The Mission of the Friends of Higgs Beach is to revitalize and maintain Clarence Higgs Beach Park to ensure that it is a safe, welcoming recreational environment for all.
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West Martello Tours
Built in 1862 during the Civil War, West Martello Tower, like other fortifications of Key West, never was involved in a battle. However, it was used periodically for target practice by the U.S. Navy. Today, West Martello Tower is a national historic site which is home to the Joe Allen Garden Center and Key West Garden Club. It houses a rare collection of native and exotic trees and plants, including blooming orchids. The tranquil site overlooks the sea, and features an annual garden show. West Martello is open Tuesdays through Saturdays in season from 9:30 p.m. until 3:15 p.m.; admission is free.
Find out more:
West Martello Tower
Atlantic Blvd. and White St.
Key West, (305) 294-3210
African Cemetery Memorial
The African Cemetery at Key West exists because, in 1860, three illegal slave ships were intercepted by the US Navy and diverted to Key West. The Key West community was so appalled at the treatment of the human cargo that they worked collectively to provide food and shelter for the almost 1500 Africans who would have been sold into slavery. Despite their efforts, hundreds of them died and were subsequently buried at Higgs Beach in what has come to be known as the African Cemetery.
In the summer of 2002, a team of archaeologists and volunteers conducted a Ground-Penetrating Radar survey in the area of Higgs Beach to locate any evidence of the African Cemetery. Grids were laid out on the ground, and using a hand-towed antenna, radar signals were generated and their reflections measured. The data was collected into a computer, and once processed, clear images of the subsurface structures were revealed. A series of shallow graves was found near the sidewalk on the beach.During additional surveys in 2010, at least 100 more graves were located in other areas of the park, especially further inland.
The site is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A memorial honors the African Burial Ground at Higgs Beach. The historical and archaeological details of cemetery can be found on exhibit at the Mel Fisher Museum.
Museum archaeologist Corey Malcom and board member Gene Tinnie presented at the Africana Festival, discussing the archaeology and history of the slave ships Henrietta Marie and Guerrero, and the African Cemetery at Higgs Beach.
Key West Garden Club
The Key West Garden Club is one of the island's last remaining free tourist attractions located at West Martello Tours.
Plants are donated and maintained by members and volunteers. We are a non-profit organization; a member of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. and the National Council of State Garden Clubs, Inc.
Weddings and Events are welcomed.
For more information visit: http://www.keywestgardenclub.com
The Key West AIDS Memorial is a tribute to the people who have died of AIDS, and have shown a love of the Florida Keys by living, working or visiting here. The names are inscribed on Zimbabwe granite and embedded in the walkway approaching White Street Pier.
For more info: http://keywestaids.org
Activities available to park users include swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, kayak, paddle boarding, wind surfing, and so on.
Bring your pet to run and play off-leash at this fenced Key West dog park, which includes a separate area for small pets, grassy open spaces, shade, and benches.
Tropical Water Sports
Tropical Water Sports, a beach concessionaire, offer users a broad array of beach accessories for rent including beach chairs, umbrellas, kayaks, and paddleboards, among others.
Call (305) 304-0093
Volleyball, Pickle Ball, Tennis and Racquetball
Salute! On the Beach
Whether just dropping in for lunch after a swim; or sunset dining; or making reservations for a beachside evening, when making Key West plans for lunch and dinner be sure and visit Salute! On The Beach.
Salute! On The Beach is located on Higgs Beach, between the White Street Pier and Casa Marina. Serving lunch 11:30am-4:30pm. Serving dinner 5pm-9:30pm. Bar open for drinks from 11 am to 10:30 pm. Please call Salute! at (305) 292-1117 for reservations.
Salute! On The Beach is a Key West treasure. Combining the dining excellence of well-loved sister-restaurant Blue Heaven with the atmosphere of a lovely beach-side cafe, Salute! On The Beach is Italian prepared with with our island lifestyle and tastes in mind. Featuring lighter, Caribbean-influenced takes on Italian classics—with fresh breads, vegetables and local seafood—Salute! On The Beach is a Key West tradition for locals and visitors alike.