Key West, Florida Beaches & Golf
The southernmost point of the continental United States, Key West is a breathtaking coastal destination edged with emerald-blue waters, lively beaches and a living coral reef. From the rocky shores of Fort Zackary Taylor State Park to the sandy expanse of Smathers Beach, Key West offers many idyllic strands for swimming, snorkeling, diving, jet skiing, parasailing, fishing, exploring, picnicking, sunset watching, and soaking up rays. Golf enthusiasts will find plenty of ways to test their skills at the stunning Key West Golf Club.
Key West Golf Club
This 18-hole, Rees Jones masterpiece offers 200 acres of scenic Florida landscapes and a challenging golf experience for players of every skill level. The 6,500-yard course, known for its notorious "Mangrove Hole" that challenges golfers to test their skills through densely tangled tropical mangroves, features lush greens, practice facilities, a pro shop, clubhouse, and professional instruction.
Fort Zachary Taylor State Park
One of the best beaches in Key West, Fort Zachary Taylor is a rocky, 87-acre state park with a sand beach and a pre-Civil War Fort. A Mix of sand and coral rock, the beach is a wonderful spot for swimming along the three coves, sunbathing, snorkeling and watching magical sunsets. Snorkelers can explore the rock-pile barriers just offshore for small tropical fish. The park offers a food/drink kiosk, chair rentals, tables and BBQ's. Bicycles are the preferred way to get to Ft. Zach.
Higgs Memorial Beach Park
Located along the southern edge of Key West, Higg's Beach is a wide sandy beach with a long wooden pier. As the second largest beach in Key West, Higgs offers swimming areas, bike paths, covered picnic tables, a pavilion, a playground, chair and water sports rentals, rafts, restrooms, Saturday Yoga on the Beach, and a beachfront restaurant with outdoor tables facing the sand. Plus, a Civil War era fort is located within the park.
Stretching along South Roosevelt Boulevard's southern shore for two miles, Smathers Beach is Key West's longest beach. The popular stretch of sandy, man-made beach on a shallow reef is an idyllic spot for swimming, sunning, jet skiiing, parasailing, windsurfing, snorkeling and volleyball. The beach offers vending stands, chair rentals, bike paths, picnic tables, volleyball nets, water sports rentals, restrooms, and ample parking. You can rent windsurfers, kayaks, rafts, and go parasailing. Step across the dune onto the sidewalk for Italian Ice or a hot dog.
Key West Dog Beach
Located next to Louie's Backyard (Vernon and Waddell), Dog Beach is a canine playground and one of the few beaches that dogs are allowed. The rocky beach is a wonderful spot for playing with your pooch in the ocean, where the sand is soft and the waves are small.
NAS Key West Truman Annex Beach
Situated adjacent to Fort Zachary Taylor beach, this popular spot offers plenty of sand, covered picnic areas, a playground, grassy areas, a snack bar, showers, and fabulous sunset views.
Located at the south end of Duval Street in the heart of Old Key West, South Beach is a small sandy strand with shallow waters, a concrete pier and picnic tables. Set on the Atlantic Ocean, South Beach is a popular hangout with the locals and great place to swim, catch some rays and grab a drink at the beachfront café.