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Southernmost Point

Southernmost Point at Key West
South Street and Whitehead Street
Category: Attractions
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Southernmost Point in the US

The large, red and black concrete buoy on the southwest tip of Key West marks the Southernmost Point in the continental United States, just 90 miles from Cuba. Located at the corner of South Street and Whitehead Street, this iconic Key West landmark is the perfect backdrop for a souvenir photo. Erected in 1983 on the waterfront, this famous monument is one of the most popular and photographed attractions in Key West. Walk to the Southernmost Point in the morning to capture the radiant colors of sunrise.



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  • Southernmost Marathon & Half Marathon
  • Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square


  • Sightseeing
  • Photography
  • Trolley Stop
  • Watching Sunsets

What’s Cool About the Southernmost Point

The Southernmost Point is one of the most visited and iconic attractions on Key West and is an awesome photo op. Snap a picture as you stand on land’s southern end. A short walk away, you’ll find other cool Key West attractions like Hemingway House, Lighthouse Museum, Fort Zachary Taylor Park and Duval Street.

Interesting Facts on the Point

The Southernmost Point is one of the most photographed sites in Key West. This Key West landmark was originally marked with a sign, which was often stolen. To mark the site forever, the city of Key West erected the famous concrete buoy in 1983. The landmark is actually an old sewer junction that was dug up in the area and painted up to look like a buoy.


  • Is it really the southernmost point of the US?

    Well, the monument is the southernmost point in the continental Unites States that’s accessible by civilians. There’s a private US Navy property on Key West that’s just southwest of the buoy that’s about 900 feet farther south. The southernmost part of Key West Island open to the public is the beach at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, which is about 500 feet south of the marker. While it claims "90 miles to Cuba", the buoy is actually 91 miles north of Cuba’s nearest shore.
  • What are the best times to go?

    Morning is the best time to see the marker, when the crowds are smaller. Beat the long mid-day lines to take a picture in the early morning, and capture the brilliant colors of sunrise over the Gulf of Mexico. If you go during the day, you’ll find several street vendors selling souvenirs and conch shells.

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