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Punta Higuero Light

Coordinates: 18°21′43.3″N 67°16′15.5″W / 18.362028°N 67.270972°W / 18.362028; -67.270972
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Punta Higuero Lightouse
LocationRincón, Puerto Rico
Coordinates18°21′43.3″N 67°16′15.5″W / 18.362028°N 67.270972°W / 18.362028; -67.270972
Automated1933 [1]
Height21 m (69 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
ShapeOctagonal cylindrical
HeritageNational Register of Historic Places listed place Edit this on Wikidata
First lit1892
Focal height27 m (89 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
LensSixth order 1892
Range9 nmi (17 km; 10 mi) Edit this on Wikidata
CharacteristicOc W 4s Edit this on Wikidata
Faro de Punta Higuero
MPSLighthouse System of Puerto Rico TR
NRHP reference No.81000560 [2]

Punta Higuero Lighthouse, also known as Faro de Punta Higuero, is an historic lighthouse located in Rincón, Puerto Rico. The original building was built in 1892 by the Spanish government and was rebuilt in 1922 by the United States Coast Guard.[3]

In 1892 the original light was built as a fixed white, 6th order dioptric station and had a 6-mile-range (9.7 km) light beam. According to the Historic American Engineering Record, "Its Mediterranean appearance came from an elaborate combination of exposed and indented brick work in the facades—around doors and windows—and corners."[4] The "castle" look was further emphasized by reddish stucco imitating stone-work on all facades and the very elaborate exposed brick cornice topped by a parapet built in lace-like brick-work. The lighthouse was severely damaged by the 1918 earthquake that struck the west part of the island.

The new light was placed in commission on January 12, 1922.[5] The building suffered fire damage after the light was automated in 1933 and was later razed. The town of Rincón built El Faro Park around the lighthouse, a popular spot for surfing and whale watching.[6]


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  1. ^ "Historic Light Station Information and Photography: Puerto Rico". United States Coast Guard Historian's Office. Archived from the original on 2017-05-01. Retrieved March 26, 2009.
  2. ^ "Inventory of Historic Light Stations National Park Service". Archived from the original on April 3, 2009. Retrieved March 27, 2009.
  3. ^ "Rincón 1". Ediciones Digitales. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  4. ^ Murphy, Kevin (August 1984). "Faro de Punta Higuero" (PDF). Historic American Engineering Record. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress. p. 1. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  5. ^ "Rincón 2". Ediciones Digitales. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  6. ^ Franklin, Marie C. (2003-10-26). "Waves of pleasure in Rincon". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved March 26, 2009.