So you want to go to Higgs Beach!
Higgs Beach is where you can go to for snorkeling in the Key West Marine Park.
It’s also where to go for the Higgs Pier.
Do you have to pay to go to Higgs Beach?
Higgs Beach is a free public beach, so there is free public access to Higgs Beach.
And there is free parking directly at Higgs Beach, so you don’t need to pay to park when you go to Higgs Beach!
More below about Key West parking at Higgs Beach!
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Parking at Higgs Beach
The entire shoreline of Higgs Memorial Beach Park is not entirely one connected beach.
You can drive from one end to the other (there is parking at both ends), or you can walk from one end to the other.
No matter which side of Higgs Beach you go to, once you park, you won’t have to walk far to get to Higgs Beach.
The shoreline is right in front of the parking area!
On both sides, there is a sandy area.
But on the far right end (as you are facing the ocean) is the main swimming area where you can walk directly into the water from the beach. For google maps, you can navigate to Higgs Beach near the Higgs Pier.
The Higgs Pier side is where you want to park to be near Higgs Beach rentals, bathroom, and/or snorkeling.
If you want to go to this main area of Higgs Beach near Higgs Pier, then the Higgs Beach parking lot you want to go to is in front of the tennis courts.
If you don’t see tennis courts, then that’s not the side of Higgs Beach park you want to be on!
On the other side of the Higgs Beach from the main Higgs Beach swimming area, on the far left side towards the Edward B Knight Pier, there is the African Burial Ground memorial at Higgs Beach. For google maps, you can navigate to Higgs Beach near the African Refugee Cemetery.
On this left end of Higgs Beach, you can also enter the water in front of the memorial, but you will be taking stairs to get into the water.
This is the quieter side of Higgs Beach, and there are no facilities on this side. If you are looking for quiet, come and take a walk around here to see if it’s where you want to set up camp!
And that’s a bit about Higgs Beach parking in Key West!
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GOOD LUCK PARKING IN KEY WEST AT HIGGS BEACH!
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