INFORMATION ON KITEBOARDING SMATHER'S BEACH, KEY WEST
There is a small fake sandy beach which is used for setup. A sandy beach is rare for the Florida Keys. There is a sticky peat bottom close to the shore line and some areas of hard bottom offshore. This spot can get extremely crowded in the season so stay away from people! There are powerlines and a street right near the launch area. Kiteboarding is usually done on the East side of the beach because this is where the crowds are the thinnest. Sometimes the local will put out a slider or kicker. This spot is for beginners to advanced riders, depending on the crowds. They have bathroom and showers along the road. You can also purchase food and drinks from the vendors if you head down the beach a little ways. There usually is a great slick caused by the jetty on the East side of the beach.
High temperatures typically stay around the 80's. The wintertime comes with highs in the 70's with temperatures dropping down into the 50's on some nights.
DIRECTIONS TO SPOT: Take US-1 till the end of the USA/Florida and when you hit Key West stay to your left on 1A (S. Roosevelt Blvd). The park will be around the bend on left hand side.
PRECAUTIONS: Watch the Powerlines and Street next to the lauch area. It is not difficult for you kite to get caught in the power lines. Stay away from swimmer and beach goers!! Also be careful not hit the jetties.
WIND DIRECTIONS: Rideable with E to S to WSW winds.
Contact the Otherside Boardsport for more information on kiteboarding, stand up paddleboarding, lessons, tours, gear sales, and rentals.
Address: 82758 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036