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Go all the way. You might as well.
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.
The southernmost point of the USA
The giant bouy, encircles in black, yellow and red stripes symbolizes the southernmost point in the continental USA, just 90 miles from Cuba.
However, the geographical southernmost point is not here; it lies about one mile to the Westsouthwest and may not be accessible by the public because the point is on a military area of the US Navy.
The place is most time of the day very crowded with a bunch of people around it getting their pics taken.. Best light for photos is in the morning, because the sun stands behind you. We visited the place late in the afternoon and that is one of the reasons, why my pictures not so good.
Key West is the southernmost city in the continental United States. At the corner of Whitehead and South Streets you will find a large concrete buoy which marks the actual Southernmost Point which is only 90 miles from Cuba.
The buoy marks a backdrop for many a tourist to Key West - in fact, there are that many that visit for photos that they have a volunteer on duty to take the photo for you!
The City of Key West erected the monument in 1983 and it is one of the most visited, photographed attractions in Key West. It is also a very busy location and is crowded most of the day, the trick to beat the lines is to go early in the morning when you can also get the wonderful colors of sunrise.
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Standing at the edge of the free world
While geographically, the true southernmost point of Key West is located on restricted military property, a colorful buoy at the south end of Whitehead Street serves as the officially designated "Southermost Point" of the continental United States. Standing here one can look out to sea toward the small, communist nation of Cuba. While Cuba is too distant to actually see from here, it is only 90 miles away. That's less than the distance from Key West to Miami.
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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.
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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.
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A giant bouy, encircled in black, yellow and red stripes, sits at the Southernmost Point in the Continental USA. It tells you that you are only 90 miles from Cuba and 150 miles from Miami. Cute photo op!
Near this bouy is the Southernmost house, the Southernmost grocery, the Southernmost Law Firm, etc, etc, etc.
90 miles from Cuba!
I must admit that I felt a bit of nostalgia as we reached the area known as Southernmost Point at the bottom of Whitehead Street. There isn't much there besides a huge marker always crowded with visitors getting their picture taken, but being so close to Cuba I couldn't help but think of my good friend Victor (VTer fallingnow) and the wonderful week we spent hanging out in Havana. Something else that's worth seeing in the area is the Southernmost House, a beautiful Victorian mansion built in 1896. Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Robert Wagner, King Juan Carlos of Spain and no less than five American presidents have stayed at this historic inn, which still operates as a B&B today.
Okay, technically this isn’t the southernmost house anymore, there’s a couple closer, but this is the original and it’s a really cool building. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a great pic of it because you’re held back by a gate. This is, after all, someone’s residence.
We are going south.
The marker, actually lookis like a buoy. It is located at the furthest south tip of Key West. The monument notes that Cuba is only 90 miles away. As you walk around you will see numerous other "Southernmosts" — hotel, house, restaurant, etc.
On the top of the monument is painted the logo of The Conch Republic. Twenty years ago, Key West, seeking to enhance its reputation as a free-wheeling, fun-loving, party without consequence kind of town, seceded from the United States, declaring itself The Conch Republic. I even met a guy who had a Conch Republic Passport.
In 1982 Key West, and the rest of the Florida Keys, briefly declared its "independence" as the Conch Republic in a protest over a United States Border Patrol blockade. This blockade was on U.S. 1. This was set up so the Border Patrol could stop every car leaving the Keys supposedly searching for illegal aliens attempting to enter the mainland United States. As of today Flags, T-shirts and other merchandise representing the Conch Republic are still popular souvenirs for visitors to Key West.
Some people make an argument that the Southernmost Point in The US is actually one key up, in Boca Chica. But i'm personaly not sure.
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We drove past Southernmost point once and were amazed by the throngs of people standing around taking pictures of a weird red, blue, yellow, and white striped buoy on land. I'm not sure what the real draw here is... Is this the southernmost point in the US? No, all of Hawaii is further south. Maybe it is the southernmost place in Florida? Oops, Ballast Key is farther south. Then it will just have to settle for being the southernmost point on Key West... nope, the Truman Annex has piece of land that juts more southward. Even the writing on the buoy is not accurate, Cuba is 94 miles way, not 90 miles! With all of the tourists, you can't even find a moment of peace here. The odd marker was erected in 1983 and is considered the most photographed point on the island. Why?
Skip this tourist buoy and check out the views from some of the nearby streets which are much quieter. Grab a sandwich and Cuban coffee and have a picnic along the water. Just skip the tourist gathering place.
When my son visited with the Boy Scouts they were allowed to walk around Key West in groups on their own. They walked from one end of Duval to the other.
Of course everyone had to go to the Southernmost Point and take a picture with the pylon that was there. You have to have that picture to prove you were there. On the top of the monument is painted the logo of The Conch Republic. My mom gave my sister who was born in Key West a Conch Republic flag
Some of them also took pictures through the fence of the Navy base on the other side which is the true southernmost point, but it has no marker since it is U.S. Navy land and cannot be entered by civilian tourists (photo 4). They also took photos of the numerous other "Southernmosts" that are nearby — hotel, house, restaurant, etc. (photo 5)
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Southernmost point: popular block of concrete
The Southernmost point is one of the most popular spots in Key West. Except for the concrete block, there is nothing else around. I think that's a pity. 10 years ago there were little souvenirs stands all around, but now the place is "clean". However, it's a jolly place with a lot of crowd. Want a photo of yourself touching the brightly colored block? Come early while the queues are long. My husband and I were not patient enough...
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The Southermost Point
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.
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You must do the tourist thing and take a picture by the southernmost painted bowey. And its on the way to the butterfly conservatory so you might as well take 2 minutes to take a picture. There was a man there asking for tips to take your picture, tell him no thanks (smelled like he had beer for breakfast). They have these fake mannequans there right next to the bowey so that you wont be in your picture alone.
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