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Florida lighthouses

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Florida lighthouses

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Visiting and photographing Florida lighthouses are celebrated hobbies and popular travel destinations, as the buildings are maintained as tourist attractions. This article lists many of the best-known lighthouses in the State of Florida.


Lighthouses have long warned sailors about rocky coastlines or signaled to them that land was near. Since Florida is surrounded by sea to its south, east, and west, there are many lighthouses along the coastline of the state. Many of these lighthouses are now museums.

Lighthouse weekend[edit]

National Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is celebrated in the US on the first weekend of August, and International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is celebrated on the third weekend.

Get in[edit]

Many lighthouses are open to the public and amateur radio operators often communicate between them on these days.


St. Augustine Lighthouse
Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse in Ponce Inlet
Key West Lighthouse

Florida Panhandle[edit]

This is the northwestern part of the state — the southern side of the Florida panhandle is the Gulf of Mexico coastline.

  • Cape San Blas Light
  • Cape St. George Light
  • Crooked River Light
  • Pensacola Light
  • St. Marks Light

North Florida[edit]

This area is east of the Panhandle, and is closer to the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Amelia Island Light
  • St. Augustine Light (pictured)
  • St. Johns River Light

Central Florida[edit]

  • Anclote Keys Light
  • Cape Canaveral Light
  • Egmont Key Light
  • Ponce de Leon Inlet Light (pictured) — at 175 feet high, this is the tallest lighthouse in Florida, located in the town of Ponce Inlet. The site includes a lighthouse museum.

South Florida[edit]

  • Alligator Reef Light
  • American Shoal Light
  • Cape Florida Light
  • Carysfort Reef Light
  • Dry Tortugas Light
  • Fowey Rocks Light
  • Gasparilla Island Lights
  • Hillsboro Inlet Light
  • Jupiter Inlet Light
  • Key West Light (pictured) — at the far end of the Florida Keys.
  • Sand Key Light
  • Sanibel Island Light
  • Sombrero Key Light

Stay safe[edit]

Standing at the very top (the exposed section) of the lighthouse can be very dangerous, since if you fell off the side or a strong wind took you off the structure you would have a long way to fall.

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