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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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  • Great place to do something different, not just the lighthouse but throughout the Park, very cheap entry to spend the day, went in the summer and could take advantage of the beach in a near-perfect day, except for the tropical rain that morning we allowed give a tour of the mansions with Supercars parked at the gate. It has good places for fishing, parking and plenty shade. Arriving at the lighthouse you transport you to 100 years ago as in a Hollywood movie. I will return
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  • If you are coming after Key Biscayne, visit also the southern end of the island. There, the lighthouse in the middle of a small, lovingly made show. You can climb the lighthouse and has a great overview. As the Tower in a State Park, the mandatory entry is due here per car $8. For that you get tidy and clean picnic areas and just the small, Museum Park around the lighthouse.
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  • I borrowed a bike from my hotel and rode down and around the area. Although you can take a car in, if you can get a bike and are able, it is definitely worth it. There are bike trails all around the l...  more »
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  • Excellent beach, absolutely clean and the water clear too! I think it is one of the best beaches in Miami.
  • 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
  • Beautiful beach -- clear blue water and great view. Perfect when it's not too crowded and the weather is just right!
  • Nice clear water beach and much less crowded than south beach, if you want to relax this is a nice beach, there's a USD$8 per vehicle fee at entrance, no grocery store near so you have to bring anything you consuming.
  • This is my FAVORITE lighthouse in Florida! I grew up on this beach as a child and have never stopped coming back! I'm actually getting married here in March because this place means so much to me. Best beach in Miami! 😊