South Beach


  •  Photo: Theresa Boehl

  •  Photo: Theresa Boehl

  •  Photo: Theresa Boehl

Duval Street Darling

At the very end of Duval Street, near the famous Southernmost Point Buoy, lies tiny South Beach. Though there’s not much space to stretch out here — the sandy area totals just 200 feet — the beach is still favored by locals. In fact, rumor has that South Beach was the site of playwright Tennessee Williams’ daily swim.

Claiming a Spot

A visit to South Beach almost always means renting one of the blue loungers lining the beachfront — there’s not much room to create a space of your own. Otherwise, simply hit the water, but don’t expect the same clarity and smoothness you’d find at other Keys’ beaches. Also, be aware that there are no public restrooms and no lifeguards on duty, so it’s not the ideal spot for little ones (try Higgs Beach down the road).

For a quick stop and some photos, walk to the end of the concrete pier and take in all of the beachfront action.

Fueling Up

In need of refreshments? The on-site Southernmost Beach Café has you covered with casual fare starting as early as 7 a.m. and going as late as 9:30 p.m. If the café is crowded, walk to eateries just up the road, including The Lobster Shack, Ana’s Cuban Café and Banana Café.

South Beach at a Glance

City:Key West

Country or State:Florida

Length of Beach:200 feet

Access:By car or on foot

Best time to visit:Winter months - best weather

High Season:Dec. to April

Low Season:May to November

Beach Hours:7 a.m. to 11 p.m.


  • Chair and umbrella rentals
  • Southernmost Beach Café on beachfront

Beach Type:

  • White sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular