Hillsboro Inlet Lighthouse
Characteristics: Flashing white every twenty seconds.
Height: 142 feet, 175 steps
DayMark: Bottom half painted white; top half, including lantern, painted black.
Lens: Original: 2nd order bivalve Fresnel lens by Barbier Benard et Turenne, floating in a trough of mercury (1907-1992). Present: original lens with modern ball bearing system (2000). Focal Plane: 132 feet.
Construction: Designer: Office of the Lighthouse Engineers. Builders: Russel Wheel & Foundry. Octagonal, pyramidal, iron skeletal tower with central stair cylinder.
Other Buildings: Originally 3 keeper’s quarters, 3 barns, oil house & boat shed. Now has 2 keeper’s quarters, 2 converted barns & 1 converted radio/generator building.
26 15 33 N
80 04 51 W
Operated by: United States Coast Guard
Visit Status: Limited access to the public.
(for Q & A messages of “Frequently Asked Questions” see website below)
Days Open: 4 tours a year, see HLPS website for dates.
Facilities: Museum, Barefoot Mailman statue & 16 other points of interests.
Hours Open: First boat leaves 9:00 am (then approx. every 45 min.) Last boat leaves at 3:00 pm
Boat location: Sands Harbor Hotel north dock, 125 N. Riverside Dr., Pompano Beach 33062
Visitor Info: This iron-skeletal lighthouse is in a restricted area and normally closed to the public. It can be viewed by boat, or from Hillsboro Inlet Park at the A1A drawbridge.
Admission: HLPS tour only, see website.& click on “JOIN” for membership dues info.
Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society (HLPS)
P.O. Box 610326
Pompano Beach, FL 33061-0326
Phone (954) 942-2102