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“Great Sand”
Review of Smathers Beach

Smathers Beach
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$107.42*
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Key West Island Helicopter Tour
Ranked #35 of 169 things to do in Key West
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Owner description: A pretty public beach; several vendors rent water sports gear and beach chairs.
Saratoga Springs, New York
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258 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Great Sand”
Reviewed February 1, 2014

In my opinion this is the best beach in Key West. As a large stretch of beach you can spread out a bit even with it being a popular beach (which you can't do at South Beach) and it was great sand (which Fort Zachary Taylor doesn't). The water does have a bit of a seaweed problem as you first walk in but once in you can kind of navigate around it. When we were in the water, we even saw a small sting ray which was cool. There are bathroom facilities, a food cart, volleyball court and water toys to rent so it pretty much has it all (except maybe a bar). This is definitely the place to go if you're looking for a quality beach in Key West.

Visited December 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Best beach in Key West”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

We have been to many beaches in the Keys over the years .. and I have to say this is the best one in Key West! Not many people and this is a big plus for us :D ..

Visited December 2013
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“Nice family beach”
Reviewed January 17, 2014

We 'beached' here for two days, and both days were great!
The view is exhillerating and the beach was clean. We rented a paddleboard for the hour so my daughter could 'play'. (Work is more like it! An hour is a long time to work those muscles and balance on the water.) The second day we were there, we saw ALOT of jellyfish--and they were BIG! That day, we just walked along the beach and watched the Pelicans divebomb the water for their 'snacks'. Both days were amazing beach days.

Visited January 2014
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Dumfries, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful Beach”
Reviewed January 6, 2014

We had a photo shoot set up for family pictures at sunset. We were not disappointed. The sand was soft and white not to mention the perfect view of the sunset. Great beach to visit!

Visited January 2014
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Kirkland, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
“Nicest beach in Key West”
Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

This is by far the best beach in Key West. The sand is smooth and not rocky like in other beaches in Key West. We didn't get in the water but we sat on a picnic table and enjoyed our lunch

Visited December 2013
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