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The southernmost beach in the continental United States is a convenient sandy enclave, just minutes from the center of town.

Conveniently located at the end of one of Key West’s main streets and just a short walk from the center of the town, this tiny beach is the most popular on the island. While its warm water, perfect swimming conditions and stunning views attract many visitors, some visit South Beach simply to say they’ve been to the southernmost beach in the continental United States. Find a spot on the crowded beach to immerse yourself in the lively Key West atmosphere or simply stop by for a quick swim on your way into town.

Rent an umbrella and a deck chair when you arrive at the beach and stake out a patch of sand. Vendors line the path that runs along the top of the beach; you’ll have no trouble finding a vendor friendly enough to help you carry your belongings to the sand. While South Beach is notoriously busy during the peak tourist period, arriving there early and settling in for the day will ensure you have a great spot amid the lively hustle and bustle. Rent snorkeling gear or kayaks from nearby vendors to explore farther afield.

A sign indicating South Beach as the southernmost beach in the United States is a great photo opportunity. You’re likely to find others with cameras in the area; join in. Views from the beach are spectacular and provide a beautiful backdrop to the photo. Pull up a seat in the air-conditioned café that overlooks the beach to gaze across the Gulf of Mexico, taking in the azure ocean, blue skies and wispy clouds. Light snacks and lunch are available at the café, along with tea, coffee and cold drinks. Take a short walk from the beach to find plenty of restaurants.

South Beach is a public beach located at the end of Duval Street on the edge of the town center. It can easily be reached on foot or by bicycle from most areas of the island. Those coming by car will find metered parking along the shore.

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Southernmost Beach Resort
Southernmost Beach Resort
4 out of 5
1319 Duval Street, Key West, FL
The price is £584 per night from 23 Mar to 24 Mar

Located in Key West Historic District, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of South Beach and Southernmost Point. Fort Zachary ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,584 reviews)

"This resort delivers on all the major levels such as location, amenities, activities, and rooms. We felt that there were little details missing that many experienced travelers typically expect such as Bell service for bringing bags to your room, small individually packed toiletries (cotton swabs, ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Mar 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 £219 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar

Located in Key West Historic District, this hotel is steps away from Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory and Duval Street. South Beach and Southernmost ...

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"It was nice that they had a happy hour!"…"

Reviewed on 3 Mar 2021

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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 £687 per night from 2 Apr to 3 Apr

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 ...

3.6/5Good! (996 reviews)

"We had an amazing view, good food and drinks, but I had higher expectations of the room. I’m not sure if we were in an older building but it definitely needs a remodel!"…"

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2021

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Southernmost Beach Resort
Southernmost Beach Resort
4 out of 5
1319 Duval Street, Key West, FL
The price is £584 per night from 23 Mar to 24 Mar
Southernmost Beach Resort
The Southernmost Inn-Adults Only
The Southernmost Inn-Adults Only
2.5 out of 5
525 United Street, Key West, FL
The price is £219 per night from 7 Mar to 8 Mar
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Casa Marina Key West, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
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Avalon Bed & Breakfast
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1317 Duval St, Key West, FL
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