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.

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HIGG’S BEACH

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.

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FORT ZACHARY TAYLOR

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.

DOG BEACH

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

REST BEACH

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.

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SOUTH BEACH

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.

SMATHERS BEACH

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.

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