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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 $339
Southernmost Beach Resort

Southernmost Beach Resort

1319 Duval Street, Key West, FL
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 4,165 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    This Key West historical district hotel is 2 blocks from Southernmost Point. Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum are both a half-mile away.

    Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel $118
    Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel

    Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel

    718 South Street, Key West, FL
       
      2.9
      of 5, from 837 reviews
      1.5 out of 5.0

      Located in the heart of Key West, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Simonton Beach and South Beach. Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory and Higgs Beach are also within 10 minutes.

      Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort $416
      Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

      Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

      1500 Reynolds Street, Key West, FL
         
        4.1
        of 5, from 2,295 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Looking out over the Straits of Florida towards Cuba, this upscale resort places guests a 3-minute drive from downtown Key West. The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum and Key West Lighthouse are both a 20-minute walk away. Those who want to explore the island by pedal power can rent a bicycle on site.

        Havana Cabana at Key West $260
        Havana Cabana at Key West

        Havana Cabana at Key West

        3420 N. Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 619 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Key West Golf Club, South Beach, and Smathers Beach. Higgs Beach and Key West Harbour are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          La Casita. A Casa Marina Experience
          La Casita. A Casa Marina Experience

          La Casita. A Casa Marina Experience

          Key West, FL
             
            0.0 out of 5.0

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

            "IN Good Spirits"~waterfront Condo W/wrap-around Balcony & Community Pool!
            "IN Good Spirits"~waterfront Condo W/wrap-around Balcony & Community Pool!

            "IN Good Spirits"~waterfront Condo W/wrap-around Balcony & Community Pool!

            Key West, FL
               
              4.5
              of 5, from 31 reviews
              0.0 out of 5.0
              "deja Blue" ~ Desirable 3 B/2.5 Ba Casa Marina Home Walking Distance to Beach
              "deja Blue" ~ Desirable 3 B/2.5 Ba Casa Marina Home Walking Distance to Beach

              "deja Blue" ~ Desirable 3 B/2.5 Ba Casa Marina Home Walking Distance to Beach

              Key West, FL
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0
                Dog-friendly Home w/ Private Pool - Walk to Parks, Shopping, & the Beach!
                Dog-friendly Home w/ Private Pool - Walk to Parks, Shopping, & the Beach!

                Dog-friendly Home w/ Private Pool - Walk to Parks, Shopping, & the Beach!

                Key West, FL
                   
                  5.0
                  of 5, from 1 reviews
                  0.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Key West, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Simonton Beach, Smathers Beach, and South Beach. Higgs Beach and Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory are also within 1 mi (2 km).