U.S. Coast Guard
This lighthouse was designed by famed engineer George Meade. It is the tallest of the Florida reef towers.
Tower Height: 160
Height of Focal Plane: 142
Description of Tower: Brown, skeletal pyramidal cast iron tower with integral keeper's quarters.
Listed on the Lighthouse Digest Doomsday List of endangered lighthouses.
This light is operational
Date Established: 1858
Date Present Tower Built: 1858
Date Automated: 1963
Optics: First order Fresnel lens; now 190 mm. The Fresnel lens is now on display at the Key West Lighthouse Museum. photographed in 1991.
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? no
Sombrero Key Light can be seen from a side road in Marathon on Vaca Key. Turn onto FL Route 931 (North Sombrero Road). Continue on connecting Sombrero Beach Road to Sombrero Beach Park (two miles). Walk to the shoreline; the lighthouse lies off to the right. The park is open sunrise to sunset; free admission.