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Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
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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.
Key West, Florida
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9 reviews
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Reviewed June 10, 2011

This beach lifts the spirits. The view is incredible. The concession stand is much better than in years past. The bathrooms are clean. My only wish is that they stayed open another half hour. You cannot enjoy the sunset here, they come around on a golf cart and kick you out.

Visited June 2011
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Miami, Florida
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“Great for families”
Reviewed June 7, 2011

While this is not much of a beach, the views are breathtaking. No, it's not a sandy beach like South Beach in Miami, but it's the Keys. There are more rocks/pebbles floating in the waves, but at least there was not as much seaweed. Also noticed no portugese man-of-war like we've experienced in Miami.

VERY laid back and family oriented. Since it is a State Park, there's no obscene sunbathers to worry about your children seeing.

Visited June 2011
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Casselberry, Florida
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“BreathTaking Beach!”
Reviewed May 24, 2011

It's the nicest beach on Key West!!!

The Fort itself is a trip! Construction began on the Fort in 1845, when Florida became a state. It was named for President Zachary Taylor who died in 1850. Construction continued through the 1850s, but was slowed by yellow fever, hurricanes and the slow delivery of men and materials (Key West was pretty remote in those days).

It's a wonderful tour, particularly in the dark and damp brick-lined gun sites. Spooky, really. And you can imaging the ghosts who still live there.

Outside the fort is a wonderful broad beach facing the Atlantic Ocean. Soft sand, plenty of parking, showers and a delightful concession stand.

No crowds! No teenagers! No music! No dogs! Just lots of space and clear, beautiful blue water. Great for swimming and snorkeling.

A channel along the west side (across the jetty) is reserved for fishing. I enjoyed watching sailboats, pelicans and even a crab on the coral. One of the prettiest beaches I've ever been too...Highly Recommended.

Visited May 2011
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Jacksonville FL
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“Nice beach but not typical for FL”
Reviewed May 5, 2011

Being from a FL beach city, we knew we would not encounter the sandy white beaches we are used to but were ready for a new experience. This is a beautiful beach and quite good for families as there is plenty of shade to escape to. The sand is actually white - but very rocky. My teens could handle it but I couldn't - definitely bring flip flops or water shoes if you don't have tough feet! The water was beautiful! There were lots of people there but it was not uncomfortably crowded. Great place for a picnic, too. Liked it better than Higgs or Smathers beaches. If you want a white sandy beach, go anywhere else in FL but I recommend Englewood, Siesta Key, Cape San Blas (in the Panhandle), or Anastasia Island (near St Augustine). With so much else to enjoy in the Keys, the beach was the least of my concerns this trip but this was lovely!

Visited April 2011
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Weston, Florida
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“Best Beach in Key West”
Reviewed April 28, 2011

We went on Monday April 24th; drive there! do not walk, as it would be a very far walk. Entrance fee was $7 for 2 people in a vehicle, but parking was ample and no additional parking fee was required. Re-entry was allowed so we went out for lunch and returned. The beach was great! Secluded, less crowded than Smather's with food bar and rental hut on site. Did not try either as prices are ridiculous and food on the island are so much better (try Mo's on White St.). Water was slightly chilled, but clear and very refreshing. Rocks were definatley a problem, depending on where on the beach you situate yourself it could be awful or tolerable. Overall, the best beach in Key West. Had lots of fun and will be returning soon.

Visited April 2011
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