Southernmost Point
Southernmost Point
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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A colorful landmark buoy and spectacular sunsets make the southernmost spot in the Continental U.S. a special place to visit.
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  • Beth C
    Rochester, New York614 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit at an off-time
    Sure, it's worth visiting one of the most iconic spots on the island. We went on a Friday night in July, around 8 pm, a bit overcast, and still had to wait in a short line, although probably less than 10 minutes. People are friendly - you take their photos, they'll take yours.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Devon D
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    GO IN THE MORNING!!!
    It’s a thing you just have to go to when coming to key west even if you think it’s lame or pointless. Get the photo, it will only take a minute if you go early. We were there at 8am and we waited in line for like 3 other groups to take our photo. Took a total of 5 minutes. Don’t go there at 11am and expect it to not be crowded. it will be! Just get up at a reasonable time and go there. It’ll be fast. I highly suggest downloading an app like Snapchat that shows the busy times at locations and when their not crowded and when they are. It’s a lifesaver.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Natalie Starling-Booth
    Birmingham, United Kingdom1,177 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great little tourist spot
    I always love a quirky tourist spot and this is great. You can stand at the most Southern part of the USA. There was a little queue to get a photo opportunity but the line went down quickly and everyone in line helped each other out with photos.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 8, 2023
  • 2doglady
    Tennessee995 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Why Do We Love This Stuff?
    This kind of stop is always fun, but many people must agree because it was crowded here. Everyone just lined up, got their quick photos, and moved on. So it really did not take long. If you ride the on and off trolley, this is one of their stops. Of course I’d recommend this! Great photo op!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 7, 2023
  • MSDXB
    Milan, Italy49 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic picture spot but nothing more than that
    Seems to be for each and everyone a must have picture spot because the place is crowded. There is sometimes a long queue if you want have a picture with yourself on it and the location itself is nothing special. It is placed in between a couple of buildings and the photo looks only great if you take it from a certain angle. On the bright side, it’s free of charge and it’s close by other attractions, so it’s not a detour going there
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 11, 2023
  • pat l
    Gainesville, Georgia1,105 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Long line to get a photo
    Ok, so there was a HUGE long line here. I really hadn't expected that because the last time I visited I was able to just walk right up. We waited in line for 45 minutes to get a picture. Now, you can just stand nearby and get a picture with others in the background, but if you want to be touching the marker, you have to wait in line. Folks were respectful of others and it was worth it to us - great weather and an hour to kill.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 15, 2024
  • Colleen C
    Troy, New York2,464 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must when in KEY WEST
    Ok ~ so it's a colorful Buoy and just a photo opp; but that why you have to go. We went at night the first day we got there no line ~ people were friendly and offered to take picture for people great experience and even got wet with the high waters. Now during the day we decided to see if we could get day time pictures .....FORGET IT! The line was down the block it was crazy how long people would stand in line to get the perfect picture ~ but again you kind of have to do it while there ~~~~ again biggest TIP: go at night!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 28, 2024
  • Adam F
    Nicholson, Georgia109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth waiting in the rain and getting ocean spray for the photo
    Cool photo spot. Went on a rainy Sunday and there was still a long line for a photo. The water was also rough and crashing into the bulkhead and spraying water over the area. It’s still a must visit!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 18, 2024
  • Mike F
    Antigo, Wisconsin435 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    South point US and Hawaii!!
    Came at about 8:30, parked one min walk away for 2.50/half hr. Got our pics, walked towards duval. Couple coffee options, a nice pier and small beach. Couple good breaky choices nearby. Checked off south point US and Hawaii!!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 14, 2024
  • TrayBN
    Mt Cobb, Pennsylvania527 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Meh
    The actual southernmost point is Ballast Key. This is basically a gimmicky tourist trap. The good thing is, it's free. Be prepared to wait in line if you want your picture taken right next to it. More conveniently you can take a picture from the street with the buoy in the background.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 20, 2024
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Amy H
North Carolina103 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Early in the morning seems to be the best time to catch the famous buoy for a photo; when we ventured over, the line was down the block to get a photo in the front of it. So a kind stranger offered to take our photo and showed us where they went on the back of it to get a photo without waiting in the line. If you have the time and money, venture over to dine at the Southernmost House/resort.
