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Old 01-23-2013, 05:28 PM   #1
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Any key west experts? I need help...

We are sailing to Key West with a four-year-old in April most of Disney water / swim excursions are five and older. We were hoping to visit a beach or if there is a resort that offers day passes to swim in their pool. Any help or advice here?
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:41 PM   #2
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Back in November we went to WDW then drove down to Key West for a couple of days.

I would recommend going to Fort Zachary Taylor beach. It is nice there. They also have a snack bar and restrooms/showers. We saw the biggest iguanas there. My kids loved that!!
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Old 01-23-2013, 05:59 PM   #3
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Key west isn't really known for their beaches more for the night life and bars. But we have stayed at the Waldorf casa marina and thy have a nice pool and are right on the beach. Honestly I don't think anyone ever stopped to ask us if we were actually staying there.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:52 PM   #4
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There's a place called Dante's that is a pool with a bar and food. You can relax let the kids swim its free as long as you order food and drinks. Nice place with music
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:29 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone Dante's with the pool sounds pretty cool! I'm not sure with a four-year-old?
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:57 PM   #6
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There is a beach on the opposite side of the island from where the cruise ships dock - Smathers (island is only 2 miles by 4 miles so it's not far) but I really can't say how it would be for a child. We stay in Marathon and go to the beaches around there so when we're in Key West with our kids it's mainly to eat or attend the sunset festivities at Mallory Square.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:05 AM   #7
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There is a beach on the opposite side of the island from where the cruise ships dock - Smathers (island is only 2 miles by 4 miles so it's not far) but I really can't say how it would be for a child. We stay in Marathon and go to the beaches around there so when we're in Key West with our kids it's mainly to eat or attend the sunset festivities at Mallory Square.
Smather's Beach is probably the nicest beach in Key West. When we were there in November our condo was right by Smather's. It is a nice sandy beach, no rocks, but it is small. It is a good ways from the port too. Fort Zachary Taylor is closer to the port but it is rocky so I would bring some sort of shoes. But it is a really beautiful beach! We enjoyed walking around there and looking at the fort.

Key West does not have the best beaches they are rocky. Marathon is much better!
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Here is a picture of Smather's Beach

[IMG] Smather's Beach by Captured by Amy, on Flickr[/IMG]
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I know you asked for a beach in Key West, but if I may make a suggestion, since you are with a little one, try the Butterfly Conservatory!

It is near the Southernmost Point, and though my family and I walked there from the port, it may be too far for a 4 year old. You can find various modes of transport to get to the butterflies, though.

My family and I thought it was the best butterfly exhibit we have ever been to, and we try to visit every butterfly place whereever we go. My 22 and 17 year old loved it, and I am sure a 4 year old would, too (so long as your child isn't frightened by butterflies).

Very, very close to the Conservatory is a small beach, I can't remember the name, it might be called Southernmost Beach? Very calm, no waves when we were there, and there was a restaurant and bathroom right at the beach for convenience.

Just a thought!
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Here is a picture of Smather's Beach

[IMG] Smather's Beach by Captured by Amy, on Flickr[/IMG]
Thanks soooo much for the pic! We have such a short time at Key West like 7:30 am to 12:30 pm (5hours).... I was hoping to visit a beach and walk around a bit and visit the butterflies. But I think I'm trying to do too much....
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I know you asked for a beach in Key West, but if I may make a suggestion, since you are with a little one, try the Butterfly Conservatory!

It is near the Southernmost Point, and though my family and I walked there from the port, it may be too far for a 4 year old. You can find various modes of transport to get to the butterflies, though.

My family and I thought it was the best butterfly exhibit we have ever been to, and we try to visit every butterfly place whereever we go. My 22 and 17 year old loved it, and I am sure a 4 year old would, too (so long as your child isn't frightened by butterflies).

Very, very close to the Conservatory is a small beach, I can't remember the name, it might be called Southernmost Beach? Very calm, no waves when we were there, and there was a restaurant and bathroom right at the beach for convenience.

Just a thought!
I second the Butterfly Conservatory. My DD was five when we went and she really enjoyed it. There was a shaved ice stand close by too which had some unique flavors.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:22 PM   #12
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Key west is awesome and easily one of my favorite places to visit (besides Disney, of course). The butterfly conservatory is really neat. They also have a small aquarium and a few museums. I like the key west museum (can't remember the name - has art and the history of key west). But...one of my favorite things to do is just walk around the island. I would also suggest riding the conch train around the island. My daughter (age 3) liked it and it gave a great history of the island. I don't think that you can go wrong there. I will second the fact that the beaches aren't what you might expect but neat to walk around just the same.
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the trolley is a nice option too because you can always get off to check something out then get back on when another comes by.
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My family and I went and visited Lester's key lime shop. Yes it is a big tourist trap, but we enjoyed it. The place has A/C, great for Florida summer, and lots of free samples. (The key lime chips and salsa a amazing). But the best is the frozen, chocolate dipped key lime pie on a stick. But you won't be able to bring your food home with you due to Disney customs rules.
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Just walking around looking for chickens entertained my kids. It is still the US so it is a good time too stroll.
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