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“Best Part of Key West”

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.
Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

The fort. The fort offers a beautiful view of Key West from the roof and a nice window into our Civil War and Spanish-American War history. Take your time to walk around and read the signs. The bike path around the moat is a nice ride. Keep your eyes pealed for iguanas!

The beach. The beach is both beautiful and peaceful and wasn't too crowded. We would recommend wearing water shoes. On the day that we went the wind had kicked up, so snorkeling was not an option. We did have a nice walk on the beach. We would certainly go back if in Key West again.

Thank Michael B
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Reviewed March 28, 2014

No trip to Key West is complete without a stop at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. The beach is fantastic, surely the loveliest beach in Key West, and the surroundings -- the palm trees and sea pines and all the other tropical foliage -- tell you that you have arrived in a true island Paradise. The café is an 'order-at-the-window' and wait for your food type, but there are a lot of good tables, each with its own umbrella for shade, and with a good view of the beach and blue, blue Key West sea just beyond. It may cost a few bucks to enter the state park grounds but, believe me, it will be money well spent. This is one attraction that you won't want to miss. The beach is so much more beautiful than Smathers Beach, so that alone is worth the price of admission. And the Key Eco-Discovery Center, which is free, is located nearby.

Thank rams2050
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Reviewed March 27, 2014

This is part of Key West that keeps my family coming back. There is a historical fort which is definitely worth a walk-through and picture opportunity. There is a limited nature walk and sunset watching area too which is nice. The beach itself is coral with a covering of sand, but the jetty and rock piles just offshore provide for some really nice close to shore snorkeling. Stingrays, barracuda and a plethora of tropical fish abound here. There are plenty of rental chairs and umbrellas if you desire them, but at a cost. The snack bar makes a mean Cuban sandwich which my daughter and I always get when we go there. Never too crowded, this is a nice relaxing destination while visiting Key West. We always spend a couple of afternoons here when visiting.

1  Thank Rhandylan
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Reviewed March 27, 2014

The only beach for swimming on the entire island of Key West! The shoreline is open to the currents of the gulf and the Atlantic, so there is constantly fresh water flowing through. This is pivotal for swimmers as it helps wash away any bacteria growing in the water, without creating dangerous currents. This truly is the best place to swim. I would definitely recommend bringing shoes though - there are a lot of rocks on the beach that can be very uncomfortable to walk on barefoot. There are lounge chairs and umbrellas available to rent (but they are expensive!). There's a small dining area that serves hot dogs and beer, although you must keep alcohol on their patio. Great place to spend an afternoon!

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Reviewed March 27, 2014

The fort is no big deal. The view isn't really that good and most of the interior spaces are off limits. What is worth going to is the beach because the water is fairly calm and snorkeling around the rocks is interesting.

Thank Tim P
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