As I was finishing up this post, I discovered that today, August 6th, is National Lighthouse Day. And I just happen to have lighthouse photography to share from our recent trip to the beach.
Ponce Inlet is a place that is well known to Florida residents who head over to the Atlantic beaches. The name is short for Ponce De Leon, and the lighthouse is an attraction. These photos were taken from the south side of the inlet at New Smyrna beach. To get to the lighthouse you must travel up to Port Orange and come in from the other side.
The lighthouse is one of the tallest in the U.S. and is the tallest in Florida. Pay the price and you can climb to the top, which I have never done. It’s on my to-do list / bucket list.
The day I took these pictures we were spending time at New Smyrna Beach and decided to drive up to see the jetty area. The long rocky trail juts out into the ocean and is a popular place to fish. Often surfers like to catch waves near the jetty, and often they are bitten by sharks!
On our visit a complete stranger began telling us that because of the full moon, the tide was extra high and was washing out the area. You can see that in my photo below.
This area is at the tip of Smyrna Dunes Park, which contains a long boardwalk that goes out to the beach area and jetty. The day we visited the stairway to the boardwalk was taped off because the sand had been washed away from the pilings. The entire boardwalk is now being re-done and should be complete by summer 2018.
This photo was taken on the inlet side of the jetty, looking out toward the ocean. The inlet area has a wide beach at low tide with tide pools and is a fun place to walk and collect shells.
View the official page of the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.