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  • Key West | Southernmost Point
  • Key West, FL

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Key West | Southernmost Point

The Southernmost Point in the Continental United States is claimed to be located in Key West, Florida, at the corner of South Street and Whitehead Street.

The claim is not accurate. Florida's official southernmost point is Ballast Key, a privately owned island just south and west of Key West. Signs on the island strictly prohibit unauthorized visitors. During low tides, several sand bars farther south than Ballast Key are exposed, the southernmost one of which is Sand Key.

Additionally, the point isn't even the southernmost point on the island of Key West. Land on the Truman Annex property just west-southwest of the buoy is the true southernmost point on the island, but it has no marker since it is U.S. Navy land and cannot be entered by civilian tourists. Also, the private yards directly to the southeast of the buoy and the beach areas of Truman Annex and Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park all lie farther south than the buoy.

The claim on the buoy stating "90 miles to Cuba" is a rounded number, since Cuba, at its closest point is 94 statute (81 nautical) miles due south

  • Key West | Southernmost Point
  • Key West, FL

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