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Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

601 Howard England Way, Key West, FL 33040-8395
+1 305-292-6713
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Historic site of a Civil War-era fort, currently being excavated; also has a beautiful beach for swimming and snorkeling.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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601 Howard England Way, Key West, FL 33040-8395
+1 305-292-6713
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed our time at this beach. The cafe was good and the facilities clean. The beach itself is a bit narrow but sitting under the trees offers protection from the relentless sun. Our favorite part was going to out to the rocks to snorkel....More

1  Thank Shelly C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Really glad we went to see this. To get into the water from the beach area you definitely need shoes. Aqua socks worked great

Thank tonsch1028
Reviewed 3 days ago

Take a snorkle or goggles and swim with the fishes by the rocks. There is not a lot of beach, wear swim shoes if you have them. It was awesome!!

Thank John E
Reviewed 4 days ago

I had read other reviews and quite agree this is the best beach! Unless other Key West beaches, there are picnic tables hidden under a canopy of trees that offer respite from the hot sun but allow you to see the beauty of the beach...More

Thank paulalois99
Reviewed 4 days ago

Do NOT make the same mistake my family did and walk there. It is a long walk, so make sure you drive or even ride a bike. The fort itself was very big and cool to explore. The beach was very nice & the concession...More

1  Thank Kaylee G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Oh my the beaches alone in Fort Zachary are worth the extra stop! Excellent snorkeling and cook out areas with shade trees right by the beach. The fort itself is nearby and definitely worth seeing. Great views from up top and the way they "time-capsuled"...More

Thank MrsKrevoy
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We East coast beach goers always expect lots of sand. Key West is an island along the coral reef. DUH. Loved this beach. Clean,cheap, peaceful blue water. The water is calm for swimming. They have bathrooms, great place to eat and a Fort you can...More

Thank Mels49
Reviewed 4 days ago

Everyone told us this is the best beach on the island, so of course we had to pay at a visit! (Before I go any further, let me preface this review by saying I am a beach snob. We spend most summers going to Providenciales,...More

Thank mhbtr
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Zachary Taylor State Park! It was really one of the highlights of our trip. We learned so much about the civil war forts in the area and Key West life in the 1800s. We did the 11 a.m. Daily...More

Thank Leah G
Reviewed 5 days ago

Searching for a beach to relax with the family and spend some time in nature, we discovered this beach and surroundings and we were delighted. You can snorkel, swim, walk around or just simple lay in the sun. Specially if you have 3 kids!

Thank maxmiglio
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28 March 2017|
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Response from PaTravelfan | Reviewed this property |
Yes, plenty of parking, but be aware there is an entrance fee, although fee is good for all day.
Sha S
18 February 2017|
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Response from Cal30Prez | Reviewed this property |
We are here for a month so did not walk from the cruise dock. It is walkable from there but I might suggest in your situation to consider riding on the Trolley tour which does make a stop at the gate of the State Park. In... More
17 December 2016|
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Response from Yanjon | Reviewed this property |
The reason is Seagrass beds at Fort Zachary Taylor HSP are found beyond the breakwaters in deeper water 200-400 feet from shore. This community is composed of a mixture of turtle grass (Thalassia testudinum), manatee grass... More