Smathers Beach Key West Florida

School's out and summer is here! After months of gray, wet and snowy weather it is such a relief to have the sun and warmth. And what better way to enjoy this weather than by hitting the beach! So find a cheap car rental, pack up your sunscreen, beach umbrellas and bathing suits and head for the water.

There are plenty of beaches in the U.S. - the country is laden with exciting and fun summery spots. For the purpose of this blog I am going to focus on a great beach in Key West, Florida - Smathers Beach. First of all, Key West is a great place to go if you are not into large crowds. Believe it or not, it is actually less crowded than most of the Florida beaches. Facing the Atlantic Ocean, Key West beaches are are on the south side of the island.

Not only can you save money by using car rental coupons, you will likely be able to park your cheap car rental at one of the many free parking lots. Entrance to the beach is also free of charge which offers a variety of amenities: picnic tables, volleyball courts, jet ski rentals and restrooms. There are also many hotels nearby so if you do not live in the area there is an abundance of places to stay.

Smathers beach is the largest of the Key West beaches as it runs 2 miles along the southern shore (and is located about 1 mile from central Key West). If you are not up for packing a picnic, not to worry as there are many beach vendors selling drinks and food. And if you have children, there is no better place to be! Smathers Beach is known for its shallow waters - you can meander quite far out into the sea without fear of being taken over by waves. There is also no strong current which means no undertow and hence much less fear of drowning. Of course you must watch your children (this goes without saying) however they will experience a lot more freedom than they would at other beaches.

If you are into snorkeling, this is the place for you! Again, because the waters are so calm you can spend hours exploring what this beach has to offer. The beach is lined with coconut trees and its brilliant views and gorgeous sunsets allow for amazing photo opportunities, romantic moments and the creation of memorable experiences for your whole family.

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ImageRobyn obtained her BA from the University of British Columbia in 2001 in Anthropology with a specialization in Archaeology. She spent a semester in Kenya, Africa where she gained hands-on archaeological experience. She then moved to Jerusalem, Israel where she completed her MA in Jewish Studies and Contemporary Israeli Culture.

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