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South Beach
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South Beach featuring a sandy beach and general coastal views as well as a small group of people
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.

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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Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel
Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel
1.5 out of 5
718 South Street, Key West, FL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $107 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
Located in Old Town Key West, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Duval Street and South Beach. Higgs Beach and Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory ...
3.2/5 (966 reviews)
"The place is so comfortable."

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2021

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Southernmost Beach Resort
Southernmost Beach Resort
4 out of 5
1319 Duval Street, Key West, FL
The price is $485 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
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 ...
4.2/5Very Good! (2,527 reviews)
"I thought the property itself was nice and pretty clean. Staff seemed friendly. Not the hotel’s fault, but there was a TON of seaweed and the beaches were unusable. I do think the hotel could have done more to clean it up because it was disappointing to not be able to use the beach at all and it ..."

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

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The Southernmost Inn-Adults Only
The Southernmost Inn-Adults Only
2.5 out of 5
525 United Street, Key West, FL
The price is $269 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
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 ...
4.1/5Very Good! (974 reviews)
"This place was very nice, clean and the staff was friendly and always willing to help out with any questions you might have. We rented bikes and they were in good shape and very easy renting from Southernmost Inn. They had 2 pools which were kept clean. Breakfast was good and easy. The rooms were ..."

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

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Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel
Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel
1.5 out of 5
718 South Street, Key West, FL
The price is $107 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
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Southernmost Beach Resort
Southernmost Beach Resort
4 out of 5
1319 Duval Street, Key West, FL
The price is $485 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
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The Southernmost Inn-Adults Only
2.5 out of 5
525 United Street, Key West, FL
The price is $269 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
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Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
4 out of 5
1500 Reynolds Street, Key West, FL
The price is $399 per night from Jul 9 to Jul 9
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NYAH Key West-Adults Only
2.5 out of 5
420 Margaret Street, Key West, FL
The price is $239 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
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An Island Oasis
An Island Oasis
3 out of 5
630 South Street, Key West, FL
The price is $279 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
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Southwinds Motel
Southwinds Motel
2 out of 5
1321 Simonton Street, Key West, FL
The price is $279 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
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The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton
The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton
3.5 out of 5
1435 Simonton Street, Key West, FL
The price is $609 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
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Barbary Beach House Key West
Barbary Beach House Key West
4 out of 5
2001 South Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, FL
The price is $331 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 11
Barbary Beach House Key West
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