Beaches in Key West

Whether sunbathing on sandy shores or watching the sun rise peacefully over the horizon, the beautiful Florida beaches of Key West offer a unique landscape from which to enjoy time by the water. In general, the beaches of Key West are comprised of ground coral and tiny pebbles, surrounded by tropical mangroves with their dense thickets of tangled roots.  

White sand and serene water

Regarded as the best public beach in Key West, Smathers Beach features white sandy shores and stunning azure waters. This free beach boasts smooth water and gentle currents, making it both safe and fun.

Delight in the intimate ambience and stroll the stalls near the coastline for food, drinks, and chair rentals. Popular beach activities at Smathers Beach include snorkeling, parasailing, kayaking, and sunbathing.

Quiet, tropical oasis

A quiet alternative to bustling Smathers Beach, Higgs Beach is a tropical lovers’ paradise, replete with swaying palm trees, soft, warm sand, and crystal-clear blue water. Rent a lounge chair and umbrella for the day and feel your cares slip away, or dive right in for swimming and snorkeling. Glide through the water on a kayak or paddleboard, or marvel at exotic tropical fish which can be seen in vast amounts.

Combining nature with history

A natural Key West beach made up of ground coral, Fort Zachary Taylor Beach is a favorite among locals who appreciate the excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities, where nature’s wonders—turtles, dolphins, barracuda, tarpons, and Goliath grouper—can be found.

Take a break from relaxing on the beach and explore two nearby natural walking trails around Fort Zachary Taylor National Park.

Water adventure, relaxation in the sun, and tropical vistas await you on the beaches of Key West, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Gulf of Mexico.

Join us at one of our three relaxing Hyatt Residence Club Key West properties — Windward Pointe, Beach House and Sunset Harbor — for a tranquil getaway you won’t soon forget.