Cape Florida Lighthouse, Key Biscayne

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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  • We had a wonderful time. What a view crib the top. We saw sharks and dolphins. Breathtaking. Friendly staff  more »
  • Beautiful day cycling across the park with the first ride free with lime bike. Ralaxing walking and beautiful view of the El Farito, we have also met strange animals really funny.  more »
  • Beautiful place. Depending on the channel, yields excellent pictures. I really enjoyed meeting this lighthouse. Recommend!
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  • It's a lighthouse! I know, these are cool! What an amazing view. The entrance had some interesting displays with some info, which are voice activated, Spanish/ English. There aren't many lighthouse around and this one is accessible, 109 stairs to the top. Had my whole family going up (almost) without complaints. Once at the top, it's a great view. Overall, if you are in the area, this one is a no brainier. Just go
  • Lighthouse kept in great condition as well as the keepers house. There is an 8 dollar fee for each vehicle. The beaches surrounding the lighthouse are great plus on the opposite side of the park you can see a sunset on the water, rare in Miami. I'll post pictures soon
  • Very nice lighthouse with amazing view! Highly recommended. Don’t forget to visit Lighthouse Cafe which is close by
  • Beautiful beach and lovely lighthouse. Cool to lie in the sun and look at the white lighthouse against the blue sky and green-blue ocean. Uncrowded!
  • Great place to enjoy a family day, the beach it's beautiful, clean and close to parking. Restrooms available, bbq areas with shelter, restaurant and umbrella and chairs rentals.
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