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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  • The Lighthouse is cute and located in an extraordinary Park, surrounded by a beautiful beach, peru is never available for upload. It seems to me very bad "luck" go four times and none available.
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  • This Lighthouse is inside the crandon park. You can climb the 190 steps that lead to the top. The view is amazing and the ascent is not so difficult. Next has fincionário q's House took care of the lighthouse, still furnished. Worth the visit @pattykleone
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  • South of miami for almost 200 years CIE faroche this guide boaters through the Strait of florida
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  • 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.
  • 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 ;)
  • 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.
  • 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 !!
  • Great beach for families. Also, great place for photographing

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