What a joy it was to stumble upon this little rocky beach; a world away from awkward Duval St. We rented a couple of bikes and made our way to the entrance of the fort and followed the path to the beach. Along the way we saw MANY multi-colored, lively mature Iguanas and babies running around. The fort itself is a rather sinister dark hulk of a thing rising ominously out of the water, but definitely worth seeing and thinking about. Once we got to the little palm tree populated cove& picnic ground, it was a welcome relief from town. Not fancy - felt like a locals secret get-a-way. Unfortunately we didn't go in the water because we couldn't take a purse/ wallet with us in the water, but we could tell there were fish out there as snorkelers were spending plenty of time around the outlying rocks.
There is a little hut where you can rent what you need like, booties ( essential for the rocky coast ) snorkels, fins, masks, lounges, umbrellas to make for a great day. Suggestion: Just take some cash with you ( about $40 each for snorkel set + extra for lounges etc) and leave your purse, wallet, credit cards etc in the hotel. And bring a water-proof wallet for what you don't spend, rent some bikes, peddle over, take your time on the way around the fort visiting the iguanas, then just chill out on the beach, go snorkeling & have lunch. This should probably be #1 in Key West if you want to just relax. We stayed at the Hyatt and their beach was just silly. A 5x5 rock garden. Nothing compared to this sweet natural get-a-way. HIghly recommended.