Boca Chita's Lightless Lighthouse

Biscayne National Park, Miami-Dade County

Boca Chica Key
A 65-foot-tall ornamental lighthouse is the dominating physical feature of Boca Chita Key. The lighthouse doesn't work — it was built without proper Coast Guard permits — but it's still a daytime "beacon" in the sense that it marks the island on the horizon and presents boaters with an unmistakeable navagational target. When it's open, it offers stunning views of Miami's skyline, Biscayne Bay and nearby islands. The privately built lighthouse dates back to the 1930s when Mark Honeywell, founder of electronics giant Honeywell Corp., owned Boca Chita. The lighthouse and surrounding area are part of the Boca Chita Historic District and listed on the National Historic Register.

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