Smathers Beach, 2601 S Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL 33040
Smathers Beach, located on the south side of Key West on South Roosevelt Blvd (A1A), is the city's largest and most popular public beach. Spanning nearly half a mile, it attracts a significant number of visitors annually, especially during spring break, with approximately 150,000 patrons frequenting the location. The beach is renowned for:
- Being a hub of activity, offering various watersports and beach sports rentals.
- Providing amenities such as beach volleyball nets, jet ski rentals, restrooms, shower facilities, and volleyball courts.
- Its concession truck that serves a variety of snacks, enhancing the overall beach experience.
- Housing local food trucks and picnic areas that provide a unique local flavor to the beach-goers.
This bustling beach, free for visitors, offers rentals for chairs, rafts, umbrellas, and even jet skis. Parking, however, costs $5 per hour from Monday to Saturday between 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM and on Sundays from 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM. For residents, permits are available that are valid for 4 hours, once a day, with no overnight parking permitted. Conveniently located near the city centre, Smathers Beach is a must-visit for both locals and tourists seeking fun in the sun.