Beach

No visit to Key West is complete without spending a day on the beach. And there is no better beach in Key West than Fort Zachary Taylor Beach!

There are plenty of beach day activities available for the whole family. Whether you’re looking to snorkel and see some of the tropical wildlife, play beach sports in the sand, grill up a picnic, read a book in your hammock, simply lay in the sun, and/or much more, this is the spot for you.

Live BEACH Cam

Click the video below to take a peek at what you’re missing 😉

make the most out of your visit

Swim and snorkel at Key West’s best beach! Discover and become a part of this beautiful underwater habitat. Snorkel off the beach and experience rich tropical marine life such as parrot fish, schools of yellowtail snapper, lobster, and various hard and soft corals. Please note that Fort Zachary Taylor is a coral beach, therefore water shoes are suggested and are sold in the gift shop.

Bring a pole and catch dinner off the west rock jetty. Fishing is permitted on the west side of the park along the Key West Shipping Channel.

*certain restrictions and licensing may apply.

Wooded nature trails are a warm and inviting place to bird watch and discover native plant life.

Bike along the shaded paths along the shore, past the historic fort and beside the Key West Shipping Channel.

Take a narrated tour of Fort Zachary Taylor and see Civil War cannons and construction.

The 54 acre park is scattered with picnic tables and grills perfect for a cookout at the beach.

The Cayo Hueso Café is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily serving up Key West’s finest beach cuisine.

Experience Key West’s most spectacular sunset where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Gulf of Mexico.

For more information please contact the Visitor Services Office at 305.295.0037

photo of snorkel masks and fins.

CHICKEE HUT BEACH RENTALS

Umbrella Set with 2 Lounge Chairs   $30

Umbrella Set with 1 Lounge Chair   $20

Umbrella Only   $15

Lounge Chair   $10

$5 deposit required per transaction on above items

Picture ID required for:

Blue Raft   $10

Snorkel with Fins   $20

Mask & Snorkel Only   $15

Fins Only   $5

Deposit refunded only on presentation of proper receipt

Closing time 5:45

*pricing is subject to change*

photo of a couple holding hands playing on the beach
photo of the beach at fort zach.
photo of two sailboats on the horizon during a golden sunset.
photo of a couple kissing under a palm tree.
Photo of kids playing in a hammock with feet sticking out.
photo of two young girls dancing in dresses at the beach.
photo of a couple holding hands with the ocean and beach in the background.
photo of a bunch of beach tourists enjoying the sunset.

Come make your own memories

Whatever activities you choose to do you’re guaranteed a memorable day. And don’t forget to watch the sunset before leave, you might just catch the green flash!