The Hillsboro Inlet lighthouse was the last lighthouse in Florida to be built on-shore. It stands 136' tall and is Florida's most powerful lighthouse at two million candlepower. It is visible for 25 miles out to sea and flashes a white light once every 20 seconds.
An interesting fact is that this tower was originally built for the 1904 Expo in St. Louis. After the expo was over, the Government purchased it, disassembled it, and shipped it to the Hillsboro Inlet. It was then reassembled and put into duty. It was painted its unique black and white color scheme to differentiate it from its red lighthouse neighbors to the north and south. Now, only the tower to the north(Jupiter Inlet) is red since the Cape Florida lighthouse was restored and painted white.
Directions: From I-95, exit at West Atlantic Blvd (State Route 814). Follow that right to the ocean and North Ocean Blvd (Route A1A). Then head north towards Hillsboro Beach. It is along this street that you will see the Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse. The grounds are closed to the public. From what I could tell, it looks like it sits on the grounds of a country club or something. You can get some really good pictures from the little park on the right hand side of the road just before crossing the drawbridge.
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