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Higgs Beach

Pay your respects at an impressive African burial site, explore landscaped gardens or snorkel with the family at this oceanfront beach park.

Higgs Beach and its park are one of Key West’s most visited waterfront areas. Apart from white sands, tropical plants and warm water, Higgs Beach Park is also the site of many important historic and cultural attractions. Pay your respects at what is believed to be the United States only African refugee cemetery or commemorate the victims of AIDS at another impressive memorial. A tour through the Civil War–era fort and the Key West Garden Club that surrounds it reveals yet another side of Higgs Beach.

Higgs Beach Park occupies more than 16 acres (6.5 hectares) of beachfront land. The clean beach spans a large area of Key West’s Atlantic Coast, so there is plenty of space to stretch out.

Bring the whole family to Higgs Beach to enjoy the sun. Rent umbrellas and beach lounges from vendors on the beach to add some luxury to your day, before entering the water for a swim. Snorkel in the shallow water to see the local marine life or head further out to sea by renting a kayak.

Just away from the beach you’ll find many important landmarks of Key West. Visit the African burial site, where a large number of African refugees found their final resting place. The nearby AIDS memorial is among the largest in the United States. Explore the Civil War era fort or take a self-guided walking tour of the Key West Garden Club surrounding it. The lush landscape houses many tropical plants, so don't forget your camera.

The park is a favorite among active residents, who regularly come here to work out.

A string of sporting facilities behind the shoreline are a great place to get active during your vacation. Practice your serve on the tennis courts or join the locals for a game of beach volleyball.

There's also a beachside children's playground, as well as a well-maintained dog park.

Higgs Beach is located on Key West’s southern coast and can be easily reached on foot or bicycle from the center of town. Free parking is available at the top of the public beach.


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Southernmost Beach Resort

Southernmost Beach Resort

1319 Duval Street, Key West, FL
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Key West Historic District, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of South Beach and Southernmost Point. Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) away.

    Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort $264
    Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

    Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

    1500 Reynolds Street, Key West, FL
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Old Town, this beachfront resort is in the historical district and within a 10-minute walk of Higgs Beach, Duval Street, and South Beach. Southernmost Point and Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton $310
      The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton

      The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton

      1435 SIMONTON STREET,1435, Key West, FL
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Old Town, this beachfront resort is in the historical district, just steps from South Beach and Duval Street. Higgs Beach and Southernmost Point are also within 15 minutes.

        Southwinds Motel $104
        Southwinds Motel

        Southwinds Motel

        1321 Simonton Street, Key West, FL
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Key West Historic District, this hotel is steps from Simonton Beach, Duval Street, and South Beach. Higgs Beach and Southernmost Point are also within 15 minutes.

          Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel $87
          Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel

          Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel

          718 South Street, Key West, FL
             
            1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Old Town, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Duval Street and South Beach. Higgs Beach and Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory are also within 10 minutes.

            Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Key West $131
            Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Key West

            Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Key West

            2400 N Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in New Town, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Higgs Beach, Duval Street, and South Beach. Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory and Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Private Getaway in Key West
              Private Getaway in Key West

              Private Getaway in Key West

              Key West, FL
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Key West, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Higgs Beach and Duval Street. South Beach and Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Exotic Villa ~ Five Minute Walk to the Beach
                Exotic Villa ~ Five Minute Walk to the Beach

                Exotic Villa ~ Five Minute Walk to the Beach

                Key West, FL
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Midtown, this romantic vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Higgs Beach and Duval Street. Smathers Beach and South Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).