Key Beach Spots in the Florida Keys

Where to find the best beach spots in the Florida Keys, a destination known more for its fishing than stretches of sand.


The Florida Keys isn’t exactly known for having fabulous beaches, especially compared to more famous and popular beach destinations in other parts of the state. Many of its islands’ beaches are short, narrow or man-made. But don’t discount the Florida Keys as a beach vacation destination—there are plenty of great sandy places to hang your hammock.

Bahia Honda State Park (Big Pine Key)

This state park offers up gorgeous beaches—one of which, Sandspur, is a past Best National Beach winner. Because of the absence of waves and a gentle drop-off, Sandspur Beach is an excellent place for everyone from young swimmers to snorkelers and kayakers. There are great views of the Bahia historic bridge too. Amenities include campgrounds and grills, gear rentals, a boat ramp, showers, restrooms and concessions.

Located at Mile Marker 37, Overseas Highway.

Smather’s Beach (Key West)

This is the largest and longest beach in Key West, making it a beach stroller’s paradise. With free parking and the airport right nearby, this beach is highly accessible. Rent a kayak, parasail, raft and more. Located nearby is the Salt Ponds. Early risers will enjoy fabulous Key West sunrises.

Located off U.S. Highway 1, turn left onto South Roosevelt Boulevard. Follow South Roosevelt past the airport.

Sombrero Beach (Marathon)

Sombrero Beach is located a few miles off the main road, which makes it truly away from it all. It is surrounded by water on two sides, where the west side is the best side to catch those beautiful Florida Keys sunsets.

At Mile Marker 50, oceanside, follow Sombrero Beach Road three miles to the beach.

Private Island Beaches

The Keys are comprised of plenty of small, private islands with resorts and comfy amenities to keep anyone happy for a long weekend or a long week. Sunset Key a 10-minute boat ride from Key West is a 27-acre Westin resort with more than 30 luxury cottages.

Destinations: Key West

Themes: Beach Vacations, Family Travel

User Comments

Posted too soon The beach is a little rocky though, especially the shallow section as you enter. Bring water shoes or sandals--my son and I were barefoot and our feet were chewed up a bit from playing near the shoreline.

Bahia Honda is wonderful! Very lowkey, and camping available on site.

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