Key West is famous for being the southernmost city in the continental United States. When you visit, it’s essential that you make it to the southernmost point on the island, found at the intersection of Whitehead Street and South Street. Here, you’ll see the landmark Southernmost Buoy (a required photo opp) and a whole host of other “southernmost” attractions that make for a fun Key West afternoon.
If you come to Key West, it’s practically required that you make a journey to the Southernmost Point Buoy. One of Key West’s most iconic landmarks, it’s also where the famous “90 miles to Cuba” saying is scrawled. Be sure to stop for a photo – complete with views of the Atlantic Ocean behind you.
Fun Fact: Key West is geographically closer to Cuba than it is to mainland Florida and Miami, located 150 miles north.
Just a block away on Duval Street, you’ll find the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory where hundreds of butterflies of every size, shape and color live in a tropical haven. Learn about their metamorphosis from humble caterpillars to beautiful butterflies and other fun facts. And remember, it’s good luck if a butterfly lands on you. The conservatory is one of Key West’s top attractions for families.
One of the most whimsical historic homes in Key West is the Victorian-style Southernmost House mansion at the end of Duval Street, built in 1896. Today, this 13-room bed and breakfast is easily recognizable for its unique conch shell pink and sea foam green color scheme, making it one of the prettiest houses on the island. The lobby encompasses a small museum open to the public where you’ll find everything from presidential artifacts to Ernest Hemingway’s correspondence. The zero entry pool overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is also one of the most picturesque places to enjoy a breezy cocktail.
Just across Duval Street from the Southernmost House, you’ll find South Beach. This small stretch of beach is perfect for an afternoon swim. With beach chair and stand-up paddle-board rentals, there are plenty of options to enjoy your day in the sun.
The Southernmost Beach Café is located right on South Beach serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with a view. Whether it’s a rum punch at the bar or fish tacos on the outdoor covered patio, this is a great spot to soak in the atmosphere at the southern end of the island.
For a more laid-back lunch on the run, swing by Ana’s Cuban Café on South Street. With an extensive menu of sandwiches, including the famous Cuban Mix (roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard) and fresh coconut water straight from the fruit, this is a popular spot serving good food fast.
A few blocks north on Duval, you’ll come across Archeo Gallery. The southernmost end of Duval is known for its beautiful art galleries and boutiques and Archeo is a must visit. With a focus on design and home wears, you’ll find Gabbeh rugs, African art, fine cashmere and beautiful sculptures here.
The perfect time and place for picking up gifts, souvenirs and other collectibles to remember your visit to Key West aboard Old Town Trolley Tours. The Southernmost Trolley Stop offers stationery, Key West knick-knacks and more.