Fort Zachary Taylor State Park

"Key West's Best Beach"



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.


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


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



© 2016 - Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, Key West, Florida

Park Address and Hours:


General Park hours

8:00am to sunset daily.


The Fortress hours

8:00am to 5:00pm daily (narrated tour at 11:00am)


Cayo Hueso Cafe and Beach Rentals 10:00am to 6:00pm daily.


For general information about park regulations, administration, becoming a volunteer, etc:

Call the Park Ranger's office at 305-292-6713 or write:


Fort Zachary Taylor State Park

PO Box 6560, Key West, Florida 33041


Physical Address:


601 Howard England Way

Key West, FL 33040


Google Map

Beach Rentals and Café:


For information about activities, rental equipment, and the Cayo Hueso Café please call 305-295-0037.


* Please listen to the automated menu, allow 30 seconds to hear all options.


Private Parties and Weddings:


For information about wedding site reservations and after hour events:


Contact Kirsten Corpion, Special Event Director:



For information regarding the catering of after hour events:


Contact Elizabeth Blount



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Directions to the Park:


Follow US 1 into Key West. Turn right, following signs to downtown Key West via North Roosevelt Blvd. At Eisenhower Drive, Roosevelt becomes Truman Avenue. Continue on Truman, 1 block past Duval to Whitehead Street. Turn Right on Whitehead. 4 blocks to Southard Street. Turn left on Southard, continue through the entrance to the Truman Annex residential neighborhood. At the end of Southard turn left, following the signs to the park entrance.


Park Entrance Fees:


Number of People in Vehicle:

1   $ 4.50

2   $ 7.00

each additional person $ .50

Riding Bike or walking  $ 2.50