Just south of Daytona Beach you will find Ponce Inlet. Along with awesome waves, the area is best known for being home to Florida’s tallest lighthouse and a marine science center with interactive exhibits, a boardwalk, observation tower and nature trails.
The Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is located 10 miles south of Daytona Beach in the Town of Ponce Inlet. Situated on the north bank of Ponce Inlet where the Halifax and Indian Rivers flow into the Atlantic Ocean, the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Museum is a must see for anyone interested in Florida, maritime, or local history.
It is said that in 1513, Juan Ponce De Leon was exploring the land and waters around the inlet that today bears his name. In 1886-87, a 175 foot high lighthouse was built and named after Ponce de Leon.
Ponce Inlet, Florida was named after Antonio Ponce, who was granted land here during the Spanish occupation of Florida.
In 1963, the Town of Ponce Inlet was incorporated. The first Town Council was sworn in at the lighthouse office.
The lighthouse still dominates this small, sleepy town of fishing boats, natural parks, and a growing array of condominiums and vacation properties.
Ponce inlet offers one of the areas only dog friendly beaches where for a small fee your dog can go and play on the beach and in the sea.