Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Beach

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  • Henrique S.
    "Nice beach, has a park before the beach and looks like..."(5 Tips)
    Stephane J.
    "Definitely bring water shoes, those rocks around fun."(5 Tips)
    Hilary T.
    "Bring swim shoes!! Beach is super rocky and painful"(2 Tips)
    Matt S.
    "value than chairs and umbrella deal."(2 Tips)
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  • Marcel P.
    Marcel P.November 26, 2014
    Very rocky. You won't be able to put your umbrella into the sand (But you can rent a set of 2 chairs and 1 umbrella for 30 $). And you should use water shoes. But it's a beautiful beach though.
  • Mariana G.
    Mariana GuedesSeptember 8, 2015
    The beach is very beautiful and yes, rocky. Not worthy to go by walk: long distance walk from entrance. Try to reserve a full day to stay here, they have picnic tables and shower.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BelluardoSeptember 24, 2016
    Who said key west didn't have beaches. Well that's what I thought until we found this gem. Awesome beach. Great crystal clear water. Clean beach with a place to eat is a plus.
  • Allison C.
    Allison CollisterApril 21, 2013
    A bit rocky? That's a frickin understatement. Do not expect to be able to go near or in the water without water shoes. Also take advantage of the available umbrella and chair rentals - worth it.
  • David C.
    David ChampionFebruary 11
    Definitely drive of ride a bike- it is a bit of a distance from the entrance to to beach... the cafe has beer but not allowed in the beach so must consume at the tables there
  • Stephane J.
    Perfect for day at the beach , concessions, bathrooms and parking. Wish I had thought to bbq. Definitely bring water shoes, those rocks around fun.
  • Paul G.
    Paul GarlockJune 14, 2013
    Make sure you shout "fins up!" And hold hands above head in a dorsal fin position as you sprint obnoxiously into the water!! Nah don't do that. Respect the marine life and don't leave anything behind!
  • Annie W.
    Annie WestMay 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    After your swim. Sit down and let the water push you back up the beach. (To the right of umbrellas facing horizon) DO A DOWN DOG and you are out! No ouchies on the feet!
  • Giorgia B.
    Giorgia BellocchioAugust 23, 2014
    Nice beach in front of the pinewood, with a bar and umbrellas&chairs. There are many rocks but there an amazing sight!
  • Taty F.
    Taty FernandezJune 8, 2015
    Love it! Amazing beach. Parking, chair and umbrella rentals and food spot. Great place for a picnic ir a barbecue. Showers and restrooms also available.
  • Natalie
    NatalieSeptember 5, 2010
    Absolutely gorgeous turquoise-blue water, but the sand is rocky, so come prepared! Jesse, who works at the rentals booth is awesome, gave us so much info on good places to eat in Key West!
  • @LorenzoAgustin ☆
    @LorenzoAgustin ☆August 31, 2011
    Don't be cheap. Pay the entrance fee to park your car. You'll thank me later! (The walk from gate-to-beach may be long for some people & kids.. just sayin'..)
  • Frankie V.
    Frankie VerdiAugust 21, 2012
    Bring cash. There is a small restaurant that serves booze, a shop, and a chair/umbrella/snorkel rental, but they only accept cash. There is an ATM if you forget though.
  • Steve H.
    Steve HannemanDecember 14, 2012
    Great beach. Bring swim shoes - the coral hurts! Other than that, plenty of room with few people. Great place to see the sunset.
  • Matt S.
    Matt ScruggsSeptember 30, 2012
    Nice beach but very rocky, even into the ocean a bit. Cash only grill. Get the personal floats, much better value than chairs and umbrella deal.
  • Nick T.
    Nick TalbotSeptember 9, 2011
    Little rocky,descent snorkeling,cash only for chairs & food stand,pretty waters & beach.locals say its the best beach,small entrance fee to enter park
  • Scott D.
    Scott DunhamAugust 16, 2014
    Great beach, food available. Great rocks to climb. Spent all day. Short walk to historic Fort.
  • Kelli T.
    Kelli TolockaOctober 25, 2014
    Awesome place to watch sunset away from the crowds of Mallory Square!
  • Piya
    PiyaDecember 26, 2013
    Not a very sandy beach...filled with rocks and pebbles...watch out...but good for swimming once you can navigate past them out into deepr waters
  • Wrigley F.
    Wrigley FielderApril 10, 2014
    Just like Duval Street, this place is inundated with cruise line tourists even on a weekday until they head back to the boats at 3:30pm
  • courtney c.
    courtney choateFebruary 21, 2016
    The beach was beautiful! I was surprised how few people were there.
