OK, so technically the southernmost point in the United States is in Hawaii, and the lower 48’s southernmost point is in Ballast Key, Florida. But since when did Florida ever let facts get in the way of a good tourist attraction? Sidle up to the landmark buoy and get your requisite selfie, then block whichever geography geek tries to call you out.
If you don’t have time to get out to America’s most overlooked National Park, plenty of operations in Key West offer the opportunity to stick your head in the water and see some colorful marine life. And even after Irma, Dennison says visibility is just fine. “A lot of guests have gone and said they had a great time, they’ve had no issues and say the visibility was great” he says. If you’re looking to go, he suggests Fury, Sebago, and Sunset Watersports.
The Hemingway vibe on this island is strong, and its newest attraction is an 8,000-square-foot distillery for Papa’s Pilar Rum. For $10 visitors can see how rum is made at the island’s largest distillery, as well as Hemingway memorabilia and, of course, a generous tasting.
Doesn’t even matter what time of day it is, the pineapple pancakes, lobster Benedict, and fresh-baked banana bread here make up the best breakfast in Florida. And it’s not even close. Blue Heaven also boasts the only bathroom you’ll ever go to just for the smell, since it’s located right next to where they bake all that delicious banana bread. Just make sure you get there as early as possible. Lines can get painfully long as early as 8:30am, even on weekdays.