by Barbara Ann Weibel at Hole In The Donut
There is no mystery about South Beach‘s name. It sits in front of the Southernmost Hotel in Key West and is is the southermost beach in the continental U.S. Tucked between a concrete pier and a hotel complex, this tiny shallow water beach seems more like a giant bathtub than the ocean.
It is often favored by locals, but its location at the southern end of Duval Street is particularly attractive to visitors who have walked the street’s 1.2 mile length from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. Hot, tired, and often sweaty, they can wade far out into the turquoise ocean and still be in thigh-high water.
Rent a beach chair for the day or spread a towel on the sugary white sand for free. When thirst or hunger beckon, stroll a few short feet to the Southernmost Restaurant to grab a tall, cool ice tea or a full meal in the open air beachside cafe. And you’ll be in good company, since Key West’s famous residents have long been fans of South Beach, as evidenced by the beach marker, which reads:
“Tennessee Williams, who swam at this beach every morning said, ‘I work everywhere, but I work best here.’”
South Beach is not the best beach in terms of size or quality, but it is definitely best located for combining a partial day at the beach with any of the dozens of interesting attractions and activities available in Key West.
Photos courtesy of Barbara Weibel