Southernmost Point Buoy

The Southernmost Point Buoy is the famously anchored concrete buoy in Key West that is constantly surrounded by crowds of tourists and locals alike, each wanting a glimpse of a fabled southern spot. This marks one of the most extreme points in the United States, just 90 miles north of Cuba. There is actually a plaque to the direct right of the buoy that explains the history of the area in regards to Cuban immigration, paying tribute to all those who drowned in the swim over here.southern-most-point-landmarkThis large buoy, located on the corner of South Street and Whitehead Street, is a must-stop for a great photo opportunity, just try to get here extra early to beat the lines of people toting their cameras. On the top of this red painted buoy, you’ll find the logo of the Conch Republic, the official name of this area when it succeeded in the 1970’s. So technically, this isn’t even officially the most southern point. Many locals argue that the Truman Annex, Fort Zachary, and even Dry Tortugas are further south. To learn more about the history of this spot and the old Conch Republic you can attend the 10-day party/cultural festival that takes place here each April, an event full of Caribbean, Cuban, and Floridian spunk!