At Clarence S. Higgs Memorial Beach, a beautiful stretch of sand along the Atlantic Ocean has both picnic shelters and public restrooms, plus a playground to keep the kids happy. The waters are shallow along this man-made beach. A limited amount of free parking is available along Atlantic Boulevard, with more up the street at Sonny McCoy Indigenous Park.
Along the beachfront is Salute! an open-air Italian seafood restaurant. That hill of vegetation you see beyond the coconut palms is atop the West Martello. Once one of the military defenses for Key West, the small brick fortress is now a public garden. A quiet piece of paradise, the gardens provide a nice view of both Higgs Beach and the White Street Pier.
On the far side of West Martello is the Key West 1860 African Cemetery, a monument to freed slaves who died on this island after their rescue by the US Navy from slave ships; their compatriots returned to Africa to found Liberia.