Top Key West Beaches

You can catch a few rays and play in the sun just about anywhere, right? After all, a beach is a beach. While almost all beaches share some common features, the truth is beaches located less than a mile apart can provide a totally different experience for the beach goer. Anyone interested in vacation rentals in Key West must take the time to understand what makes each of the top Key West beaches special, because comparing one to another is akin to comparing apples and oranges.

Fort Zachary Taylor

Enjoy the fun and the sun in a historical setting. Considered one of the best beaches in the area, Fort Zachary Taylor is home to an 87-acre state park. A primary feature of the park is a pre-Civil War Fort. While the beach is a bit rocky, public restrooms, BBQ pits, food and drink kiosks, picnic tables and chair rentals are available. There is a small admission fee, but the view at sunset is worth it.

Higg's Beach

activities_scuba_diving_couple.jpgHigg's Beach is a beautiful, wide expanse of fine sandy beach is paired with a long wooden pier at Higg's Beach. Considered one of the top Key West beaches by the locals, the area includes covered picnic tables, waterspout and raft rentals, restrooms, playground and even a full-service restaurant.

South Beach

Gorgeous shallow waters meet the sugar sand beach of South Beach. The beach features a concrete pier. One word of warning, while the waters are gorgeous and the sand unparalleled, the site offers no facilities or restroom.

Smathers Beach

For those who know man does it better, Smathers Beach may be just the ticket. The man-made beach is a half-mile long and offers every amenity. Concession stands, parasailing, volleyball nets, bike paths, parking, windsurfing and clean restrooms are all available on the beach.

Dog Beach

key_west_dog_beach.jpgYou selected your vacation rental because it accepts pets - don't you want to pick a beach that does the same? Dog Beach is a favorite among man's best friend, although the terrain itself is a bit rocky and slippery. While the site does not have a restroom or other facilities, dogs are always welcome, making the perfect beach for pet owners.

Rest Beach

Those looking for something a bit more off beat will find Rest Beach unique in every way. Key West's only beach featuring natural vegetation, Rest Beach has a wooden pier that is handicap accessible and a favorite among fishermen. The pier features a yoga area and classes are held nightly. No facilities are located on site, but bathrooms are located just a short walk away.

There is a beach for every taste and style in Key West. From dog lovers to tree huggers there is a beach that is custom made for you! In addition to considering beaches located close to your vacation rental, be sure to consider factors such as available facilities, rental equipment, and dining options.

Picking just one of the top Key West beaches may seem like an impossibility so why not try out a few and see just how different beaches can be.

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