It was time to move from our lodging in South Miami Beach to our next destination so we stopped for lunch at the Rusty Pelican on Key Biscayne before heading inland (that's the downtown Miami skyline in the distance).
After lunch, we drove to the tip of the Key Biscayne island to visit the Cape Florida Lighthouse.
It may be mid-February, the middle of winter but - it's a great tourist season here in South Florida - daytime temperatures have been in the high 70's and low 80's F. Perfect.
Lots of people on the beach but no sense of being too crowded.
Of course I couldn't resist climbing the 95-feet-high lighthouse for the view. Access is provided as part of your park entrance fee ($8 USD per vehicle) but, you must climb the circular iron staircase to get to the top. And oh, what a view it was!
This retro perspective, on the other hand, I made in black and white and grainy intending to re-create the general feeling for beach-goers that might have existed when the lighthouse was first constructed in 1825.