Higgs Beach

Higgs Beach

Higgs Memorial Beach is in Key West, along the southern edge of the island. There are picnic tables and a pavilion, where according to the sign on the rails there is Yoga on the Beach on Saturdays. The paintings on the columns holding up roofs on each picnic table are colorful and whimsical and down-homey, a bit of real Key West. There’s a bicycle path all along Higgs Beach, with racks for locking up here and there.

The path winds along the edge of the beach and past a restaurant right on the beach, at the moment an Italian restaurant. Tables in the enclosed fence area have beach views, so it makes a cool beachy spot for lunch or dinner. Walk a little further and you’ll come to the White Street Pier, which has been renovated. White Street ends here at the beach, and gives out to an AIDS Memorial which serves as entrance to the pier.

The pier is one of the best spots in Key West for an evening stroll, especially in winter. It’s windy and the waves are a little stronger in winter, and the sound of the small waves hitting the base of the pier in rhythmic slap slap slap bang is dramatic and inspiring. The pier opens out at the end and there is so much room you could have a concert here. Higgs Memorial Beach is the second largest beach in Key West, and runs along Atlantic Boulevard.

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