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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 £192
Southernmost Beach Resort

Southernmost Beach Resort

1319 Duval Street, Key West
     
    4.5
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    Located in Key West, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of South Beach, Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park and Southernmost Point.

    Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel £91
    Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel

    Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel

    718 South Street, Key West
       
      2.8
      of 5, from 699 reviews
      1.5 out of 5.0

      Located in the heart of Key West, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Simonton Beach and Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Audubon House and Tropical Gardens and Mallory Square are also within 2 miles (3 km).

      Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort £264
      Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

      Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

      1500 Reynolds Street, Key West
         
        4.2
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        Located in Key West, this beachfront resort is in the historical district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Simonton Beach and Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Audubon House and Tropical Gardens and Smathers Beach are also within 2 miles (3 km).

        Silver Palms Inn £161
        Silver Palms Inn

        Silver Palms Inn

        830 Truman Ave, Key West
           
          4.5
          of 5, from 1,841 reviews
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          Located in Key West Historic District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden and Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Audubon House and Tropical Gardens and Mallory Square are also within 1 mile (2 km).

          Southwinds Motel £115
          Southwinds Motel

          Southwinds Motel

          1321 Simonton Street, Key West
             
            3.9
            of 5, from 842 reviews
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            Situated in Key West, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of South Beach and Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Audubon House and Tropical Gardens and Mallory Square are also within 1 mile (2 km).

            The Southernmost Inn-Adults Only £139
            The Southernmost Inn-Adults Only

            The Southernmost Inn-Adults Only

            525 United Street, Key West
               
              4.1
              of 5, from 943 reviews
              2.5 out of 5.0

              Located in Key West Historic District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory and Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Audubon House and Tropical Gardens and Mallory Square are also within 1 mile (2 km).

              Suite Dreams Inn by the beach
              Suite Dreams Inn by the beach

              Suite Dreams Inn by the beach

              1001 Von Phister Street, Key West
                 
                4.0
                of 5, from 1 reviews
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                Situated in Key West, this aparthotel is close to Higgs Beach, Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Audubon House and Tropical Gardens. Also nearby are Southernmost Point and Smathers Beach.

                Great Egret Escape Apartment 2
                Great Egret Escape Apartment 2

                Great Egret Escape Apartment 2

                1213 WA Street, Key West
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Key West, this holiday home is close to Higgs Beach, Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Audubon House and Tropical Gardens. Also nearby are Smathers Beach and Southernmost Point.