Cape Florida Lighthouse, Key Biscayne
Categories: Lighthouses, Tourist Spots
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.Cape Florida Lighthouse is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Key Biscayne Edition.
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There is a history of this lighthouse. You can google for it. I got to know history from its keeper (Jeff)... While waiting in the queue, I chatted with her and she was more than happy to tell me abou... read more »
This little hidden gem is worth the drive. We didn't have time to go up on the light house, but you definitely can. The views of the ocean around and beautiful. Its very relaxing and peaceful. Perfect... read more »
Very nice walk and waterfront views. Did not climb into lighthouse, was a 90+ degree day. Happy we went prior to beach next door.
I AM ONE OF THE ORIGINAL CHILD EXPLORES OF THE, Cape Forida Park And Lighthouse ! I will never forget the great adventures I had growing up in and exploring the Cape Florida Park and Lighthouse in the early 60's with my great and fearless childhood friends, Bobby and Donny Man , I will never get to see them or the park again and can only see it with Google Maps
One of the most beautiful beaches I've ever visited in South Florida, been living here for 28 years and I've never visited this beach. This is my new favorite beach, great place to have a BBQ or a great swim.
Great place to visit, the views from the top are amazing. The beach here is probably one of the best Miami has to offer. A must if you visit Miami.
The lighthouse view on top was beatiful. You could see the stilhouses .Anazing
Beautiful beach -- clear blue water and great view. Perfect when it's not too crowded and the weather is just right!
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