What Is It?

Like a pin on a map, Key West’s brightly colored buoy marks the southernmost point of the continental United States.

Where Is It?

This landmark is within the historical Old Town Key West area, at the corner of South Street and Whitehead Street.


The southernmost point was first indicated by a small sign until the city of Key West erected the concrete buoy in 1983. The marker quickly became one of the most photographed tourist attractions in Key West. In 2017, the buoy was damaged by Hurricane Irma. Working with the original artist who painted the buoy in 1983, the city restored it to its original glory.

When To Go

The buoy is a popular attraction year-round. The waterfront is especially known for beautiful views at sunrise and sunset. To avoid waiting in line to get your perfect shot, get there early.

What Else

Stroll down Whitehead Street to see the Hemingway Home and Museum, the Key West Lighthouse and the original headquarters of Pan-American Airways. The Truman Little White House is on the way to Mallory Square—the site of a sunset celebration.

More Info

Visit the the city of Key West’s website: cityofkeywest-fl.gov or call