Southern Most Point Marker
The Southern Most Point Marker is one of Key West's most popular attractions. Throughout the day you'll find people standing in line ready to snap their photo standing at the southern most point in the United States.
The marker, actually built to resemble a buoy, stands at the furthest south tip of Key West. The monument notes that Cuba is only 90 miles away, and just to its right, a plaque commemorates the brave Cubans who have drowned trying to get to America, "The Leader In Democracy." In the blocks around the Monument are numerous other "Southernmosts" -- hotel, house, restaurant, etc.
On the top of the monument is painted the logo of The Conch Republic. Twenty years ago, Key West, seeking to enhance its reputation as a free-wheeling, fun-loving, party without consequence kind of town, seceded from the United States, declaring itself The Conch Republic. Every April, a ten-day party celebrates the event.