Local Experts' 10 Best Beach Hotels

Due to the coral reef system surrounding Key West, the island isn’t known for its long stretches of soft sand, although Smathers Beach, Higgs Beach, and Fort Zachary Taylor all offer public access. Any remaining natural sand was prime real estate for hotels and resorts, and the others have improvised by creating their own “private beaches” – small areas that usually offer dramatic views and beach chairs for tanning. Here are some of Key West’s “beachfront” hotels.

Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel


Boasting 129 suites with gourmet kitchens, spa tubs, balconies; plus 93 king standard rooms the Key West Marriott Beachside brings luxurious comforts right to the guests' rooms. A free shuttle whisks them from downtown to this 4-diamond hotel,...  Read More

1800 Atlantic Suites


With private oceanfront access and Smathers Beach just next door, this condominium rental resort is just the ticket for sand-seekers. Suites are fitted with kitchens, a washer and dryer, and over-sized balconies, plus guests have access to a...  Read More



This four-diamond hotel delivers spacious, quiet accommodations, an on-site Japanese restaurant, two heated swimming pools, and a staff that goes above-and-beyond to make guests feel welcome. All 35 of the one and two-bedroom suites are equipped...  Read More



Rooms at the Pier House are decorated in a distinctly Florida fashion, with four poster beds, and several room options including traditional, Lanai (step right outside), harbor view, one and two-bedroom suites, and the Caribbean spa rooms, which...  Read More



This casual, yet upscale property boasts one of the larger stretches of sand in Key West, and a picturesque pier extending over the Atlantic. In-room amenities at The Reach, A Waldorf Astoria Resort include wireless Internet access, satellite...  Read More

Hyatt Beach House Resort, A Hyatt Residence Club Resort
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For a quiet stay away from the Key West party scene, the Hyatt Beach House Resort is a prime choice among travelers who prefer a condo-style approach to vacationing. All units have two rooms, a screened balcony, and fully-equipped kitchens....  Read More

Parrot Key Hotel & Resort
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Opened in 2008, this five-acre property located on Florida Bay is one of Key West's newest luxury resorts. Although it is two miles from Duval Street, the hotel offers a wealth of activities to keep guests busy including snorkeling, eco-tours,...  Read More



Not far from Higgs Beach, and its lengthy pier (prime for watching the sunrise) is Casa Marina, a mansion-style resort that boasts 1,100 feet of private beach. This timeless beauty is listed on the National Register for Historic Places and has...  Read More

Galleon Resort And Marina
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No matter what type of accommodations guests are looking for, they can find it at the Galleon Resort and Marina, which offers one and two-bedroom condominium-style units, studios, and penthouses. Added comforts include a tiki bar, private beach,...  Read More



On a less-crowded side of quirky Duval Street, rests Southernmost on the Beach, an upscale (yet unpretentious) hotel that boasts a private pier and beach, poolside bar, and on-site restaurant. Oceanfront guest rooms grant balcony vistas of the...  Read More


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