Small Beach with Cloudy Water, but it'll do

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by GBlue on May 25, 2009

This beach is pretty average, but it does the job for your average beachgoer. The sand is pretty nice--it's imported from the Bahamas, so if you like the sand there, then you'll like this sand. The water is calm--there are virtually no waves (good for kayaking). The water is cloudy, and nothing at all like the crystal-clear blue water of the Caribbean; it's more sand-colored, and there's plenty of water grass growing in the ocean, as well as various floaters (sea leaves, sea plants). It's also fairly warm (it was in May) and pretty shallow; you can walk out at least thirty feet and still be only waist-high.

In the past, I never really recognized the nuances of a beach. Sand was sand. Water was water. That was it. Now, I appreciate sand that is fine enough so that it's soft, but not so fine that it's just dust in your hand. I like sand that is just granular enough so that it feels good in your hand, and if you spread a handful of sand (especially wet sand) over your palm, you'll see different colors, and different grains. I like clear, blue water that you can see through, right to the ground. To me, this beach was an average beach (South Beach is nicer), but you still get the beach experience, with the palm trees and shade and the ocean breeze.
Smathers Beach
South Roosevelt Blvd
Key West, Florida, 33040
(305) 755-7800

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