“not actually a buoy, not actually the southernmost point!”
A "buoy" (actually an old sewer junction painted to look like a buoy) placed at this point contains a claim that it is the southernmost point in the continental USA, but the claim is inaccurate. The true southernmost point of Florida is on Ballast Key, a privately owned island about 9 miles (14 km) from Key West which includes signage prohibiting unauthorized visitors. The marker is also not the southernmost point on Key West island—a private yard is immediately southeast of the buoy, and the island's true southernmost point is in the Truman Annex west of the buoy, which is U.S. Navy property and can be entered only by authorized Navy personnel. The buoy isn't even the southernmost point that can be accessed by the public—''that'' would be the beach area of Fort Zachary Taylor. Nonetheless, it's one of the city's most visited and photographed spots.
It's not technically the most southern point, but it's the easiest and if it's not too crowded (or if you're good with photo shop) it's a great photo opp for the fam! It is CRAZY busy though, so just be patient. When we went, everyone was patient and friendly, so we got our picture quickly.
Technically, it's not the southernmost point, but I guess it's good to be a tourist and stop there anyways...
it's a touristy attraction. nothing spectacular. just at the end of the street but it's something to get a photo op at.
I'd say "meh" - if you want to take your picture in front of it as a memory of being here then you can go and wait in a long line of people seeking to do the same. It's literally just exactly what you see in the picture though, not that special. I wouldn't take the time to specifically go here.
This is an iconic photo op in Key West. Prepare to stand in line, especially if the cruise ships are in port. We went early one morning around sunrise and the line was short and moved quickly.
Is this just a big concrete tourist attraction on a corner in Key West? Yes. Is it even technically the Southernmost point in the US? No. Will you encounter an hour long line of tourists waiting to get a picture with it? Yes. Do you really need to wait in aforementioned line to get a picture? No. Should you be a jerk and stand on the side opposite of the line and just take a perfectly timed selfie while the idiots that waited in line switch out from one group to the next? We did, and so did many others while we were there.
Yes...you just have to stop by and get the required obligatory picture of yourself at the iconic cement buoy! I think it's the law :)
You should go for the photo op, but beware the long line of tourists doing the same thing. If you're quick you can get a selfie in while the people in line switch out. There is also a cool statue right next to this, of a man blowing a conch shell, and a street art poem.
Nice photo opportunity. Go early in the morning to avoid a long line.
Been here, done that.
I didn't like Key West so much, I thought it was dirty, but I'm glad I was able to get my pix taken here.
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