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Southernmost Point

Snap a memorable photograph from the edge of North America at this monumental landmark.

Visit the Southernmost Point of the United States for a unique photo opportunity and views toward Cuba. Pose in front of the huge structure emblazoned with the words, “Southernmost Point Continental U.S.A.” and “90 miles to Cuba,” for a memorable photograph.

Since 1983, a huge concrete buoy has indicated the landmark. Prior to its installation, a sign was used to signify its location, but after countless thefts it was decided that something more substantial was needed.

Arrive early at Southernmost Point to ensure you don’t have to peer over a crowd of shoulders to see the buoy. By mid-morning many of Key West’s visitors can be found waiting patiently to get a photograph.

Start with breakfast and enjoy a coffee with a meal at a café just a block away from Southernmost Point.

Southernmost Point is located close to many of Key West’s major attractions, including the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and the Key West Lighthouse. A gentle stroll around the coast reveals beaches, tropical vegetation and picnic areas with great views.

Just a block away from the buoy you’ll find South Beach, one of Key West’s renowned swimming spots. Find stalls renting out sporting equipment, lounge chairs and sun umbrellas at the top of the beach. The strip of sand is not large, and it gets busy, but the water is calm and inviting. It’s a good place for snorkeling to discover the colorful species of fish that inhabit the warmer waters of the southern edge of the United States.

Southernmost Point is located at the junction of South and Whitehead Streets on Key West's Atlantic Ocean shore. Reach the marker on foot or bicycle from within the town, or park your car in the metered parking spots above South Beach. Southernmost Point can be visited daily and there is no fee.

Popular Activities at Southernmost Point

Give yourself lots of time at Southernmost Point. Here are some of the top activities:

Do you want to make your visit a little more unique? A Key West Express Day Trip from Miami and a Key West & Hop-on Hop-off Trolley from Fort Lauderdale are both worth considering.

For many more activities, take a look at our Key West things to do page.


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Southernmost Beach Resort $231
Reviewed on Jun 16, 2019
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Southernmost Beach Resort

Southernmost Beach Resort

1319 Duval Street, Key West, FL
     
    4.5 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    We enjoyed staying at the resort close to the water! It was very nice & relaxing to each of us!

    Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina $255
    Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019
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    Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina

    Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina

    245 Front Street, Key West, FL
       
      4.3 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      We decided to stay Saturday night at the last minute.. Reggie at the desk hooked us up with an amazing room.. we saw the sunset from our balcony, staff was friendly amenities were great.. ABSOLUTELY no complaints. "I love it when a plan comes together"

      The Southernmost Inn-Adults Only $139
      Reviewed on Jun 5, 2019
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      The Southernmost Inn-Adults Only

      The Southernmost Inn-Adults Only

      525 United Street, Key West, FL
         
        4.2 of 5
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        We enjoyed that the facility was not overly crowded. There was always room at the pools and the hot tub. Room was clean.

        La Concha Hotel & Spa $159
        Reviewed on Jun 17, 2019
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        La Concha Hotel & Spa

        La Concha Hotel & Spa

        430 Duval St, Key West, FL
           
          4.1 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          It is in good condition, clean, the staff is helpful and friendly.

          Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel $98
          Reviewed on May 3, 2019
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          Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel

          Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel

          718 South Street, Key West, FL
             
            2.9 of 5
            1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            It was my first time in hostel and this place was better than I expected.

            The Marker Waterfront Resort Key West $175
            Reviewed on Jun 15, 2019
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            The Marker Waterfront Resort Key West

            The Marker Waterfront Resort Key West

            200 William Street, Key West, FL
               
              4.5 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Very great location. Close to water, close to great food and entertainment.

              Lighthouse Court Hotel - Key West $160
              Reviewed on Jun 9, 2019
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              Lighthouse Court Hotel - Key West

              Lighthouse Court Hotel - Key West

              902 Whitehead St, Key West, FL
                 
                4.2 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                This hotel was great. It is centrally located in town so it was easy to stop back in the afternoon to enjoy the pool or ac to cool off. Close enough to everything that it was easy to get around but far enough away that the hotel was like an oasis. My room was always clean when I returned in the afternoon. ...

                Duval House $109
                Reviewed on Jun 14, 2019
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                Duval House

                Duval House

                815 Duval St, Key West, FL
                   
                  4.6 of 5
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Great location! Quiet, comfortable room and the staff was out of the world!! Will definitely be back!