by Barbara Ann Weibel at Hole In The Donut
I am on the road again, this time on a discovery tour of the Florida Keys, surveying the islands’ best best known and least known beaches. Higgs Beach in Key West, while not as pretty as some of its counterparts, is immensely popular because of the variety of activities it offers.
Higgs is tucked between two piers. On the west end, an old wooden pier juts out into the shallow water. Its concrete stairs are perfect for launching rafts or inner tubes and it is the best place for snorkeling, since schools of tropical fish hover around the pilings. Masks and snorkels are available for rent on site, as are beach chairs. On the the east end of the beach, White Street Pier, reconstructed just a few short years ago following a destructive hurricane, is popular with fisherman.
But the fun doesn’t end with snorkeling, swimming, and fishing. Yoga classes are held every Saturday morning on the large raised pavilion on the beach, and directly across the street is a large Playground for the younger kids in the family. Colorfully painted picnic tables and barbecue grills scattered beneath the shade palms invite family picnics; those who prefer to be served will find the ever-popular bar and restaurant, Salute, located right on the beach. Restrooms and an outdoor shower complete the facilities. Higgs Beach may not be the most beautiful beach in Key West, but it is definitely one of the more popular places for fun in the sun.
Photos courtesy of Barbara Weibel