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South Beach

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.


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Southernmost Beach Resort $226
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.

    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.

      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).

        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.

          The Southernmost Inn-Adults Only $139
          The Southernmost Inn-Adults Only

          The Southernmost Inn-Adults Only

          525 United Street, Key West, FL
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Key West Historic District, this hotel is steps from Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory and Duval Street. South Beach and Southernmost Point are also within 10 minutes.

            Avalon Bed & Breakfast $130
            Avalon Bed & Breakfast

            Avalon Bed & Breakfast

            1317 Duval St, Key West, FL
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Key West Historic District, this bed & breakfast is steps from Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, Duval Street, and South Beach. Southernmost Point and Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum are also within 10 minutes.

              Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina $212
              Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina

              Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina

              245 Front Street, Key West, FL
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps from Custom House Museum, Duval Street, and Mallory Square. Key West Aquarium and Key West Shipwreck Museum are also within 5 minutes.

                Santa Maria Suites $406
                Santa Maria Suites

                Santa Maria Suites

                1401 Simonton St, Key West, FL
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Old Town, this romantic resort is steps from Simonton Beach, Duval Street, and South Beach. Higgs Beach and Southernmost Point are also within 15 minutes.