Boca Chita Lighthouse Camping
Captain’s Blog, Sea Date: October 28, 2007
Picturesque views of the Boca Chita Lighthouse are a camper’s dream at this Florida island paradise!
Boca Chita Key is a 32-acre island and the distinctive Lighthouse is a Coral Daymark for vessels entering the Boca Chita Key harbor.
The 65-feet high coral rock Lighthouse with interior stone stairs was built by Mark C. Honeywell, a Honeywell Instruments Corporation tycoon, who owned the island from 1937 to 1945. Without seeking federal approval, the uncharted private Lighthouse was activated to help his yacht captain locate and enter the harbor. The unauthorized Lighthouse was a confusing hazard to navigators and extinguished soon afterwards!
Both the Lighthouse and the Boca Chita Key Campground are part of the Biscayne National Park, and the Lighthouse is open to visitors when a Park Ranger is available. Camping space is free and available on a first come, first served basis. Saltwater restrooms are the only public amenities. There is no electricity, freshwater, sinks or showers at this ocean paradise!
You Tube has a 1-minute video of the scenic harbor and bay from the observation deck of the Lighthouse including video of the Lighthouse.
For Map Directions, please visit the Google Map of Boca Chita Lighthouse.