I love Hillsboro Lighthouse. The idyllic setting reminds me of Gilligan's Island. While the castaways were marooned, thankfully tour boats depart and embark regularly. The Hillsboro Lighthouse Preservation Society has a tour scheduled for this Saturday, September 11.
Swaying palms trees and calming azure water, belies its noble purpose. The lighthouse was built after four centuries of wrecks on area reefs. It has a black and white day mark. The top of the lighthouse is painted black to make it visible above the trees. The bottom white half contrasts against the trees.
The lighthouse, also called "Big Diamond" is unique. With a beam of 28 nautical miles, it has the strongest light beam of all US lighthouses. It has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978.