The Lighthouses of Florida

This page currently shows what I know about Florida. (We will be visiting Florida in February, so we should be able to update this significantly.) Index data (numbers on the left edge) are from the List of ALL Existing U.S. Lighthouses by Bob and Sandra Shanklin p2

Directions are courtesy of Lighthouse Friends w4

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FL 1 Amelia Island
latitude 30° 41' 26.4" N longitude 81° 25' 43.3" W
access: car + view or tour

From Interstate 95 take Exit 375, and drive east on SR 200 onto Amelia Island. Follow SR 200 as it turns north to Fernandina Beach. Continue into the historic district then turn right on Atlantic Avenue (A1A). Views of the light can be had from Atlantic Avenue, but better views come from Fort Clinch State Park. Fort Clinch

Tours of the lighthouse are offered by the City of Fernandina Beach on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. For more information call: (904) 310-3350. The grounds surrounding Amelia Island Lighthouse property are open to the public for viewing on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. At other times, access to the lighthouse grounds is restricted. (J 2856) ARLHS # USA-010

Photo courtesy ImusTheGreat [Aaron-Walton.net]

Amelia Island
FL 2 St. Johns River St. Johns River
latitude 30° 23' 31.5" N longitude 81° 25' 31.8" W
access: car

Located inside Naval Station Mayport on the west side of the runway near Mayport and the ferry crossing. Mayport (J 2858) ARLHS # USA-795

Photo courtesy Donna McCraw [Flickr]

FL 3 Mayport
latitude 30° 23' 36.6" N longitude 81° 25' 33.3" W
access: car

Very near the above light. ARLHS # USA-796

Photo courtesy Thom Perry [Flickr]

Mayport
FL 4 St. Augustine St. Augustine
latitude 29° 53' 7.6" N longitude 81° 17' 18.2" W
access: car

From the North, take Exit 318 from Interstate 95 and travel east on SR 16 for 5.5 miles. Turn right on San Marcos Avenue (just after U.S. 1) and travel south. San Marcos Avenue will pass Castillo de San Marcos and become A1A. Take the Bridge of Lions over the river and continue on A1A. Turn left onto Red Cox Road. (J 2866) ARLHS # USA-789

Photo courtesy Pats7288 [Webshots]

FL 5 Ponce Inlet
latitude 29° 4' 50.1" N longitude 80° 55' 40.9" W
access: car

From Interstate 95, take exit 256 and go east on Dunlawton Avenue for 3.8 miles to the intersection with Highway 1. Take the bridge across the Halifax River. At the second traffic light, turn right on Atlantic Avenue and drive south for 5.3 miles to the four-way stop at Beach Street. Turn right on Beach Street and then left on Peninsula Drive. World Lighthouse Society (J 2877) ARLHS # USA-644

Photo courtesy François la Poutré [Flickr]

Ponce Inlet
FL 5A Mount Dora Mount Dora
access: car

The only inland lighthouse in Florida.

Photo courtesy Donna McCraw [Flickr]

FL 6 Port Canaveral
latitude 28° 27' 37.4" N longitude 80° 32' 36.6" W
access: tour

There are certain tours offered by the Kennedy Space Center which pass by the lighthouse. Space Center (J 2888) ARLHS # USA-108

Photo courtesy Donna McCraw [Flickr]

Port Canaveral
FL 7 Jupiter Jupiter
latitude 26° 56' 55.3" N longitude 80° 4' 54.8" W
access: car

Take Highway 1 to the northern side of the river in Jupiter. Turn right (east) at Beach Road and then right on Captain Armours Way into Jupiter Lighthouse Park. (J 2922) ARLHS # USA-411

Photo courtesy Donna McCraw [Flickr]

FL 8 Hillsborough Inlet
latitude 26° 15' 33" N longitude 80° 4' 50.8" W
access: car + walk

From Interstate 95 in Pompano Beach, take exit 35 and drive east on Copans Road for just over 2 miles to Federal Highway (Highway 1). Travel south on Federal Highway for just over a half mile to 14th Street (Highway 844). Go east on 14th Street for a mile then turn right on Highway A1A. Turn left onto 16th street and park at the end of the street, from where you can walk the beach to get a good view of the lighthouse lighthouse ARLHS # USA-372

Photo courtesy Claudia Domenig [Flickr]

Hillsborough Inlet
FL 9 Cape Florida Cape Florida
latitude 25° 39' 60" N longitude 80° 9' 20.9" W
January 3, 2000 access: car

From the southern end of Interstate 95 in Miami, take exit 1 and go south on the Rickenbacker Causeway to Key Biscayne. Rickenbacker Causeway will become Crandon Boulevard, which you can follow to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park at the southern end of Key Biscayne CapeFlorida (J 2956.4) ARLHS # USA-118

Photo courtesy J. Michael Bash [Flickr]

