Offshore Paddling: The six historic Florida Keys lighthouses

From Miami down to Key West,

there are six offshore reef lighthouses

along the Florida Keys chain.

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(click on any pic for individual story!)

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F O W E Y  R O C K S  L I G H T H O U S E
Kayaking the Biscayne Bay triangle: Cape Florida – Fowey Rocks – Soldier Key!

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C A R Y S F O R T   R E E F   L I G H T H O U S E
Carysfort Reef Lighthouse – paddling into upper Keys nautical history!

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A L L I G A T O R  R E E F   L I G H T H O U S E
Kayaking to Alligator Light Reef (lighthouse) .. of Fishes, Wreckers, Pirates and Keys History!

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S O M B R E R O  R E E F   L I G H T H O U S E
Sombrero Reef Lighthouse – visiting the tallest of the reef lights via kayak!

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A M E R I C A N  S H O A L   L I G H T H O U S E
Lower Keys paddling to American Shoal Lighthouse on the edge of the Gulf Stream!

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S A N D   K E Y   L I G H T H O U S E
Sand Key Lighthouse – kayaking to the “southern star” of the offshore Keys reef lights!

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These lighthouses were lifesaving beacons in their day and remain beacons of time integral to South Florida history!

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Florida offshore kayaking to:
Fowey Rocks, Carysfort Reef, Alligator Reef, Sombrero Reef, American Shoal and Sand Key lighthouses!

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The six offshore lighthouses along the Florida Keys reef chain, satellite view.

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Honorable mention – Boca Chita Lighthouse:

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Boca Chita Key has a small and purely decorative lighthouse that is also worth seeing.
Boca Chita – kayaking to a Fantasy Island on Biscayne Bay!

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Please note:

I am describing open water trips miles offshore with NO possibility of getting out anywhere.

Plan accordingly and paddle within your limitations and the weather conditions!!

Offshore means you are subject to wind, waves, currents AND the South Florida general boating public!

Be absolutely sure you know what you are getting into before considering doing this kind of a trip!

Safety first means planning and research first!!

Always have plenty of fresh water to stay hydrated!

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Other, land based

South Florida lighthouses:

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Jupiter Inlet – the Red Lighthouse kayak paddle.

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Kayaks at Hillsboro Lighthouse at the inlet.
Note the difference in water quality and spot the Blimp! 😮
Click for interactive 360 aerial panorama.

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Cape Florida lighthouse on Key Biscayne at Bill Baggs State Park, aerial seagull’s eye view.
Click for interactive panorama!

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There’s also the historic Key West lighthouse ,

and two more in the Dry Tortugas that I also hope to visit soon! 🙂

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Paddling for Jesus in the Florida Keys dive country!
Kayaking to Dry Rocks Reef – a Pilgrimage to find the “Christ of the Abyss” off Key Largo!

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More lighthouse information:

List of lighthouses in Florida

Florida Lighthouse Association

Florida Keys Reef Lights Foundation

American Lighthouse Foundation

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Enjoy!

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Kayaking the Biscayne Bay triangle: Cape Florida – Fowey Rocks – Soldier Key!

Boca Chita – kayaking to a Fantasy Island on Biscayne Bay!

Carysfort Reef Lighthouse – paddling into upper Keys nautical history!

Kayaking to Alligator Light Reef (lighthouse) .. of Fishes, Wreckers, Pirates and Keys History!

Sombrero Reef Lighthouse – visiting the tallest of the reef lights via kayak!

Lower Keys paddling to American Shoal Lighthouse on the edge of the Gulf Stream!

Sand Key Lighthouse – kayaking to the “southern star” of the offshore Keys reef lights!

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