Fort Zachary Taylor Beach

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by jaybroek on July 11, 2003

Fort Zachary Taylor beach is part of a state park on the western end of the island. You have to pass through the military base itself to get to the beach and, as the beach is part of a State Park, there is a charge ($5/day for cars - less if you walk or cycle).

The beach itself is a half mile (approx) stretch of white sand between a belt of pine trees and the Gulf of Mexico. The beach and sea are both very clean and not particularly crowded compared to Key West's other beaches. The shallows stretch for about 5 yards before the water gets too deep for paddling.

The cafe serves mainly snacks and soft drinks including fine hotdogs and the area for eating is kept pretty clean.

This is a great beach - it's peaceful, clean and has enough facilities to make it easy to spend the whole day there. The Blonde took to it immediately and, if you're of a freckly nature, there's plenty of shade. If you get bored there's even the historic Fort Zachary Taylor to wander round (or join the tour - included in the cost of admission).

The admission covers the whole day so you can come back later for a great view of the sunset away from the crowds of Mallory Square too.

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
601 Howard England Way
Key West, Florida, 33040
(305) 292-6713

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