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The Best Lighthouse Views

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Built on dangerous shoals and safe harbors, lighthouses often occupy the prettiest pieces of coastline. These lighthouses yield some of our favorite views, but they also offer more than what immediately meets the eye. From historic tours to a good night's sleep, these lighthouse expeditions are worth the stairs.
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La Gloria, Isla Mujeres, Q.R., Mexico
If you're not a fan of huge resorts and big hotels, Isla Mujeres is the perfect getaway from Cancun. Just catch the ferry to the island located 13km to the northeast of Cancun. The ferry ride in itself is enjoyable, as you float over shallow reefs...
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12 Captain Strout Cir, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107, USA
My wife and I had flown overnight from Arizona to Maine--the next morning, the first stop (after coffee) for our ocean-starved eyes was here. The Portland Head Light, just south of the city, is one of the oldest (commissioned by George...
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Point Sur, California 93940, USA
On a craggy rock in north Big Sur, the Point Sur lighthouse has beamed through furious fog, rain, and wind since 1889. Volunteers lead moonlit tours from late April through October that allow visitors access to the lighthouse tower, old housing...
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Yachats Ocean Rd, Yachats, OR 97498, USA
All I could say when I saw this stunning lighthouse perched on the rocky cliff near Yachats, Oregon was "Wow". I am certainly a sucker for lighthouses, especially ones that have the dramatic landscape surrounding it. The Heceta Head is about 15...
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89038 Palizzi RC, Italy
Sardinia’s third-oldest lighthouse, which dates to 1866, is now a six-suite hotel, Faro Capo Spartivento. Accessible only via the hotel’s jeep, Faro Capo inspires visitors with Murano glass chandeliers, an offbeat library, and a Mediterranean...
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1267 Cape Naturaliste Rd, Naturaliste WA 6281, Australia
Starting from Cape Leeuwin in the south, the 84-mile Cape to Cape Track weaves through technicolor heathlands, dense karri (eucalyptus) forests, and lonely beaches to Cape Naturaliste in the north. For a scenic day trip, hike the coastal segment...
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Llanos Costa, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
Lighthouses are common in any coastal town or island. Many are still in working condition, others are simply sites for the eyes. Cabo Rojo is a must-visit cliff on the southwest corner of Puerto Rico. From here, your view of the Caribbean is...
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Reykjavík, Iceland
Outskirts of REYKJAVIK, Iceland --- We travelled on the Golden Circle, a popular tourist route that covers about 300 km with primary stops that include national park Þingvellir, the waterfall Gullfoss (meaning "golden falls"), and the geothermally...
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Av. Maipú 505, V9410 Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Ushuaia, Argentina, feels like the end of the world -- because it basically is. At the southernmost tip of Argentine Tierra del Fuego, it's as far south as you can go without heading to Antarctica. In fact, this is one of the departure points for...
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603 Fort Rodd Hill Rd, Victoria, BC V9C 2W8, Canada
For great views of boats and seaplanes and water and mountains this is the spot. The kids will like the chance to pilot a virtual boat, and the grownups can check out the vintage lighthouse-keeper supplies: French toothpaste and pickup sticks....
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Ko Chang District, Trat, Thailand
A quaint lighthouse sits on one of the many ports off the island of Ko Chang, in the Gulf of Thailand.
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723 2nd St, Annapolis, MD 21403, USA
You really can't leave a port city without looking at some of its lighthouses if they still exist. Three-hour long tours to the remote Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse (built in 1875) are organized through the Annapolis Maritime Museum. You'll first...
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Urk, Netherlands
Urk Lighthouse is a lighthouse in Urk at the eastern banks of the IJsselmeer. From 1617 a coal fire was used for the local fishermen as well as for the ships sailing from Amsterdam to the North Sea. The current lighthouse station was established...
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Snaefellsnes, Iceland
As we set out for a driving tour around Snæfellsnes Peninsula, our poetic Front Desk manager insists we visit Öndverðarnes. “If the world had a place where it came to an end, it would look like this”, he declares soulfully, “And if you need to...