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.