I was told there was no beach in Key West that was worth its salt. Well, the beach at Fort Zachary was a definite surprise, very nice and quite wide, not over populated, and reached through a small but very pretty grove of pine and palm trees. The fort itself is interesting to visit, with the Coast Guard base next door being another complete surprise, sitting right next to the old fort, so much so that taking photos is not allowed. Two friends visiting with me were from Florida and had never been to Ft Zachary. We all enjoyed the place, finding it all at once pretty, interesting and peaceful.