Smathers Beach, Key West

Wildlife both day and night

One of the best-known strips of sand in Key West, Smathers Beach has Florida charm with a Caribbean-Mexican flare. Named after former governor George Smathers, the two-mile beach was decimated by - ironically - Hurricane Georges in 1998. Now restored to its former glory, Smathers Beach is once again an excellent choice for a family vacation, a beach wedding, an ecotourism vacation and a Florida spring break vacation. It even boasts newly acquired gay appeal. Although the nightlife can continue until dawn, Smathers Beach offers more than a booze cruise - not only is the surf warm year round, you can walk quite a distance into the shallow water without fear of an undertow.

Outdoor Focus

On land, this beach features a seaside bazaar and volleyball nets. While water skis and sailboards are readily available, the highlight is:

Area Attractions

Area Events

Nightlife

A bar is a bar, but the nightly Sunset Celebration at the Mallory Square Pier is completely unique. Arrive before sunset if you want to see all this free show has to offer - flame throwing jugglers, sword swallowers, tightrope walkers and trained exotic birds. Minstrels serenade while Dominique and His Flying House Cats entertain just over the footbridge.

While Key West has gourmet restaurants worthy of international attention, you'll want to eat at least once at Mallory Square Pier. Sample conch fritters, key limeade and goodies baked by "The Cookie Lady," who barks rhyming slogans to sell her wares.

Accommodation

Smathers Beach has a variety of waterfront cottages, rental homes, condos and apartments, as well as resorts, economical hotels and motels. Contact the Key West Chamber of Commerce for detailed lists.

Need to Know

With plenty of nearby attractions and unspoiled shores, Smathers Beach is one of Florida's most well-rounded destinations. Set off on your own Smathers Beach getaway with one of our deals.

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