Destination Guides Key West

The Beaches of Key West

Vacationer Staff
Written by Vacationer Staff

Key West, the southernmost point in the United States, has long been known as a gay getaway and is even considered by many to be the original gay vacation spot. It is seen as the most gay-integrated holiday beach destination in the world where travellers can come, swim in the Caribbean and feel part of a larger community. 

Here’s our guide to the top beaches in Key West.

Higgs Beach (Source: Expedia)


The moving AIDS memorial on Higgs beach tells you a lot about its history: although rocky with shallow waters, it has been catering to gay men since the 1970s. Indeed, the pier at the end is not called “the rainbow pier” or, less respectfully, “the dick dock” for no reason.

Wide sandy beach with long wooden pier. Restroom facilities, covered picnic tables, full service restaurant, playground, chair rentals, rafts and watersports rentals. End of Reynold’s Street.

Fort Zachary Taylor Beach (Source: Flickr)


An 87 acre state park with a pre-Civil War Fort. Wonderful sunset views. One of the best beaches in Key West, though a bit rocky. Public restrooms, food/drink kiosk, chair rentals, picnic tables and BBQ’s. Admission charged. Entrance through Truman Annex at Southard Street.


A canine favorite though rocky and slippery. No restrooms or facilities. Located next to Louie’s Backyard (Vernon and Waddell)


Soft sand and natural vegetation. Home of the White Street Pier where you can enjoy some great fishing. Wheelchair accessible. Yoga deck with nightly classes. Restrooms within walking distance. Picnic tables. White Street on Atlantic Ocean.

South Beach (Source: Expedia)


A favorite of locals. Nice sandy beach with shallow waters and a concrete pier. No restrooms or facilities. Located at the end of Duval Street on the Atlantic Ocean.


Half mile stretch of sandy man-made beach. Restrooms, ample parking, concession stands, chair rentals, bike paths, picnic tables, volleyball nets, watersports rentals – jet skiing, parasailing, and windsurfing. South Roosevelt Boulevard.


Come and check out these amazing beaches as part of Key West Bear Weekend, October 19th – 23rd.

Key West is about to get beary this October when Shane Tate and Bear World Magazine join forces to hold the first Key West Bear Weekend, powered by Scruff.

Check out for the full schedule, tickets and hotel information.

The host hotel for the Weekend is the Island House. Island House is an award-winning gay resort in Old Town Key West, set in a completely secure private compound where the choice to wear something, or nothing at all, is yours. The large heated pool and jacuzzis are open 24 hours a day and their Health Club which includes a gym and Spa area with sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi is the most complete in Key West.

Island House is the host hotel for the weekend with many events happening here so even if you are not staying there, you can still come along to enjoy the events.

Click here to make a reservation.

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