For these historians, adventurers, and lighthouse aficionados who really feel cheated as a result of we failed to finish the perimeter of the Florida peninsula, listed below are just a few west coast ideas and solutions. Whereas the west coast affords a very completely different vibe than the east coast, there’s something satisfying about coming full circle.
Sanibel Island Lighthouse
Whereas briefly closed due to Hurricane Ian, The Sanibel Island Lighthouse, in-built 1884, was one of many first lighthouses on Florida’s Gulf coast. Guests are nonetheless welcome to drive by and look.
Port Boca Grande and Gasparilla Lighthouse
The Port Boca Grande Lighthouse is the oldest construction on the island. It has been a beacon to mariners since 1890 and now homes an enchanting, well-maintained museum. Go to for the lighthouse however keep for the eclectic island life that’s dwelling to such notables because the Bush household, the Eisenhower’s, and DuPont’s. (lighthousefriends.com)
Vacationer Tip: For those who see critical trying males standing outdoors Fugate’s (one of many in style island outlets) sporting darkish glasses and Hawaiian shirts, they could possibly be secret service. A sure former First Girl loves that store.
Charlotte Harbor Lighthouse
When phosphate mining the railroads have been a buzzing enterprise, the Charlotte Harbor Lighthouse was a much-needed fixture on the bend of the harbor to information ships to the railroad docks in Punta Gorda. Now that these are days passed by, the lighthouse stands as a monument to a different period.
Egmont Key Lighthouse
There was a time when the one option to attain Egmont Key was by boat. Regardless of the rise in tourism, Egmont Key stays nearly unspoiled. The lighthouse dates from 1858 and is the oldest construction within the Tampa Bay space, nonetheless used for its unique function.
Anclote Key Lighthouse
Whereas not probably the most picturesque of the lighthouses, it’s distinctive with its skeletal development. In-built 1887 on Anclote Key, the brown, sq. pyramidal tower fancies a black lantern. It’s an illustration of the big variety of lighthouses.
Cedar Keys Seahorse Key Lighthouse
Make sure you examine to see in the event that they’re open, because the lighthouse has a restricted schedule. Even when the lighthouse isn’t open to guests, you possibly can take your pictures and benefit from the appeal of historic Cedar Key.
When you’ve reached Cedar Key, you’re only a few miles away from the Forgotten Coast, again to the start of your lighthouse, bucket listing journey