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Great Children’s Beach

This is a little hidden gem if you’ve got small children. The water is shallow and clear. The woman... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Caitlin S
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Best public beach in Key West

Sorry, there aren't any good beaches in Key West. That's not why you visit though, is it? This... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2018
David F
Omaha, Nebraska
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Maybe it's just a seasonal thing, but we visited this beach in early October based on TA reviews and would not come back. The area reaked of rotting vegetation, and there was no way to get into the water without walking through a decent amount...More

1  Thank bekahchica
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Remember that Key West sand is trucked in so beaches are different than other coasts of Florida. Pretty view the day we were there as it was last year the smell is pretty strong of sewage/not sure what causes it on this part of the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a little hidden gem if you’ve got small children. The water is shallow and clear. The woman who runs the chair and umbrella rentals is phenomenal. They even offer complimentary sand/beach toys with your umbrella and chair rental. My daughter got stung by...More

Thank Caitlin S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really didn't like the beach. The water felt stagnant and there was a really bad smell. The sand was foul. Wish we hadn't gone.

1  Thank Julie S
Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

Sorry, there aren't any good beaches in Key West. That's not why you visit though, is it? This beach has good sand (likely refreshed after Hurricane Irma) but the bottom in the water is muddy, not sandy. Nice for sunning and easy parking access. Not...More

2  Thank David F
Reviewed 27 August 2018

The beach is small and very smelly. The swim area does not have a sandy bottom. It is mucky and nasty.

Thank Kurt C
Reviewed 20 August 2018

We just stopped by Higgs Beach on our self-guided island tour and had no plans to hang around for a day at the beach . . . thank goodness because this was nothing like any other beach I've ever visited. I knew that Key West...More

3  Thank smdaigle
Reviewed 18 August 2018

Key West is not known for its beaches. Higgs is one of the only ones with white sand (its not natural), but the beach is littered with seaweed and small. Its really one of only two choices you have as far as beaches go though.

1  Thank JoshuaL1866
Reviewed 18 August 2018

There is a lot of parking available at this beach area and it is a really pretty area. However, during our visit, there was lots of seaweed strewn over the entire beach area and it had a horrible odor. I am not that familiar with...More

1  Thank Celena B
Reviewed 17 August 2018

This beach wasn't very pretty when we went. I wouldn't recommend it, there are much prettier spots around the island, like the beach inside the state park where the fort is.

1  Thank Nicolle T
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6 August 2017|
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Response from ColoFireGuy | Reviewed this property |
Yes on Higgs for sure, I do not remember about Smathers.
Scott W
4 June 2017|
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Response from Screwball | Reviewed this property |
To be honest, I'm not quite sure. Sorry