Sometimes, I get curious about what lies beyond the horizon. The reward is always a thrill when the view turns out to be another country, like seeing Russia from Alaska. Cuba is located opposite Florida across the Strait of Florida.
So, can you see Cuba from Florida? You cannot see Cuba from Florida. Cuba is 90 miles from Florida, which is too long for the human eye to see at sea level. To see that far, you need to be over 5000ft (1524m) high, which is not possible even with the tallest skyscrapers.
This article features the point of Florida closest to Cuba. I have indicated how far apart the places are and why you cannot see Cuba from Florida. Further, I have highlighted the activities that make Key West a popular destination for tourists from all over the world.
How Far Is Cuba From Florida?
Cuba is about 90 miles south of Florida. This is the shortest distance between Florida’s Key West Island and Cuba’s capital, Havana. The water distance across the Strait of Florida is given in nautical miles for the purpose of sea navigation by large ships. The actual distance is about 103 miles.
Florida is a state in the southeastern part of the US. The state owns hundreds of miles of beaches thanks to the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other.
The state is home to Miami, one of the most popular vacation spots in the world. Did you know that you can see the Bahamas from Miami?
Cuba is on the southern side of the state of Florida. It is the largest island in the Caribbean and is an archipelago, or a collection of islands, with about 1600 islands. The country is located at the point where the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea meet.
Cuba’s coastline stretches for over 3500 miles and is one of the best countries to visit for a short vacation.
Cuba and Florida have the Strait of Florida in common. The strait runs between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean and between the Florida Keys and Cuba. The Florida Keys are islands stretching along the southern tip of the state of Florida.
Key West Island is one of the Florida Keys and is the closest to Cuba at 90 nautical miles away. If you could have an opportunity to see Cuba from the US, this would be the place to be. Unfortunately, the distance is still too long for you to see across.
Key West Island – You Can Almost See Cuba From Florida
Key West and the other Florida Keys is located in the Strait of Florida within the US state of Florida. The island extends over a land area of 4.2sq mi and is on the southernmost end of the US.
While you cannot see Cuba from the US, setting foot on the US’s southernmost part can be a thrilling adventure. Also, Key West Island is a popular tourist destination. This is due to its numerous watersports, vibrant nightlife, beaches, and historic sites.
Would you like to go to the point where you can almost see Cuba from Florida? You can reach Key West by driving, flying, or sailing. Alternatively, you can ride a shuttle or a train.
Below, I have highlighted the best activities you can engage in while in Key West.
Things to Do and See in Key West
Visit the Fort Zachary Historic State Park
This is a great place to combine watersports, picnicking, and exploration. For starters, the beach here is clean, and the water is clear, making it the perfect site for snorkeling.
Do you have the right snorkeling set? I recommend you getting a set that is adjustable and is made of premium materials.
If you love to grill, the beach has plenty of space, barbecue grills, and rental grilling equipment. You can also indulge in some civil war history on a guided tour in the park’s historic fort.
Capture the Sunset at the Mallory Square
Watching the sun disappear into the Gulf of Mexico from Mallory Square is one of the highlights of Key West. Located at the northwest tip of the island, the square has become a popular place for tourists. They converge here every day for the ritualistic setting-of-the-sun festival.
While you wait for sunset, street performers of all kinds will keep you entertained. You can also take the time to sample some delicious foods and drinks from vendors all over the square.
Since the activity is popular, be ready to mingle with large crowds and, if you can, find your spot early in advance.
Explore Ernest Hemmingway Home and Museum
If you love to read, you might have read or come across some of Ernest Hemmingway’s work. A literary icon and a journalist, Hemingway owned a home in Key West from where he wrote some of his best works.
The home later became a US National Historic Landmark. It is a great place to get in touch with the memorabilia of Hemmingway’s life and work. Just in case you hear about Hemmingway for the first time, there are tour guides to help you out.
Take a Photo With the Southernmost Point Buoy
At the intersection of Whitehead and South Streets in Key West, there’s a colorful concrete buoy that is 12ft (3.7m) high and 7ft (2.1m) wide. The Buoy was constructed in 1983 and has survived several hurricanes.
According to Wikipedia, it is one of the most visited and photographed attractions in the US. The Buoy is marked as the southernmost point of Key West. However, the true southernmost part of the island is on the Truman Annex property. It is unmarked since it is US Navy property and is inaccessible by civilians.
Are you ready to take a selfie alongside the Buoy? So is everybody! Head out early in the morning to avoid the crowds and get a quality snapshot.
Enjoy a Panoramic View From the Key West Lighthouse
The lighthouse is located in Key West’s Old Town and has been standing for almost 200 years. Originally, the lighthouse guided ships to the nearby Naval Station but has since become a historical site.
If you don’t mind climbing the 88 steps to the top, a sweeping view of the island awaits you at the top. At such times, a Camera comes in handy.
Next to the lighthouse, the keeper’s quarters have now been turned into a museum. The quarters still have furniture and other items dating back to the early 20th century.
There are also photographs and memorabilia of keepers who maintained the lighthouse for over 100 years.
Dive and Explore the USNS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg
This is a massive World War II ship that is sunk about 7 miles from the coast of Key West. According to NBC News, the ship is the second-largest artificial reef in the world. The largest is the USS Oriskany.
The shipwreck is ten stories high, giving you plenty of places to explore. You should be prepared to dive 140ft underwater, though. If you are a skilled diver, then only time will limit how much of the ship you can explore. On the brighter side, divers of all skill levels will enjoy the dive.
Would you like a sneak peek into what diving the Vandenberg would be like? Watch the video below for inspiration.
Spend Time With Colorful Butterflies and Birds
Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory is on Duval Street, one block from the Southernmost Point. It is home to over 50 species of colorful butterflies and over 20 species of exotic birds.
The Conservatory is an educational place, especially if you have kids in tow. Besides the butterflies, there are over 3500 plants. They contribute to making a serene environment away from the crowds.
Drink Naked and Drink at the Garden of Eden
Do you fancy whiling your time away in the nude? Then head to the clothing-optional Garden of Eden Key West. Here, you can strip to the last bit and drink.
The bar is popular and can get crowded. That said, only head there if you don’t mind the company of crowds of people being half-naked or completely naked.
The garden of Eden Bar is located on the third floor of the Bull and Whistle Bar in Duval Street. Besides drinking, you can listen to music or dance.
Do you know where else you can stay nude in Florida? Hidden River Naturalists Resort in Riverview offers a vast campground for nude camping.
You cannot see Cuba from Florida. Nevertheless, it is thrilling to be as close as 90 miles from another country. Also, there is so much more to enjoy in the part of Florida closest to Cuba.