FL 10 Fowey Rocks
access: boat

Very distant views of the Fowey Rocks Lighthouse are possible from the Cape Florida Lighthouse. However, the best views come by boat or plane. One can fly over the lighthouse with Benoit Courbin of Dean International Inc. The flights depart from Tamiami Airport southwest of Miami. FlyMiami ARLHS # USA-307

Photo courtesy Eddie Dziura [key-biscayne]

Fowey Rocks
FL 11 Carysfort Reef Carysfort Reef
latitude 25° 13' 18.8" N longitude 80° 12' 41.3" W
access: boat or car + view

To get a distant view of the Carysfort Reef Lighthouse from land, at the intersection of Highway 1 and County Road 905 on Largo Key, proceed northeast on County Road 905. The lighthouse will be directly offshore from you after roughly seven miles. ARLHS # USA-143

Photo courtesy Roger Bansemer [webGallery]

FL 12 Alligator Reef
access: boat

Distant views of the Alligator Reef Lighthouse are possible from Highway 1 between Mile Markers 77 and 80. ARLHS # USA-006

Photo courtesy John Ames/P J McCann [Flickr]

Alligator Reef
FL 13 Sombrero Key Sombrero Key
latitude 24° 37' 40.1" N longitude 81° 6' 39.6" W
access: boat or car + view

A distant view is possible from the eastern end of the 7-mile bridge near Marathon or from Sombrero Beach. Sombrero Beach

To reach Sombrero Beach, turn south on Sombrero Beach Boulevard at Mile Marker 50 in Marathon and follow the road for two miles to the beach, where you will find a nice park and a decent view of the lighthouse ARLHS # USA-768

Photo courtesy Travis Lide [Flickr]

FL 14 American Shoals
access: boat or car + view

For a distant view of the lighthouse from land, turn south onto Sugarload Boulevard from the Overseas Highway at Mile Marker 17. When the road tees after 2.6 miles, turn right and drive 2.5 miles to a small bridge over Sugarload Creek from where you can see the lighthouse on a clear day.

(and heavily zoomed in my editor) ARLHS # USA-011

Photo courtesy Patti Schmidt [Flickr]

American Shoals
FL 15 Sand Key Sand Key
access: plane

The reefs around the lighthouse are a popular snorkeling destination from Key West. One can also fly over the lighthouse with Fantasy Dan's Airplane Rides, located at the Sugarloaf Airport near MM 17. Fantasy Dan's can be reached at (305) 745-2217. (J 3006) ARLHS # USA-724

Photo courtesy Donna McCraw [Flickr]

FL 16 Key West
latitude 24° 33' 2.4" N longitude 81° 48' 3.2" W
access: car

From Miami take Highway 1 to Key West, a distance of roughly 125 miles. Highway 1 will take you into the city of Key West, where it is also known as North Roosevelt and then Truman Avenue. Continue on Truman Avenue past Whitehead Street to the light. lighthouse ARLHS # USA-420

Photo courtesy Claudia Domenig [Flickr]

Key West
FL 17 Fort Jefferson Fort Jefferson , Dry Tortugas
latitude 24° 37' 41.6" N longitude 82° 52' 20.3" W
access: ferry

Dry Tortugas National Park can be reached by ferry via Sunny Days and Yankee Fleet. You can walk around the top of the fort and get a good view of the lighthouse ARLHS # USA-316

Photo courtesy Donna McCraw [Flickr]

FL 18 Loggerhead key , Dry Tortugas
latitude 24° 37' 60" N longitude 82° 55' 14.1" W
access: ferry + view

Dry Tortugas National Park can be reached by ferry via Sunny Days and Yankee Fleet, and by seaplane with Seaplanes of Key West. The ferries and seaplanes only provide access to Garden Key, from where a distant view of Loggerhead Key is possible. To land at Loggerhead Key, you must take your own boat or go with a guide who has a permit issued by the park. The pier at Loggerhead Key is closed to the public. Therefore, you must access the island by anchoring offshore and either wading or taking a small boat ashore. (J 3060) ARLHS # USA-236

Photo courtesy Donna McCraw [Flickr]

Loggerhead key
FL 19 Sanibel Sanibel
latitude 26° 27' 10.6" N longitude 82° 51.3" W
access: car

From Interstate 75 just south of Fort Myers, take Exit 131 (Daniels Parkway) west to Summerlin Road. Follow Summerlin Road to the Sanibel Causeway, which requires a toll. Drive across the causeway onto Sanibel Island. At the four-way stop sign turn left on Periwinkle Way and follow it to the eastern end of the island. (J 3086) ARLHS # USA-734

Photo courtesy Pats7288 [Webshots]

FL 20 Gasparilla Front Range (Boca Grande)
latitude 26° 43' 1.9" N longitude 82° 15' 39" W
access: car

Once on the island, follow the main road towards the southern end of the island. The range light is 1.7 miles from the southern end of the island, alongside Gulf Boulevard. (J 3110)

