Smathers Beach

Smathers Beach, Key West: Address, Smathers Beach Reviews: 3.5/5

Smathers Beach
3.5
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A pretty public beach; several vendors rent water sports gear and beach chairs.
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peteivonne
Dallas, TX143 contributions
Best beach in Key West.
Oct 2021 • Couples
This was a good beach in Key West. Of all the beaches in Key West this one has the best sand. There are snack vendors and you can rent a lounge chair, a hoby cat or a kayak there. There are public restrooms.
Written October 27, 2021
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F4981JCmichaels
Vancouver, WA1,790 contributions
Larger than most Key West beaches.
Jun 2021
My wife and I visited 23 beaches on this particular trip, some along northern California, some along the Gulf, and some along the Atlantic coast all the way from Key West to the Chesapeake Bay. (It was a 41 day trip.) I took pictures at every beach, as well as collected sand.
As for plopping down on the sand, or enjoying the water at any of these places, we did not do those things because my wife cannot handle heat & humidity and I cannot swim. But I personally love visiting beaches and walking along them, but my wife does not. So, sand collecting and pictures. By the way, if you collect sand from beaches, it makes for an interesting display. No two are the same. Put it in small plastic containers and super glue them shut on location.
As far as Smathers Beach goes, where does it fall in the great beach tour? First, it's a fairly large beach, by Key West standards. It has public restrooms. Parking is along the street.
The sand is reasonably fine grained. The beach was not crowded either. The water was shallow closer to shore. All in all, I thought it was a nice, relaxing place.
Written September 23, 2021
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PAboyinFL
Ocala, FL1,071 contributions
Atlantic side beach
Aug 2021 • Couples
The beach area has a half mile thin stretch of sand that runs along the Atlantic Ocean. Water near the shore is brownish but blues up further out. Bottom has many rocks and stones. It’s an okay beach, but not among the better ones we’ve experienced over our years of traveling.
Written August 28, 2021
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roj1281
Houston, TX377 contributions
Decent beach for Key West
Aug 2021
Key West doesn't have much in terms of beaches so I thought this one was nice if you are looking for beach time. I didn't find that it smelled or was dirty.
Written August 11, 2021
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BCantrell65
Southwest Gulf Coast, FL66 contributions
Key West is not for the beaches.
Jul 2021 • Friends
Beach is nasty, smells bad, too much seaweed and grunginess. If you want beautiful beaches, head north just an 1 1/2-2 hours.
Written July 21, 2021
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Carrie
Farmingdale, NJ2 contributions
Don’t waste your time!!
Jul 2021 • Family
All the beaches in key west are terrible!! I’m from the Jersey shore and I never seen such a dirty environment!! So very disappointing
Written July 12, 2021
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Chris B
Columbus, GA7 contributions
Eh
Jul 2021 • Couples
Like everyone else has said, this beach is not the best one in Florida. If you want beaches, I wouldn’t recommend key west. But this beach did provide for some pretty photos and a nice walk in the sand! If you want a beach in key west, this is the one to go to
Written July 8, 2021
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Maddy Bonin
Geneva, NE54 contributions
Nothing to write home about
Jun 2021
Not the best beach I've been to but also not the worst. It sucks but Key West just does not have very good beaches. It was an average beach. A good stop if you are in Key West and really want to go to the beach, but don't expect crystal clear and blue water. It reminded me a lot of lake water. If you are deciding between Smathers and the Fort's beach and you are coming for lounging and playing in the water definitely choose this one over the Fort. But again don't expect anything over the top beautiful.
Written June 30, 2021
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LisaMoscon
Memphis, TN4 contributions
Great beach!
Jun 2021 • Family
Perfect for kids because you can walk out reallllllly far! Nice white sand, unlike other areas of key west. Lots of seaweed from the hurricane but otherwise, great beach. Best one we found.
Written June 22, 2021
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Susan A
Atlanta, GA224 contributions
Beautiful views …but the smell
Jun 2021 • Couples
We learned that KW is not a place to come enjoy a beach day on the shore. We visited during seaweed season and even though the beach crews worked daily to remove the rotting seaweed along the shore the stench was unbearable! The water and views are beautiful but the beach experience not so much.
Written June 15, 2021
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