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Blog Post - November 14, 2020

We arrived at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Beach in Key West, Florida.

The guard gate entrance to the state park has one entrance for cars and another for bikes and pedestrians. We paid $6 for our car to get in. This allows 2 to 8 people in one car. It's $2.50 per pedestrian or cyclist.

The address for the state park is 601 Howard England Way, Key West, FL 33040

You can look up current pricing and information at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Beach Website

 

After we parked our car and walked over to the beach, we noticed that there are a lot of rocks on this beach.

You definitely want to bring a pair of water shoes as walking to the ocean can be a slow and painful process if you don't have some water shoes.

The beach has both sandy areas and rocky areas. Once you reach the shoreline, you can walk along the shoreline without water shoes as it's mostly sandy.

Snorkeling boat from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

These are the views of the beach from the water.

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Beach
Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Beach

As I swam out I saw a bunch of rock formations that help block big waves from hitting the beach.

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Beach
Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Beach
Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Beach

As you walk into the water, it is filled with rocks. That's why I highly recommend water shoes!

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Beach

There were a lot of pelicans flying around and just hanging out in the water. They were so fun to watch.

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Beach
Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Beach

On one side of the beach they have umbrellas and chairs you can rent.

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Beach

The views from this beach are beautiful. It's an amazing place to hang out and relax all day.

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Beach

Overall, I would highly recommend going to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Beach while in Key West. I can't wait to go back!

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Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Beach in Key West, Florida:

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PRICING:

The entrance fee to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Beach was $6. 

We didn't rent an umbrella and chair so the rest of the day was free.

Total Cost: $6.00

These are the amenities available:

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park is committed to providing a variety of amenities accessible to all of our visitors. These amenities include:

  • Ground-level areas of the fort
  • Interpretive panels
  • Cayo Hueso Café
  • Beach wheelchairs are available free of charge. Inquire on the beach at the Cayo Hueso Café or contact the park office for assistance.
  • Shower station
  • Picnic facilities with tables and grills
  • Parking
  • Restrooms

CHECKLIST:

These are the checklist items I recommend:

  • Bring money for the entrance fee.
  • Bring your own food and drinks or money to purchase a meal from the cafe.
  • Bring your own towel and umbrella for shade.
  • Reef safe sunscreen
  • Snorkeling equipment (mask, fins, snorkel)
  • Go Pro Hero 8 Black video camera
  • Go Pro 3-Way Grip to hold the camera out in front of you.
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