Ponce Inlet Travel Guide

  • Yes, the pelican is real.
    Yes, the pelican is real.
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  • Lighthouse from the ICW
    Lighthouse from the ICW
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  • Things to Do
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Ponce Inlet Highlights

  • Pro
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     Nice, pretty 

  • Con
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     no stores, lots of expensive houses, parking 

  • In a nutshell
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     a pleasant way to spend an afternoon 

Ponce Inlet Things to Do

  • Visit the lighthouse

    the liighthouse was built in 1887 and has been restored over the past decade. You can climb to the top and see for miles. Not as interesting or fun as the lighthouses in New England, but I have to admit, ANY lighthouse is pretty cool if you ask me.

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  • Go deep sea fishing

    There's no shortage of fishing charters here. My favorite is Critterfleet. They run 1/2 and full day charters and the staff is awesome. For about $50, they will take you out, supply rods and bait. They even unhook and clean your fish. If the fish aren't biting, they will move the boat to a spot where they are. One tip, if you are anything other...

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  • Mosquito Inlet Light

    The Ponce de Leon Inlet was called Mosquito Inlet when the lighthouse was built in 1887. Ponce de Leon Light Station was designated a historic landmark in 1998. It is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m in the winter, and can be climbed for an excellent view of the surrounding countryside.There were 10 buildings in the museum - one of them had an exhibit...

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Ponce Inlet Shopping

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    Gift shop display

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 1, 2005

    In order to get to the museum, you have to pass through the gift shop. This building was built in 1992 from blueprints drawn in 1883 by the architect of our lighthouse for a keeper's dwelling planned for construction at this light station but never built. The restrooms, and research library are here also.

    This is the first building on the map of the grounds. The other 11 buildings in the complex are under General Tips (the lens building) and Local Customs.

    What to buy: In addition to the usual T-shirts and souveniers there are also more upscale items in this gift shop. I didn't buy anything here.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

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Ponce Inlet Local Customs

  • Oil Storage House

    Last item (#12) on the list of things to see in the lighthouse grounds, I did find this very interesting. It had several ATONS (aids to navigation) displayed inside.These are the specifics: "Built in 1887 with a unique double-wall ventilation system for safety, this was one of the first and largest buildings ever built at a lighthouse in the United...

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  • USLHS Bell

    This is listed at #11 on the lighthouse museum list of things to so. I took this picture from the back, but didn't bother to go around to the front to photograph it with the sign. From the museum website: "This 600-pound bronze bell was cast by the E.A. Williams Bell Founders, Jersey City, NJ, in 1911. Bells like this were used by the United States...

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  • Generator/Radio Shack Building

    This is what the website says about this building, which is #9 on the list."Originally a woodshed and privy for the First Assistant Keeper's family, two electrical generators, like the one still here, were installed in the woodshed room in 1940, when a radio beacon was established at this Light Station. In 1943, the Coast Guard built the "Radio...

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Ponce Inlet Warnings and Dangers

  • Speeders Beware

    Don't get in a hurry if you go to Ponce Inlet. Their police vigorously check speed on the main 4-lane road into town, especially as it turns from 2-lane to 4-lane just where one might think the speed may be increased. Observe the posted signs, and don't ~assume~ speed limits change just because the road becomes broader. No warnings, no slack for...

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  • No Water, No Food, No Backpacks

    I can understand prohibiting food inside the grounds, but I can't quite see why they prohibit water (and it was raining when we were there) unless they want you to buy the water that they have for sale.

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  • No View from the South

    Even though this is the tallest lighthouse in Florida and is visible from a long ways off on the ICW, you can't see any more than the top of it from the south side of the inlet.

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Ponce Inlet Sports & Outdoors

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    Lighthouse from the ICW

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 1, 2005

    This inlet is now called Ponce de Leon Inlet (Ponce for short). It seems Mosquito Inlet does not resonate with developers.

    It is not a class A inlet, but I've been unable to find out what class inlet it is. The lighthouse publicity says it is 'feared' by mariners.

    But last time we were on the ICW coming north, as we approached this area Bob asked me what the state of the tide. I was trying to get the NOAA weather to see what it was. While I was distracted, he almost went out Ponce Inlet by mistake. Could have done it - not too much wind. But we turned around and went back to the ICW because otherwise we'd have had to skip going to Titusville.

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Ponce Inlet Favorites

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    First Order Fresnel Lens from Ponce Light

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 1, 2005

    Favorite thing: Part of the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse Museum is in building #10 The Ayres Davies Lens Exhibit Building. The other parts of the museum (other than the gift shop which is under Shopping Tips) are listed under Local Customs.

    This is a new building, built in 1995, and not one of the historic buildings on the site although it was designed to blend in with them. Inside is a collection of lighthouse lenses (and an explanation of what makes a lens a First Order, Second Order etc.) and exhibits explaining the history and technology of Lighthouse Illumination including the biography of Augstin-Jean Fresnell the French engineer who invented the Fresnell lens c 1822.

    Also the story of the restoration of the lens that was used in the Ponce lighthouse from 1933 to 1970 (pictured).

    Also on display is the First Order Fresnel lens that was used in the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse from 1868 to 1993.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Sailing and Boating
    • Museum Visits

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