Written February 28, 2020
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nana Walter
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Friends
This place is really unique but there is always a line and you need to have patience and take your turn. Many people will cut in front of you just to get there picture done even though you waited. It is a very busy town so parking is difficult and you do have to pay when parking, It's 4 dollars an hour. so keep that in mind. Very cool place to visit though!
Written June 21, 2021
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572adityav
Durham, NC4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
There are always a lot of ppl in line to take a photo in front of this marker, which is the southernmost point. It is in a street corner with nearby paid parking but if you are lucky , you would get a street parking. Good scenery and location. Dont forget to take the photo of the house beside it which is the southermost house
Written January 22, 2020
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Catherine Keeling
Statham, GA29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
well, let's face it, you just have to have. your picture made at the end of the United States, right!? Expect a line....we first went early afternoon and the line was about a block long. My college student children did not want to wait in line and complained like elementary children so we left. Later, they suggested we try again, so before we went to Mallory Square to enjoy the sunset, we went again and there were only two groups of people in front of us to get their photos. So, maybe early evening is a good time to go ? It certainly was not as hot, either. Have fun!
Written July 3, 2020
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Isaiah P
Kentucky214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
You will have to park on the side of the street if you don’t walk or bike to the destination but if you plan to stay just a few minutes to snap a pic don’t t even bother to pay the $2 minimum for parking here. Worth the sideshow to see and get a snapshot. Can mark this off the bucket list. Do not miss this if already in the location.
Written June 22, 2020
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Biff Simpson
Wilbraham, MA943 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Let’s face it: it’s just a geographical marker like the four corners of UT, CO, AZ and NM. You wait in line and have someone take your picture. Now, if you want an opportunity for one-uppance, don’t stand in front of the marker... step to one side and six feet back and you will be further south of all the other tourists
Written April 23, 2021
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Shannon F
15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I highly recommend visiting this early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping off the previous night's party. The line can be quite long but it does move along. We waited for about 35-40 minutes to take two quick photos with the concrete buoy.
Written June 16, 2021
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Mnorid
Geneva, Switzerland50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Say cheese...at between 6 - 8 a.m. before the queues get unbelievably loooooooong. Wake up before sunrise, go to Higgs Beach Pier and watch the sunrise. Then walk to the Southernmost Point all before 8 a.m. No queues so you can do many takes till you get the perfect picture. Then head to Southernmost Beach Cafe for breakfast. You are welcome :-)
Written April 27, 2021
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ColorBars
Louisville, KY526 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
...take everyone's advice here and elsewhere and go early in the day...the earlier, the better. That being said, we went at a somewhat sane hour, close to 8-ish, and it was still relatively quiet. There were three groups in line when we parked our bikes and joined them. Shortly thereafter, a couple from Wyoming got in line behind us. It was still just us and them when it was our turn, so I gave them our camera and phones and we returned the favor for them. Then the famous giant red buoy was alone for a solid 5 minutes or so. Snapped a bunch of photos with no one standing next to it. Eerie. Of all the potential touristy selfie spots here, this one is the easiest, the most frugal and quirkiest, in our humble opinion. If you're gonna do just one, do this one. It's cliche' And it's classic.
Written May 7, 2021
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DarinBoyles
Florida Keys, FL99 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
I know everyone wants their photo by the famous buoy but for gods sake people be polite and respectful. It’s not the attraction but the people that ruin this.
It’s a must see at least while your in town. But be prepared for long slow lines of people pretending to be super models posing by the attraction.
Maybe it would be better to just buy a miniature version at a local gift shop and take the darn thing home with ya lol
Written December 31, 2020
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