FLORIDA LIGHTHOUSES

We know many of you are limiting travel during these uncertain times.  Although we continue to feature trips and places to visit, we are not encouraging you to visit them until it is safe.  We want to support Florida's attractions and businesses during this situation, and hope you will plan to visit them when things get better.  In the meantime, enjoy them virtually from the comfort of your home. 

Florida lighthouses are among the state's oldest structures.  All of them have interesting stories to tell, and some of them can be visited by tourists. These places make an entertaining destination for a Florida day trip. 

St. Augustine LighthouseSt. Augustine Lighthouse

The oldest lighthouse on mainland Florida is the one in St. Augustine that was built in 1824.

The tallest lighthouse in Florida is the one at Ponce de Leon Inlet south of Daytona Beach.  It is 175 feet tall and one of the tallest in the United States.

6 of the lighthouses in Florida are open to the public.  Some of them allow visitors to climb to the top.  Some of them also serve as the location for weddings.  Jupiter Lighthouse, for example, has 30 to 40 weddings a year.

Hillsboro Inlet LighthouseHillsboro Inlet Lighthouse

Many Lighthouses Can Be Visited By Car

Although there are 38 lighthouses that I know about in Florida, this website will focus only on the ones that can be visited by car.

Each lighthouse page has a bit of history, a photograph and a map to show you how to get there. 

Florida LighthousesMap of 23 Florida Lighthouses

1.      PENSACOLA

2.      ST JOSEPH POINT

3.     CAPE SAN BLAS

4.     CAPE ST GEORGE

5.     CROOKED RIVER

6.     ST MARKS

7.     CEDAR KEY

8.     ANCLOTE KEY

9.     EGMONT KEY

10.   GASPARILLA ISLAND

11.   PORT BOCA GRANDE

12.   SANIBEL ISLAND

13.       KEY WEST

14.       CAPE FLORIDA

15.       HILLSBORO INLET

16.       JUPITER INLET

17.       CAPE CANAVERAL

18.       PONCE INLET

19.       ST AUGUSTINE

20.       MAYPORT

21.       ST JOHNS LIGHT

22.      AMELIA ISLAND

23.      MOUNT DORA


An excellent authoritative source about lighthouses in the State of Florida is at the website of the Florida Lighthouse Association.  They have a collection of 45 Paul Bradley ink drawings of lighthouses in Florida.  

Here are a few examples of his drawings:

Egmont Key Lighthouse by Paul Bradley

Cape Canaveral Lighthouse by Paul BradleyCape Canaveral Lighthouse by Paul Bradley

Sanibel Lighthouse by Paul BradleySanibel Lighthouse by Paul Bradley

Here is the direct link to the Paul Bradley Collection at the Florida Lighthouse Association.

Here' a road trip that visits 5 central and north Florida lighthouses


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