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South Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

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 CA $405 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27

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

4.2/5Excellent! (2,646 reviews)

"This is truly one of the nicest places we have stayed. Beautiful, clean, comfortable, high end products in the room which was extremely comfortable. Mischa was the first person we met and he was awesome and stayed in touch with us daily. Yelena at the pool bar was so friendly to everyone. These two ..."…"

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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 CA $164 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

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

4.2/5Very Good! (996 reviews)

"Perfect location, decent prices. Disliked the parking situation and the breakfast timeframe and options offered."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 17, 2021

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Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel
Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel
1.5 out of 5
718 South Street, Key West, FL
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $136 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1

Located in Old Town, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Duval Street and South Beach. Higgs Beach and Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory are also ...

3.1/5 (986 reviews)

"I liked everything, was treated very Nice! I ll be back"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 7, 2020

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Southernmost Beach Resort
Southernmost Beach Resort
4 out of 5
1319 Duval Street, Key West, FL
The price is CA $405 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
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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 CA $164 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22
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Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel
Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel
1.5 out of 5
718 South Street, Key West, FL
The price is CA $136 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
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The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton
The Reach Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton
3.5 out of 5
1435 SIMONTON STREET,1435, Key West, FL
The price is CA $451 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
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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 CA $503 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
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Southwinds Motel
Southwinds Motel
2 out of 5
1321 Simonton Street, Key West, FL
The price is CA $171 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
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The Southernmost House Hotel
The Southernmost House Hotel
3 out of 5
1400 Duval Street, Key West, FL
The price is CA $372 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
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Santa Maria Suites
Santa Maria Suites
4 out of 5
1401 Simonton St, Key West, FL
The price is CA $458 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
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Avalon Bed & Breakfast
Avalon Bed & Breakfast
4 out of 5
1317 Duval St, Key West, FL
The price is CA $199 per night from Jan 20 to Jan 21
Avalon Bed & Breakfast
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