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South Beach

South Beach

A 200-foot-long pocket beach tucked away at the lower end of Duval Street, South Beach is bounded by the back wall of a resort development on the east end and the South Beach Pier on the west. The primary features of South beach are the Southernmost Beach Café and the many tourists who make their way over to the beach and pier after visiting the Southernmost Point marker one block to the west at the end of Whitehead Street. A lack of public restrooms or other comfort facilities and a somewhat over-commercialized, crowded atmosphere keep South off my list of day-trip destination Key West beaches. However, South Beach is still quite nice, a very functional beach that can fill some specialized beach-going needs, and many visitors and locals alike call it their favorite. In fact, Key West lore has the playwright Tennessee Williams coming to South Beach for a swim nearly every day during the years he spent in Key West.

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