Simonton Street Beach is a small sandy beach with restroom facilities and boat ramp for recreational purposes located on the Gulf side of Key West. Most of the visitors are locals. There is nothing spectacular about the beach but it is conveniently located and can be quickly reached by walking. If you don’t want to drive out or hop on the free shuttle to Fort Zachary, this is the place for you.
Location and Access
You can find Simonton Street Beach at the north end of Simonton Street in Key West, Florida. The beach runs parallel to Front Street. Actually, it’s the only beach on the west side of downtown Key West. This convenient location makes it a popular place. There is parking available.
The beach is small and humble but still features a variety of amenities including restrooms, picnic tables, chair and umbrella rentals, a watersport vendor, and a boat ramp. There is a fast-food vendor offering snacks and drinks. You can get delicious seafood, tacos, and beer at Lagerheads Beach Bar. Sometimes they have live music.
The sand is soft enough to put a towel, lie down, and relax. You can also rent lounge chairs and umbrellas on-site ($10 per person). However, the beach doesn’t have a lot of space and can get really crowded so come early if you want to get a good spot on a beach chair.
The shore is rocky and sometimes gets covered in seaweed – water shoes are recommended. There is a nice sand bar to wade out into. The beach is quite good for swimming since it gets fairly deep. The water is usually very clear and you can easily see colorful fish and even manatees while swimming.
If you like more active recreation, you’ll be happy to know there are watersport rentals on site. The beach has a pier – a nice place to hang out with a drink. Another popular activity on the beach is watching sunsets – very convenient for those who stay nearby and wish to finish their evening walk with a romantic view. It’s also a great place to watch the 4th of July Fireworks.
Good news for dog owners – the beach is dog-friendly! The area with the boat ramp is a good place to take dogs for a swim.
- 1 hour 10 minutes from Marathon, FL
- 2 hours 10 minutes from Key Largo, FL
- 3 hours 15 minutes from Miami, FL
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Simonton Street Beach which you can visit: