Lighthouse Beach

Photo by Jason Welch

What makes Lighthouse Beach unique?

Besides being an historical landmark, our Marine Biologist, Rebecca Mensch, says "Being on the bay side of the island means that Lighthouse Beach is more protected (not directly exposed to the harsh weather coming off the Gulf of Mexico). More protected = less energy (smaller waves). This means the beach has a much smoother slope and finer sand than places like Blind Pass. Less energy usually translates to smaller shells in good shape; there isn't the energy to push up a lot of larger/heavier shells from deeper water, but that also means that the shells aren't getting as broken. Any large Lightning Whelk or Horse Conch that dies right on the sandbars there will end up on that beach (so you still might find some big shells), but it's the exception rather than the rule. My personal favorite beach, because I like small things like wentletraps and tusk shells."


Comments

We really love this beach! It's best in the summer when there is hardly anyone there, but it's always beautiful in the early mornings.




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"Being on the bay side of the island means that Lighthouse Beach is more protected (not directly exposed to the harsh weather coming off the Gulf of Mexico)... My personal favorite beach, because I like small things like wentletraps and tusk shells." - Rebecca Mensch, M.S. Museum Marine Biologist

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