  • Tara G.
    Tara GangiJanuary 22, 2011
    Best public beach on the island, make sure to bring sandals or watershoes bc the shore is really rocky due to the coral.
  • Mikala H.
    Mikala HardenFebruary 10, 2013
    I like Southernmost Beach better. The chairs are $5 cheaper and no rocky sand. Plus you can drink.
  • Marcia D.
    Marcia DunsmoreFebruary 11, 2016
    Great place to bike and bring a picnic. Only $2.50 if biking. Nice beach.
  • Virginia L.
    Virginia LukeNovember 4, 2013
    Lovely waters. Epic snorkeling. Foot breaking rocks on the beach. /: Be careful.
  • Sirine K.
    Sirine KasmiOctober 9, 2015
    The place to be!!! 7$ to pay per car , less for walkers ! Amazing tropical beach
  • Thomas G.
    Thomas GuibasJanuary 19
    Centuries of history. At this fort. 11 AM tour very good.
  • Amber K.
    Amber KippJune 20, 2012
    Beach gets crowded with lots of tourists but the fort alone is worth the admission fee.
  • Donna P.
    Donna PerdueJanuary 24, 2012
    Absolutely beautiful! Pay $3 to get in for the day, but enjoy the beaches (cleanest on the island) and trails.
  • Jerry B.
    Jerry BurkettJuly 6, 2016
    Best place to see the sunset in Key West.
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BlackMarch 24, 2013
    Best beach in Key West and I should know since I've been to them all.
  • Israfil A.
    Israfil AJanuary 2, 2013
    If u want to use card to get chairs and an umbrella, its possible. Just ask personnel.
  • Cody L.
    Cody LeeSeptember 9, 2011
    Best beach in Key West. "No alcohol allowed" so be sure you stash your own booze
  • lauren g.
    lauren gilesJanuary 30, 2012
    Best beach to go snorkeling, especially right next to the rocks.
  • Sarp E.
    Sarp ErkayaJanuary 5, 2016
    A bit rocky beach. But still the best one in KW.
  • Demetrios S.
    Demetrios StakiasJuly 23, 2010
    excellent history. an almost forgotten park, similar style to fort jefferson. beautiful, but buy some swimming shows for the rocky corals all over
  • William B.
    William BurbuleaDecember 26, 2013
    Bring shoes or Crocs if going swimming, super rocky beach.
  • Hilary T.
    Hilary TomenyMay 30, 2015
    Bring swim shoes!! Beach is super rocky and painful
  • Mike M.
    Mike MongoJuly 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The snorkeling around the big two rock piles is worth hours of relaxing viewing pleasure.
  • Anjel E.
    Anjel EileenJuly 11, 2013
    Nice place, but extremely rocky. If you go here probably a good idea to have water shoes.
  • Mary Beth K.
    Mary Beth KooperApril 26, 2014
    Great place for a bike ride, picnic and a dip in the ocean!
  • Henrique S.
    Henrique SalesJuly 17, 2014
    Nice beach, has a park before the beach and looks like American movies
  • Lisa T.
    Lisa TorresMay 18, 2013
    Worst beach for swimming especially with small children. Full of rocks and you definitely need beach shoes. Great if you plan to sit on a lounge chair and not move or go snorkeling :-(
  • Wrigley F.
    Wrigley FielderApril 28, 2014
    Check keywestcity.com for the cruise ship schedule to avoid the crush.
  • scott k.
    scott kochMarch 20, 2013
    Nice beach but bring flip flops. The sand here sucks. Ouch, ouu, eee that hurts
  • Mariann M.
    Mariann MarinoJune 16, 2015
    Fort Taylor is a most to see, and take a tour very interesting.
  • Dan M.
    Dan MurphyJune 30, 2012
    Next best, semi-private beach in Key West (to Sunset Key.)
  • Brendan L.
    Brendan LewisMay 13, 2013
    This is an amazing place to stand on the beach and formally accept a job at Foursquare.
  • Ashley G.
    Ashley GlazerMarch 23, 2013
    If you go barefoot it will hurt. No sand just rocks!
  • lynne j.
    lynne jansonsJanuary 4, 2015
    the best sunset views
  • Grace S.
    Grace SeidelJune 27, 2012
    Best sunset in Key West. Peaceful and romantic.
  • Annie W.
    Annie WestJune 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best and only swimming beach in Key West!
  • Dave G.
    Dave GAugust 13, 2014
    Only beach in Key West (that I know of) that has sand...
  • Roy N.
    Roy NewtonJuly 14, 2014
    Credit card now accepted for all rentals.
