Cape Florida Lighthouse, Key Biscayne

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The Cape Florida Light is a lighthouse on Cape Florida at the south end of Key Biscayne in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Constructed in 1825, it guided mariners off the Florida Reef, which starts near Key Biscayne and extends southward a few miles offshore of the Florida Keys. It was operated by staff, with interruptions, until 1878, when it was replaced by the Fowey Rocks lighthouse. The lighthouse was put back into use in 1978 by the U.S. Coast Guard to mark the Florida Channel, the deepest natural channel into Biscayne Bay. They decommissioned it in 1990.Within the Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park since 1966, the lighthouse was relit in 1996. It is owned and operated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.HistoryFirst lightThe construction contract called for a 65ft tower with walls of solid brick, five feet thick at the bottom tapering to two feet thick at the top. It was later found that the contractor had scrimped on materials and built hollow walls. The first keeper of the lighthouse was Captain John Dubose, who served for more than ten years. In 1835 a major hurricane struck the island, damaging the lighthouse and the keeper's house, and flooding the island under three feet of water.
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  • August 11, 2017
    Very beautiful beach with one of Miami's oldest lighthouses. With bathroom and BBQ huts and snacks.
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  • August 8, 2017
    The Cape Florida Lighthouse, built in 1825, is a small historic jewel worthy of a visit. Located in a lovely park it also allows a beautiful view from the top. I live inKey Biscayne, a 15 minute bicyc...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    Very nice beach and the place in general. I would recommend not to go on weekends because a lot of people. There are also shaded with tables and benches under the trees.
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  • July 3, 2017
    An awesome experience if you get down this far. It's a very big park with lots of parking & it cost $8.00 to enter but it is so worth every penny! Beach was pretty busy but it's 4th of July.
  • March 28, 2017
    Blessed with a beautiful, sunny day we started at the beach, waiting for the lighthouse to open. This beach is clean and well kept. They even have BBQ pits there. Next time we will picnic. The lighthouse is incredibly beautiful, built in 1825! But the lighthouse keeper was a great wealth of knowledge!! He was very patient with our questions and with us needing a few extra moments to climb the stairs, I'm claustrophobic and my husband HATES heights! What a pair..but with everyone's understanding we made it ;)
  • March 8, 2017
    This is a great spot. And this is the oldest building in Florida, don't remember the year of build. This Lighthouse was rebuild but still have the old original base and other stuff. Nice park surround the Lighthouse and this is a favorite spot for many local photographers, they love to take pics here with their customers. Nearby you can find a nice beach where you can chill during the day, beach chair and umbrellas provided for an extra cost.
  • March 20, 2017
    This site is stunning. Absolutely beautiful. Very nice state park location, low traffic. Various spots to access the coastline all around the park. Will not disappointe. Positively worth a day trip here !!
  • June 9, 2017
    Great beach for families. Also, great place for photographing

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