Pet Friendly Hotels
Bed and Breakfasts
Light Tackle Fishing
Party Boat Fishing
Dry Tortugas Trips
around Key West
Jet Ski and
Nice Tips to Do
Art and Crafts
By Clyde Powell
West Beaches Information
Check out some of the general information and tips
Beaches in Key West.
Where they are my help you
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These are the main beaches that you will find in Key
West plus some smaller ones.
Other than these most all the beaches are part of the major hotels that are on
Before I go any further lets make one thing clear. The beaches in Key West are
not what most people envision Tropical Island beaches to be. Unlike most Islands
in the world the Florida Keys are made of coral. In general the Keys are very
sallow and surrounded by a living reef system. This reef system creates a
extremely large lagoon that the entire Florida Keys reside in. With the Atlantic
Ocean to our east, and the Gulf of Mexico on our west. To most peoples surprise
we have no waves. Without waves you don't have sand. These is good for reefs
because sand and reefs Don't mix. The grains of sand kill the living coral by
clogging the opening to the living chamber of the coral pulp, or the shifting
sand covers and suffocates the entire piece of reef. On the other hand this is
not so nice for the Key West beaches in the way most people envision beaches to
be. Most the beaches are made up of crushed coral, and various sizes of coral
rock with some sand mixed in. If you plan on spending a lot of time on the
various beaches I very much recommend you make a trip to K-mart when you first
get here and buy a pair of beach shoes. They run about $5 or $6 and will make
your beach experience a lot more enjoyable. What also works is regular flip
flops, so if you got some don't forget to pack them. This is really good advise
if you have kids they will enjoy the beaches a lot more wearing flip flops.
Here is some information on some of the beaches you will find
as you drive down to Key West. Some make a nice day trip for the family.