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Decommissioned lighthouses in Florida were brought back to life, namely Cape San Blas, Cape St. George, Crooked River Light, Pensacola Light and St. Mark's Light

Photographing Lighthouses in Florida

Apr 17, 2014

One of the most popular thing to do when traveling to Florida in a charter bus to photograph lighthouses. Many of the lighthouses in Florida are well maintained to provide tourists the chance to visit and photograph these beautiful buildings of history.

In fact, lighthouses are so popular that there are festivals celebrating them, such as National Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, which is celebrated on the first weekend of August, while the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is celebrated on the third weekend.

Lighthouses at Florida Panhandle

Florida Panhandle is located at the northwest side of Florida, with humid subtropical weather. Popular with bus rental visitors for its beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, Florida Panhandle features a couple of spectacular lighthouses you can visit.

  • Cape San Blas Light: First built in 1849, it has been located several times and now sits in a white, square skeleton tower, with an enclosed stair cylinder. The 800,000 candela 3-foot 2-order electric light flashes white every 20 seconds and is visible up to 16 miles away.
  • Cape St. George Light: The original lighthouse stood for 153 years on St. George Island in Florida until it finally toppled in 2005. The remains were retrieved and the light was restored in 2008.
  • Crooked River Light: Also known as Carrabelle Light, this lighthouse was built in 1895, but decommissioned in 1995. However, it was restored in 1999 and opened to public, as well as used to aid sea navigation once again.
  • Pensacola Light: This conical tower lighthouse first tower was built in 1825, then later moved to a second tower in 1859. Only in year 2011 was this lighthouse opened to public 7-days a week, with guided tours conducted by the Pensacola Lighthouse Association.
  • St. Marks Light: The second-oldest light station in Florida, this lighthouse is located on Apalachee Bay, at the east side of St. Marks River mouth. This brick conical tower is now automated since 1960 and is still an active aid for navigation.

Other Lighthouses of Interest

There are many other lighthouses scattered around Florida, whether in North Florida, Central Florida or South Florida. Here are some you might want to take a look at when visiting any parts of Florida. Just let your friendly coach bus driver know which ones you want to head to.

For easy traveling to visit the many lighthouses, hire a charter bus to ensure hassle-free travel and no-fuss parking. Call 1-800-304-1993 or 305-913-1341 for a quote or to book a transportation charter of your choice.