If you’re staying in Old Town, then you’re only a 10 or 15 minute leisurely bike ride from Higgs Beach Park. One of Key West’s most-visited beaches, Higgs and its neighboring park encompass 16 acres along the Atlantic Coast. Located at the southern end of White Street (or Reynolds St.), Higgs has just about everything you’d want from a day at the beach. Arrive early, and for a daily fee you can claim your chair & umbrella. The staff at the chair rental stand will help you find the best spot and get you set up for the day.
Along with the beach, the park & surrounding area offers visitors a chance to experience and explore West Martello Tower – a Civil War era fort, Key West garden club, Key West Wildlife Center, recently-discovered African cemetery and burial grounds, the AIDS Memorial, White Street Pier, and other events and activities.
With a wide, sandy beach, shallow blue water, long wooden pier, snorkeling, beach chairs, a restaurant, and free parking, Higgs Beach is tough to beat.
Recently, Jimmy Buffet fans who didn’t have tickets to his sold-out Key West show were able to enjoy the concert as it was televised live on Higgs Beach. The concert was free and hosted by Buffet’s daughter. Along with the concert, beachgoers were treated to food, drinks, and live music from local reggae band, The Skank.
Locals and visitors alike enjoy heading to Higgs for Salute! On the Beach. Located directly on the beach, Salute! boasts a full bar, fresh apps, fish sandwiches, burgers, pasta, and nightly entree offerings. It’s hard to beat this beachside cafe for lunch, dinner & ocean views.
If you didn’t bring a picnic lunch or you aren’t quite feeling up to leaving your lounge chair for the stroll over to Salute!, have no fear. Local favorites like Sandy’s Cafe and Cuban Coffee Queen will happily deliver breakfast or lunch straight to you at the beach. Just tell them to meet you at the Higgs Beach chair rental stand and you’ll be set for the day.
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