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Ft. Zachary Taylor Beach - Key West, FL
Perfect beach day
To sum up this post into 4 words: Key West is awesome. If you’ve been, you probably know this
already. If you haven’t, we’d highly recommend putting it on your short list of
places to travel.
Matt & Kristy
Key West offers a small airport to fly directly into, but
you can also fly into Miami or Ft. Lauderdale and make the 3-4 hour drive with
a rented vehicle to Key West, which is what we did. We’ll go into this road
trip in more detail in a future post, but this is one of the few times we can
say we wished the drive was longer! If it’s in your travel budget, rent a
convertible. It’s only $20-$30 more per day than a small car and you won’t
After an adventure filled road trip we finally made it to
the southern most point of the continental US and decided we would look for a
great beach to enjoy the day. Our
research pointed us to Ft. Zachary Taylor Beach, which is located on the south
west perimeter of Key West. There was a small parking fee of $7 per car to
enter and this allowed us to park right next to beach. When we stepped outside,
it was the perfect Florida beach day, like something you’d see on a postcard—not a breeze or cloud in the sky and the ocean looked like crystal clear
blue-green glass. Even better, the beach
never got crowded all day as there was plenty of space for people to spread
Matt and friend Andrew geared up
One of the highlights of the day for us was the snorkeling.
For a fun activity to do at the beach, we’d highly recommend picking up a
snorkeling set. You can outfit yourself with fins, snorkel, and a mask for
under $50. Many of the places we’ve snorkeled haven’t been advertised for their
snorkeling, and it’s been amazing the amount of underwater life we’ve seen.
Just 10-20 yards off of Ft. Zachary Beach it was flourishing with underwater
life. We saw around 10 different species of fish including some 3 foot long
While Key West as a whole is a must-see for anyone who
enjoys traveling, Ft. Zachary Taylor beach is a must-do while you’re there. Whether
it’s lounging out on the beach, walking the miles of pristine coastline, having
a picnic lunch in the park, or snorkeling, this is a great place to spend a day
in Key West!
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next to the landmark town of Waterbury.
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