South Beach

South Beach featuring a sandy beach and general coastal views as well as a small group of people
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Head to the southernmost beach of the continental United States to relax and swim in the waters where famous writer Tennessee Williams once took his daily swim.

At the end of Key West’s main shopping and dining street, tiny South Beach provides sun, sand and waves just a short walk from the centre of town. The warm waters of this popular beach are perfect for swimming. Here you can say you’ve been to the southernmost beach of the continental United States. This beach is also where author and playwright Tennessee Williams swam daily.

Enjoy the lively Key West atmosphere on a rented deck chair beneath an umbrella. The vendors that line the path along the top of the beach will help you carry your gear to your chosen spot. Head to the beach early to ensure you get the best seat, as the area is very popular year-round. If you’re not one for sunbathing, hire a snorkel or kayak from the vendors and head offshore to explore out to sea and up and down the coast.

Grab an opportunity between the crowds to take a snapshot in front of the sign indicating South Beach is the southernmost beach. Literary types will love the Tennessee Williams quote on the sign, “I work everywhere, but I work best here”. Views of the beach are spectacular and provide a beautiful backdrop to the photo. It’s also a short walk to the Southernmost Point where you’ll find the colourful buoy marking the southern tip of the U.S.

Enjoy the cool of the air-conditioning in the café overlooking the beach. Take in the glorious views across the Gulf of Mexico, where the glittering waters reflect the deep blue of the skies. The café serves lunch, snacks and drinks. Take a short walk from the beach to find restaurants serving up fresh seafood.

South Beach is located at the end of Duval Street. It’s close to shops and accommodation and Key West’s central attractions. Come on foot or by bike from almost anywhere on the island. There is metered parking along the beach.

Top Hotels Close to South Beach

The Guesthouses at Southernmost Beach Resort - Adults only
The Guesthouses at Southernmost Beach Resort - Adults only
4 out of 5
1317 Duval St, Key West, FL, 33040
The price is $247 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 12
Stay at this 4-star B&B in Key West. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (729 reviews)
Great Resort!!!! Excellent and friendly service.
"Staff was great and very friendly. Resort was clean, comfortable, and safe. Room was absolutely perfect! Very large resort with many buildings and amenities to choose from. Our room was right on the beach overlooking the ocean."

Reviewed on Jul 29, 2022

The Guesthouses at Southernmost Beach Resort - Adults only
Southernmost Beach Resort
Southernmost Beach Resort
4 out of 5
1319 Duval Street, Key West, FL, 33040
The price is $256 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 31
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Key West. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 outdoor pools, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,967 reviews)
"Beautiful weekend"

Reviewed on Aug 6, 2022

Southernmost Beach Resort
Casa Marina Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton
Casa Marina Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton
5 out of 5
1500 Reynolds Street, Key West, FL, 33040
The price is $255 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 31
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Key West. Enjoy 2 outdoor pools, 3 restaurants, and a private beach. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
3.4/5 (1,005 reviews)
"Beautiful property."

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2022

Casa Marina Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near South Beach

Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel
Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel
1.5 out of 5
718 South Street, Key West, FL, 33340
The price is $109 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel
Southernmost Beach Resort
Southernmost Beach Resort
4 out of 5
1319 Duval Street, Key West, FL, 33040
The price is $256 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 31
Southernmost Beach Resort
Casa Marina Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton
Casa Marina Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton
5 out of 5
1500 Reynolds Street, Key West, FL, 33040
The price is $255 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 31
Casa Marina Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton
The Guesthouses at Southernmost Beach Resort - Adults only
The Guesthouses at Southernmost Beach Resort - Adults only
4 out of 5
1317 Duval St, Key West, FL, 33040
The price is $247 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 12
The Guesthouses at Southernmost Beach Resort - Adults only
The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton
The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
1435 Simonton Street, Key West, FL, 33040
The price is $275 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton
The Southernmost Inn - Adults Only
The Southernmost Inn - Adults Only
3 out of 5
525 United Street, Key West, FL, 33040
The price is $140 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 31
The Southernmost Inn - Adults Only
Southwinds Motel
Southwinds Motel
2 out of 5
1321 Simonton Street, Key West, FL, 33040
The price is $129 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 23
Southwinds Motel
The Southernmost House Hotel - Adults Only
The Southernmost House Hotel - Adults Only
3 out of 5
1400 Duval Street, Key West, FL, 33040
The price is $459 per night from Aug 14 to Aug 15
The Southernmost House Hotel - Adults Only
Santa Maria Suites
Santa Maria Suites
4 out of 5
1401 Simonton St, Key West, FL, 33040
The price is $359 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Santa Maria Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.