Smathers Beach, Key West's largest and most well-known beach, runs along the southern shore of the island for almost 2 miles. Beach activity ranges from tanning, volleyball, and watersport/beachsport rentals.
The sand is brought in from the Bahamas (island rumor) and deposited there for your pleasure. Tropical storms have a habit of sweeping the sand away, and nearly every other year the city of Key West has to replenish the beach.
You can leave your surfboard home – the miniscule swell is not even a ripple. Snorkelers have a swim zone to enjoy the rocky bottom and the tiny sea life that live in these waters. just offshore.
Vending trucks offer snacks, beverages, chairs, and rafts.
Getting There: South Roosevelt Blvd., from the Key West airport to Bertha Street.