  • Liz A.
    Liz ApplegateSeptember 5, 2011
    Nice quiet beach with less tourists. Bonus!
  • Mike M.
    Mike MongoOctober 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best place to relax.
  • Marta R.
    Marta RizzoloOctober 14, 2013
    Beautiful relaxing
  • JOSH H.
    JOSH HARRISONJuly 6, 2012
    Rocky bottom, bring water shoes and cash
  • Kelsey S.
    Kelsey StowellJune 5, 2012
    Best views for the Power Boat races if you don't have passes!
  • 'Denis S.
    'Denis S'September 11, 2014
    Best beach in Key West!
  • Horacio S.
    Horacio SanchezDecember 9, 2015
    Best beach in Key West!
  • Scott F.
    Scott FornwallNovember 27, 2015
    A little odd getting around, but a nice Park.
  • Anyeley H.
    Anyeley HallovaJanuary 21, 2015
    Met my husband here, got married here.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FreemanApril 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The water was amazing
  • Cristian M.
    Cristian MaysonetMarch 10, 2014
    Bring your food the shack is overpriced and crappy food. Lets put it this way, airport food is better quality and better price
  • Jana
    JanaMay 31, 2013
    Wear some beach shoes.
  • Bill S.
    Bill SiegfriedMay 26, 2011
    The gay beach is closer to the rocky jet out.
  • Arnaldo C.
    Arnaldo CruzMay 6, 2013
    A piece of paradise !
  • Kara S.
    Kara SpadaMay 3, 2016
    Don't go without shoes !!!
  • Greg W.
    Greg WilliamsDecember 5, 2014
    pirate invasion week
  • joao a.
    joao alvarengaJuly 23, 2013
    One beer ?
  • Karl F.
    Karl FenskeJanuary 11, 2014
    Surf socks are a must. Beach is rocky with reef remains.
  • Lucas L.
    Lucas LavrasNovember 1, 2016
    Sensacional!!! Não deixe de entrar neste parque!!! Foram os 7usd (para 2 pessoas), mais bem gastos. Praia calma, água clara, gente bonita. Tem uma área para pic-nic. Leve seu lanchinho e passe o dia.
  • Alain T.
    Alain TappyOctober 15, 2015
    LA plage a choisir sur Key West. 2$ l'entrée (prix incluant la visite du fort) pour une plage très agréable avec une eau magnifique !!!
  • Jan S.
    Jan SchättigerMarch 16, 2016
    Das Meer und der erste Eindruck waren sehr gut, allerdings kann man den Strand total vergessen. Klein und steinig.
  • Jane L.
    Jane LimaAugust 21, 2015
    Ande um pouco mais na direção oposta a praia normal e ao estacionamento que dai sim encontra esse mar lindo. É uma pequena reserva.
  • Sirine K.
    Sirine KasmiOctober 9, 2015
    Magnifique plage tropicale situé au dernier point de key west 😍 Faites attention aux rochers et coraux dans l'eau
  • Fortunato P.
    História americana...Nunca é demais conhecer e admirar e ainda poder curtir uma das melhores praias de Key West.
  • Federico E.
    Federico EscobarAugust 16, 2015
    La mejor vista del atardecer de Key West! Una playa limpia y organizada muy buena para pasar la tarde.
  • Vicky V.
    Vicky VargasMarch 8, 2016
    Excelente para quedarse y mirar el atardecer con los veleros pasando de fondo
  • Gustavo L.
    Gustavo LimaSeptember 19, 2015
    Excelente lugar para passar o fim de tarde. Praia tranquila e linda. Vale a pena ;)
  • Евгений Ф.
    Периодически летают истребители - охраняют границу. Пляж, увы не Ах ! Не как на Сейшелах - но для хорошего времяпровождения сойдёт - есть столики, лавки, мангалы: всё бесплатно !
  • Atsunori A.
    Atsunori AndoNovember 16, 2015
    É um local para passar o dia e fazer um churrasco e caminhada, mas forte em si não é nada demais
  • Fernando S.
    Fernando SantiagoJune 29, 2015
    Praia muito bonita com coqueiros, areia branca, Golfinhos e boa estrutura.
  • Vitaly F.
    Vitaly FufaevSeptember 26, 2013
    Если вы решили здесь покупаться, обязательно заплатите за въезд и возьмите тапочки, здесь одна галька. Въезд 7$
  • Maria Guillermina P.
    Muy linda la playa! Un diez!
  • Massimo B.
    Massimo BolognaOctober 13, 2014
    La spiaggia più bella di Key West
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