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Smathers Beach, Key West

2.4
#2 of 6 in Beaches in Key West
Smathers Beach features 800 m (0.5 mi) of coconut palm-lined, white-sand seashore with picnic spots and beach vendors. Famous for its tropical scenery, the beach is a popular, exceptionally photogenic wedding-portrait spot. You can rent kayaks or participate in water sports at the site, or go snorkeling to see an abundance of tropical marine life. The shallow waters make it a good family destination, although it often gets crowded during school breaks. Located only 166 km (110 mi) from Havana, this beach was the starting point of 64-year-old Diana Nyad's free swim to Cuba in 2013. Use our Key West trip planner to arrange your visit to Smathers Beach and other attractions in Key West.
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  • I don't know if it was the season of the year I went, but the beach was almost completely empty, few people! The water was not crystalline, on the contrary, it was dark, it looked like a river, because when I went to bathe I felt a mud skein mixed with the sand. The visit was not good, did not like and followed to Higgs Beach.
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  • should actually be a beautiful beach day.. because we have read exceptionally good reviews. but let's put it that way. who can endure it there longer like 30min. respect. - bad stench - the water or the sand partly only black in itself would be here a star still too much.. I give two stars because I see potential. (see picture) It would only have to be completely cleaned.
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