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7 Best Key West Sandbars To Go To In 2024 & How To Get There | Sunset Watersports

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Want to explore the sandbars in Key West but not sure where to go? Here are the 7 best sandbars to go to in Key West and how you can get there.

7 Best Key West Sandbars To Go To In 2024 & How To Get There

A journey to key west is incomplete without visiting the sandbars there. There is a huge number of sandbars in Key West. You can easily get confused about which ones are worth visiting. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. In this guide, we’ll talk about the 7 best sandbars to go to in Key West and how you can get there. Without further ado, let’s dive in.

Top 7 Sandbars In Key West

Although there are numerous sandbars in Key West, here are our top 7 picks. You’ll also get Google Map links to each of these sandbars.


1. Mud Keys Sandbar

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Mud Keys Sandbar, Key West FL

A collection of small islands in the Florida Keys backcountry make up the Mud Keys. The islands are located 5-10 miles northeast of Key West. It can be more or less dispensing on where you leave from. It’s home to several birds like great white herons and ospreys. The sight of mangrove islands is amazing to look at. It’s the perfect place if you want to swim in knee-deep shallow waters without getting too deep into the ocean.

Recommended Way To Get There: Sanctuary eco tour, click here or Rent a boat, click here


2. Jewfish Basin Sandbar

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Jewfish Basin Sandbar, Key West FL



















The Jewfish Basin is a saltwater bay you’ll find in the southmost region of Florida Keys. It’s about 7 miles north of Key West and you’ll find many sandbars here. You can go to the Jewfish Basin sandbar directly as a part of a guided tour from Sunset Watersports Key West for a low price. Along with the sandbar trip, this package also includes a kayak tour, paddle boards, and lunch.

Recommended Way To Get There: Ultimate Sandbar Adventure, click here.


3. Snipes Point Sandbar

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Snipes Point Sandbar, Key West FL

















The Snipes Point sandbar is located 12 miles northeast of Key West and just east of the Mud Keys. It’s much longer than the Boca Grande sandbar and therefore, more people can visit it without getting crowded. This point is also commonly called Snipe Keys or Snipes. The water here is clear and shallow. It’s also popular for a swing made of driftwood that sits above the water being suspended from a long tree. Long walks, swimming, and paddle boarding are some of the activities you can enjoy here.

Recommended Way To Get There: Rent a boat & captain your own adventure. List of boat rental options, click here


4. Boca Chica Sandbar

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Boca Chica Sandbar, Key West FL














The Boca Chica sandbar is among the most beautiful sandbars in Key West. It’s a beautiful place where the water isn’t too deep. You can enjoy fun activities like swimming, and paddle boarding here.

Recommended Way To Get There: Island jetski tour, click here or rent a boat, click here


4.Boca Grande Sandbar


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Boca Grande Sandbar, Key West FL

















The Boca Grande Sandbar is a popular spot for both locals and tourists in Key West. It’s a 180-acre uninhabited island. In terms of distance, it’s 14 miles away from Key West. It’s the westernmost and largest island in the Mule Keys. You’ll see a brackish lagoon on the island which is incredibly beautiful. It has crystal clear water and attracts friendly dolphins. The water level around the sandpaper is normally 6-12 feet deep. You can relax on the beach when you get there and enjoy a romantic stroll. But if you want more engaging activities, there are plenty of things to do including swimming, snorkeling, paddle boarding, and much more. The only downside to this sandbar is that it can get extremely crowded during weekends and holidays. Try visiting it on a weekday if you want fewer people and want it more by yourself.

Recommended Way To Get There: Rent a boat with a local guide. Click here for boat rental and guide services.


6. Marvin Key Sandbar

The Marvin Key Sandbar is located around 10-15 miles northeast of Key West and it’s just past the Snipes Key. It’s situated inside the Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge. It’s a popular boating destination for the people in Key West. It can be tricky to get the Marvin Key sandbar. The rocky bottom and dangerous shoals surely make it a challenge. You need an experienced local captain to get here without a hitch.

7. Contents Key Sandbar

If you’re looking for a quiet sandbar with fewer people, the Content Keys sandbar is the perfect place for you. It’s a secluded place that’s located 23 miles northeast of Key West. You can observe the wildlife, fish, and marine creatures here. Keep in mind that this sandbar has a fragile ecosystem. You’ll need an experienced captain for this one as well.


How To Get To These Key West Sandbars?

There are a few ways in which you can use to get to the sandbars in Key West. They are outlined in our blog post here: Top Key West Sandbars & How To Get There (CLICK)



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