Photo courtesy Pats7288 [Webshots]

Gasparilla Front Range
FL 21 Gasparilla Rear Range Gasparilla Rear Range
latitude 26° 44' 31.6" N longitude 82° 15' 48.6" W
access: car

To get to Gasparilla Island, take the Boca Grande Causeway near the southern end of Highway 775 southwest of Port Charlotte. Once on the island, follow the main road to the southern end of the island where you will find Gasparilla Island State Park and the lighthouse. island (J 3100.1) ARLHS # USA-066

Photo courtesy pats7288 [Webshots]

FL 22 Egmont Key
latitude 27° 36' 2.8" N longitude 82° 45' 38.5" W
access: ferry

Seasonal ferry service to the island is provided by Hubbard's Marina from Fort DeSoto County Park. ferry (J 3144) ARLHS # USA-269

Photo courtesy E. James [Flickr]

Egmont Key
FL 22A Tierra Verda Tierra Verda
latitude 27° 39' 17.5" N longitude 82° 43' 4.7" W
access: car

The Tampa Bay Watch lighthouse was modeled after the Boca Grande light. The lighthouse is the first privately-held aid to navigation permitted by the United States Coast Guard in Florida in the past 54 years. Bay Watch ARLHS # USA-1335

Photo courtesy Peter Clark [TBwatch]

FL 23 Anclote Key
latitude 28° 10' 1.5" N longitude 82° 50' 40.9" W
access: boat

Pontoon boats to get you out to Anclote Key can be rented from Anclote Village Marina near Tarpon Springs. marina (J 3273) ARLHS # USA-013

Photo courtesy Laura Thorne [Flickr]

Anclote Key
FL 24 Cedar Keys Cedar Keys (Seahorse Key)
access: boat

Cedar Key Island Hopper offers transportation to the island during the open house and at other times. Landing on Seahorse Key is not permitted from March 1st to July 1st due to bird nesting. Island Hopper ARLHS # USA-745

Photo courtesy Donna McCraw [Flickr]

FL 25 St. Marks
latitude 30° 4' 25.8" N longitude 84° 10' 46.8" W
access: car

From Highway 98 just east of Newport, turn south onto Lighthouse Road (Highway 59) and follow it for 3.6 miles to the entrance of St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. After paying the small entrance fee, continue south on Lighthouse Road for another 6.5 miles to the lighthouse. park (J 3300.1) ARLHS # USA-801

Photo courtesy Pats7288 [webshots]

St. Marks
FL 26 Crooked River Crooked River (Carrabelle)
latitude 29° 49' 38.1" N longitude 84° 42' 2.7" W
access: car

From Carabelle Beach, travel west on Highway 89 for just over a mile, where you see a dirt road to your right, which leads to the lighthouse. light (J 3314) ARLHS # USA-205

Photo courtesy Pats7288 [Webshots]

FL 27 St. George Island

destroyed by storms, Oct. 2005 ARLHS # USA-1057

FL 28 Cape San Blas
latitude 29° 40' 16.3" N longitude 85° 21' 22.9" W
access: car

Several miles south of Port Saint Joe and east of Apalachicola, Highway 30 makes a sharp 90 degree turn. At this turn, go west onto Highway 30E. Test Area D-3 is about two miles ahead on your right hand side. Continue just past D-3 and you'll see that the road bends around to your right. Instead of going with the road, turn left (kinda like going straight) onto Cape San Blas Light Drive at Test Site D-3A. As you approach the gulf, turn right on Keepers Cottage Way, and you will see the lighthouse. As Eglin Air Force Base controls access to this area, it would be wise to contact them about the site's status before planning a trip. Eglin ARLHS # USA-136

Photo courtesy Judy Baxter [Flickr]

Cape San Blas
FL 29 Old St. Joseph Bay Old St. Joseph Bay
latitude 29° 44' 54.9" N longitude 85° 18' 15.6" W
access: car

South of Port Saint Joe where Highway 98 makes a 90 degree turn, turn south on County Road 30 and continue for 2.2 miles where you will see the lighthouse on your right. The lighthouse is a private residence, but the owners permit pictures from the street. ARLHS # USA-1285

Photo courtesy Roger Bansemer [webGallery]

FL 30 Pensacola
latitude 30° 20' 45.8" N longitude 87° 18' 29.6" W
access: car

From Highway 90 in Pensacola, turn south on Highway 295 (New Warrington Road and Navy Boulevard), and follow it for three miles, and then turn right on SR 292 (Barrancas Avenue). SR 295 leads to the main gate of the Pensacola Naval Air Station, but visitors must now use a different entrance. Continue on SR 292 for 5.2 miles, and then turn left on SR 173, which will lead you to the air station. (J 3394) ARLHS # USA-592

Photo courtesy David and Renee Witte [webshots]

Pensacola

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