A lot of people have negative opinions about the southernmost point..house...and so on. Believe me, it is not a place that you will spend all day there but it is worth going to take a look just to say you been there. And yes, take a picture by the big goofy marker...that is the vacation thing to do. Nothing breathtaking...but it should be a stop on your list...and it's free!!
If you've Googled you way to this page with "go all the way", you're about to be disappointed.
With this simple tip, I'm saying that you might as well do what every other living tourist who visits Key West does. Go down to the "southernmost point in the USA" marker and have your photo taken. I wonder if there are people in Cuba doing the same thing 90 miles to the south?
A good time to do the southernmost marker would be when you choose to also visit the Hemingway House, The Butterfly Conservatory or the Key West Lighthouse. They're all on this end of the island.
So, I know this is sooooo touristy, but you must get your picture made by the southernmost point. It's actually a few yards away, but in a military base and you can't go in. Regardless you are 90 miles from Cuba. There is always a line of people wanting to get the picture. Its about 3-4 blocks down from the Hemingway House.
I've never been able to understand the fascination with the Southernmost stuff. If you look in the Key West phone book, you'll find the
Southernmost or (Southern Most)
...Branch 818 NALC
...Federal Credit Union
...Foot and Ankle Specialist
...Grocery & Deli
...Hospitality & Reservations
...Hotel & Resort
...House Grand Hotel and Museum (pictured)
...Jewelers Inc of FL
...Kitchen and Bath Showroom
...Motel in the USA (pictured)
...Old Town Resorts
...on the Beach
...Photo Lab One
...Point Guest House
...Point Reservations & Information Center
...Prayer and Faith Center Church
...Seventh Day Adventist Church
So I took a picture of the spot with the pylon, but didn't bother to go and get a picture of me standing there next to it. It is only the southernmost point in the Continental U.S. (Hawaii is farther south) as Doug (Tugboatguy) points out. I think even the real southernmost Key West point is on the Navy Base beyond the barrier on the right.
The southernmost point of the United States
You'll know you're in the right spot by the posted sign proclaiming the site's fame, and by the street vendors selling souvenirs and conch shells. There is people everywhere; lined up taking pictures, driving by, tour groups.
Standing here you are closer to Cuba than Miami; from here, it is 150 miles north to Miami and only 90 miles south to Cuba.
If you're in Key West, this spot is a must see. The Southernmost Point of the continental United States is marked with a colorful buoy and is one of the most popular picture opportunities on the Key. So be sure to make your way to the corner of Whitehead and South streets. Believe it or not, standing here you are closer to Cuba than Miami; from here, it is 150 miles north to Miami and only 90 miles south to Cuba. If you are so inclined, hang out until the evening, as this is also a great place to watch the sun set.
The Southernmost Point in the US is located at MM 0 on US Hwy. 1, the corner of South Street and Whitehead Street. It is only 90 miles to Cuba from this point. The Hemingway House and the Lighthouse Museum are a short walk away.
Perhaps it was because I was there on a gorgeous day, but I also love the design and views you can see at the southernmost point. Just look at that round-shaped metal thing in the pic and you will see what I mean :)
90 miles to Cuba! On any normal day, expect a line at this point where people are lining up to take a picture with this big tub thing as shown in the picture.
Is it worth lining up for? Sure...just to prove that you have been to the southermost point of the United States :) And if it's a beautiful day, you can also check out the most awesome water view!
Well, it's a buoy. It's embedded in the ground at the end of a street. There are words on it, and if you get a picture taken beside it, you can say you were at the "Southernmost Point of the Continental United States" (although I could swear the island dips further south as you look along the coastline). Umm... that's about it. Exciting!
I am going to go off on a limb and say this is the southernmost pier in the continental US. The plaque reads:
"Emma Carrero Cates Pier at South Beach. Named in honor of A. Emma Carrero Cates. Key West City Commissioner 1969-1987. Members of the Monroe County Beach Advisory Board 1988-2001. For her tireless dedication and efforts in renourishment and preservation of Monroe County and City of Key West beaches. She was instrumental in the preservation and development of South Beach and as Chairman of the Beach Advisory Board helped bring about the renourishment of Smathers Beach."
Casa Cayo Hueso, built in 1896, is the southernmost house in the continental US. It is owned by the Ramos-Lopez family, which is one of Florida's oldest merchant families. They began in Spanish colonial Florida at St. Augustine and moved to Key West in 1819. The family has owned the house since 1939.
The house is now a 12-room hotel and museum. The museum boasts original documents, letter, photos, and signatures dating back all the way to 1486 from Queen Isabella of Spain, and autographs of every US president. There is also a Hemingway exhibit.
The museum is open daily with guided tours from 9am-5pm. Admission is charged and includes access to the grounds.
At the southern end of Whitehead St., a marker stands to indicate the southernmost point in the continental US. Actually, the real southernmost point is on the naval base a few hundred feet beyond the fence. Key West was once the southernmost point in the entire US until 1959 when Hawaii gained statehood.
Just a touristy thing to do in Key West - everyone that's been seems to have a photo like this, I wouldn't be surprised if it's the most photographed place in the Keys.
I don't really know what tips I could write about this place. I don't think many people go there and are unable to contain their excitement because they are standing on the southermost point...Just a cool photo-op and "hey, I've been there!" place.
The picture is of the most Southernmost point in the USA, it's a bit of a tourist attraction and sometimes there is a queue of people waiting to take a photograph of the front of it, but instead of waitinh half an hour I took a photo round the back.