Higgs Beach

Higgs Memorial Beach Park, 1000 Atlantic Blvd, Key West, FL 33040


Higgs Beach, located on the Atlantic Ocean next to the Casa Marina Resort, offers a relaxed and tranquil beach experience in Key West. The beach is a part of several parks including the Clarence S. Higgs Memorial Beach Park, CB Harvey Rest Beach Park, and the Civil War-era fort, Fort West Martello.

  • Visitors can partake in various activities such as swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, and playing beach volleyball, tennis, pickleball, and water volleyball.
  • The park offers amenities such as bathrooms, a seating area, a children's playground, and food options.
  • There are facilities for renting beach accessories such as beach chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, and paddleboards, offered by the beach concessionaire, Tropical Water Sports.
  • Notably, Higgs Beach hosts the only shore-accessible underwater marine park in the United States and is the terminus of the Florida Overseas Heritage Trail, one of the nationally designated All American Highways in the United States.
  • For history enthusiasts, the site also offers a glimpse of the past with the Civil War Era Fort, the Key West Garden Club at Fort West Martello, the African Refugee Memorial and burial site, and an AIDS memorial. Free self-guided tours of the nearly two-acre garden at Fort West Martello are available.
  • It's an ideal spot for dog owners as well, with a large dog park having separate areas for small and large dogs.

Despite the occasional seaweed washed ashore from storms and the associated odor, early risers seeking a less crowded spot can enjoy a tranquil sunrise at Higgs Beach, inside CB Harvey Rest Beach Park. The Park also includes the 400-foot Reynolds Street Pier, covered waterfront picnic areas, and yoga spaces. As a note of local charm, visitors might encounter roosters that frequent the beach. The beach access is free, and parking is available at no charge, making Higgs Beach a must-visit in Key West.