil War-era fort, currently being excavated; also has a beautiful beach for swimming and snorkeling.
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“Best Beach on the Island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Stop by and stay a while...If you want some beach time away from the main tourist zone then Fort Zachary Taylor is your spot. Stop by the eco Center while you're in the area as well. Worth the time.

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“Great place to view the sunset...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

A nice beach for snorkling among the rocky coral beach. While we did not go into the water, I noticed that most beachgoers/swimmers were wearing beach shoes into the water because of the coral beach. A nice picnic area had tables and was in the shady area with many big trees. A concession stand was nearby to purchase food and drink and also there was bathrooms nearby. A good place for a family to spend the day.

Visited June 2013
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“Interesting self guided tour and often good snorkeling.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

We typically walk to Fort Zach for the snorkeling in the morning before the crowds show up. The key to snorkeling there is to watch the tide as the current can be fairly strong. But swim out past the rocks and we have seen lots of barracuda, tarpon, sting rays,grouper and the typical tropicals. The self guided tour of the fort is somewhat interesting and there were some big iguanas too.

Visited May 2013
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“awesome beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

clean place, clear water, nice restrooms and concession.
Saw sea turtles while swimming
an iguana picks up scraps at the concession stand. A must see.

Visited June 2013
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“Prettiest Beach on the Key and PEFECT for picnics”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

We spent three of our 6 days in Key West on this beach. The snorkeling there is great--lots to see a short distance from shore and you can rent snorkel gear from the cabana on the beach. They also rent out umbrellas and very comfy lounge chairs. A food shack also sells tasty burgers, sandwiches and ice cream as well as beer and wine. Hidden in the shade of the pine trees are several picnic tables and barbeques. A great place for a family outing or a beach day with your loved one.

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