Hidden Key West: Secret Beaches in the Florida Keys

Key West attracts amazing crowds throughout the year. Comprised of all age groups, demographics, and backgrounds—the Florida Keys community of visitors brings brilliant energy that fills out major festivals and events throughout the year. That being said, it’s also nice to escape the crowds when traveling down here. 

Keeping rest and relaxation as our top priorities, we thought we’d help travelers discover the quiet side of Key West, with this list of our favorite, secret beaches in the Florida Keys. 

CB Harvey Memorial Rest Beach

CB Harvey Memorial Rest Beach has been known throughout the years as one of the quieter Key West beaches. It also has one of the nicest views and stretches of sand on the island. This is a great place to kick back and enjoy the beautiful blue waters, and serene sunshine that makes Key West such a beloved destination. 

In addition to kicking back at CB Harvey Memorial Rest Beach, you can also take part in some local activities and explore nearby attractions. There’s a new beachfront park with picnic areas, and nightly yoga classes on the deck of the nearby White Street Pier. 

Bahia Honda State Park in Big Pine Key, FL

Many experts have said that Bahia Honda State Park is home to two of the most beautiful and serene beaches in the Florida Keys. Calusa is the most popular, and a beautiful place to go exploring with the family. It has a number of attractions like souvenir shops, a marina, and a nature center. 

You can also find Sandspur Beach, rated amongst the top beaches in the United States. It was closed last year for hurricane recovery needs, which means that crowds will likely be slow to return this summer. That gives travelers access to an exceptional beach with some sense of seclusion and peace. 


Marathon, Florida is a city in the Florida Keys that stretches across thirteen islands, many of them home to gorgeous swaths of sand. You can convene with some loggerhead turtles at scenic spots like Coco Plum Beach and Sombrero Beach. Few visitors frequent either of these beaches, making them a local favorite.

Of these two main beaches, you may have a better shot at avoiding crowds and getting some quiet time at Sombrer. The spacious, long-stretch of white sand lets its visitors spread out and explore different points along the coast that feel truly secluded and quiet. 

Little Torch Key

Though just over a 30 minute drive from Key West, this tiny island remains unspoiled by crowds, home primarily to locals commuting to Key West or Big Pine Key. Its undeveloped backcountry makes Little Torch Key an ideal destination for fishing and kayaking. The island and its neighbors Ramrod Key and Summerland Key are popular spots for divers, serving as jumping-off points for those headed for Looe Key Reef. 

The perfect place for a romantic retreat or aquatic adventure, you can bring your private island fantasies to life in Little Torch Key.     

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