Alligator Reef
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Alligator Reef Quick Facts

Year Station Established: 1873

Is the Light operational? Yes

Year Light First Lit: 1873

Year Automated: 1963

Shape: Skeletal

Tower Height: 136   ft.

Original Optic: 1st Order, Fresnel

Present Optic: VRB-25, Solar Powered

Existing Keepers Quarters? Yes
     Year Constructed: 1873
      Number of Stories: 1
      Architectural Style: Integral
      Construction Materials: Iron

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Alligator Reef Lighthouse
Near Islamorada, Florida

Cyberlights Lighthouses - Alligator Reef Lighthouse

Last Visited: January, 2001

Alligator Reef Lighthouse lies about 4 miles off the coast of Indian Key and the town of Islamorada. The lighthouse was built in 1873 for a cost of $185,000. Some of the most powerful tropical storms have passed over the lighthouse with some winds hitting 200 mph. Even with all this fury the lighthouse has survivied the storms. This is in most part because of its skeletal design. This allows the winds and seas to pass through it. Where other lighthouses would be demolished, Alligator Reef Lighthouse remains standing.

Latitude/Longitude: 24.875847,-80.606117

Nearest Address: 79867 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL

  • Because the lighthouse is approximately 4 miles off the coast only distant views can be seen from land. If you cannot view it by boat or air, You can see the lighthouse from a few spots.
  • From US Route 1, travel south from the mainland onto the Keys.
  • Between mile markers 77 and 80 will be your best spots to see the lighthouse. Mile marker 79 seems to be one of the best spots.

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