I look in the archives and I've been back to Simonton Beach quite a few times and I expect I will be going there again in the future. It's not a big beach, just a block wide but it is quite pleasant.
Rusty was happy to take a break there from our downtown walk, watching the world go by, front legs neatly crossed as always:
Cheyenne used to enjoy a dip when we came by, and I still miss my old Labrador from time to time and she died last February 12th so it's been a while already.
I look at Simonton Beach and it occurs to me there is more parking than sand here and that includes spaces to park cars and trailers as there is technically a lunch ramp here.
It is a small chunk of public land wedged between tall hotel buildings but the views are quite scenic. Here Christmas Tree Island has its own private cloud:
It's nice to see a family enjoying the sand. And don't ignore the bar and restaurant (and restrooms) in the background: Lagerheads. I keep forgetting to try it out when I plan lunch downtown and I'm an idiot for not getting there.
It's a bit of a public spot to leave anything of value lying around so dinghies here tend to have human power rather than outboards. This is also the spot where people launch boats but its pretty sandy so they need a bit of oomph to get anything bigger than a jet ski in and out.
Its a nicer spot than you'd expect in downtown Key West and it's as free as you like.