Key West’s Best Beach is a historic wedding venue located in Key West, Florida. This venue is a part of Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, which was named after U.S President Zachary Taylor. Scattered throughout this property are many artifacts from the past, such as Civil War cannons. During your stay, you and your guests can tour the facility and learn about the unique history of this National Historic Landmark where you will be exchanging your vows.
Facilities and Capacity
Key West’s Best Beach features a total of 54 acres. There are a variety of sites that couples can choose from on the property made up of both indoor and outdoor options. Your first option is the Driftwood. At this site, your wedding party can relax beneath the Chikee Hut and take in the scenic surroundings. The second site, which is fittingly called “The Point,” places you right where the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico come together. This site is situated right at the Key West Shipping channel. Your third option is the Beachfront site. Here, couples and guests can enjoy the Southwestern portion of the beach as a wedding backdrop. The fourth site option is “The East Beach.” This site allows your wedding party to experience a private gathering amongst Jamaican palms. These sites can be experienced with up to 500 of your friends and family. Key West’s Best Beach is also the perfect site to host your reception as well. In fact, there are two private sites set aside specifically for receptions. There are also areas set aside for other celebrations like cocktail hour or dancing.
All couples are able to receive event planning assistance as they plan their ceremony and reception at Key West’s Best Beach venue. The team can assist you as you arrange all the little details of your wedding, such as chairs and other event rentals. Also, if you are needing some help with lighting or sound, the team can help you out with that as well.
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Angela · Married on 08/01/2020
A Dream Come True
I cannot say enough about Fort Zachary Taylor State Park as our venue and Kirsten as our wedding planner. After planning and waiting for our dream wedding on April 4, 2020, we were postponed due to Covid-19 only 3 weeks prior to our wedding date. Kirsten was quick to help us find a postponement date, coordinate with the rest of my vendors, and get everything moved over to the new date without charging us a single fee. Furthermore, even though I only hired Kirsten for a "Day of" planner, she continue to check on me throughout the quarantine, and answered all of questions throughout the 4 month postponement and helped me to change my reception venue to the fortress (since now we were in Sea Turtle season) guiding me with rental suggestions along the way.
4 Days before our new wedding date, our wedding was threatened with Hurricane Isaias... Kirsten kept me calm, while quietly researching alternative venues for us in the event we needed a "Plan C;" A direct hurricane hit. Ultimately my husband and I decided we weren't ready to give up the dream and held steady for Fort Zach praying for the best. Kirsten stood by us the entire way.
Fast forward to the event and we could not have asked for better weather or a more perfect day. Everything went off without a hitch!
We had a gorgeous beach ceremony at the point, followed by cocktail hour on the wall of the fortress watching the sunset with our guests. The reception was in the fortress. Everything was absolutely stunning from start to finish. Kirsten coordinated with the vendors to bring my vision to life and I could not have imagined a more stunning, perfect, and amazing wedding. It truly was a dream come true and far surpassed all of my expectations. All of the guests are still talking about how perfect the entire event was from décor, to food, to entertainment, and even more amazed that I was able to fully pull off an event that was so magical from afar, sight unseen.
If you are considering Fort Zachary Taylor for your wedding, DO NOT HESITATE! You will NOT be disappointed!
Thank you, Kirsten, for helping to see our dreams come true!!
Sent on 08/08/2020
Holly L. · Married on 03/06/2020
Dream wedding venue
This place is a dream. The kind of setting you dream about. We had our whole beautiful wedding planned for here, but had to cancel 5 days in advance due to the CO-VID outbreak in the U.S. It was devastating to cancel our dream wedding, but thankfully Kirsten and the team made it easy with no questions asked. They were understanding that we were in a global pandemic and fully refunded. Thank you all, I hope to be able to host an event at this gorgeous time in the future.Sent on 04/19/2020
Fort Zachary Taylor State Park's reply:Thank you Holly ❤️We appreciate your understanding, we are so sorry & we wish the best for you guys! We will certainly be there when you and Sean are ready to host your anniversary party!
Penny S. · Married on 11/22/2019
The PERFECT wedding!!!!
We had our wedding and reception at Fort Zachary and could not be happier!!!! It was absolutely perfect...Kirsten Corpion is just the most amazing wedding coordinator ever!!!! I seriously could not have asked for a better day. Solaris photography and videographer were awesome!! Rev Liz Weinstein was the best!!! I could go on and on.. The staff is the best and so attentive. I wish I could relive the day.Sent on 12/17/2019
This place is so great for weddings, I wish it was my own secret spot! But in all seriousness, the location is great, the staff are so helpful and accommodating, the wedding coordination is very organized and very friendly, and the sunset views, rock jetties, open meadow, wooded trails, and cozy park benches make it a very scenic and special place to get married.
Love shooting weddings at Ft. Zachary Taylor State park...so beautiful....and Kirsten is amazing to work with!!!