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Most of the best Key West beaches are tucked away like hidden treasures. After all, this is not your typical beach town: the velvety-smooth sand dotting our man-made island has been imported from the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and beyond and has to be occasionally replenished.
Each local swimming destination serves its own function: Fort Zack, where the Atlantic and Gulf meet, is the unofficial gathering place for birthdays, weddings and hangouts of any kind. On the ocean side, Smathers Beach is great for watching kiteboarders or even trying your hand at the sport yourself. Higgs Beach, also on the ocean side, is a sporty location where you can pick up a game of beach volleyball or train for your next triathlon by swimming laps between the piers in the ocean. And at the beach at Zero Simonton on the gulf side, you can relax and watch the sun set over the harbor accompanied by live music and cold beer.
So, in-between gulping down delicious seafood at the best restaurants in Key West and craft beer from local bars, embrace one of the very best things to do in town: soak up that sun at these great local beaches.
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