RV Camping to America’s Gulf Coast Lighthouses

America’s Gulf Coast is rich in history, fascinating cultural traditions and scenic RV campgrounds. We can’t think of a nicer motorhome tour of the Gulf Coast Region than to visit its historic lighthouses. Allow us to shed some light on the great lights of America’s Gulf Coast.

Texas Lighthouses
Although many of the lighthouses along Texas’ Gulf Coast have been destroyed by hurricanes, RV travelers can still visit a handful with fascinating pasts. A perfect photo opportunity awaits the tourist who is willing to take a ferry trip across Galveston Bay from Galveston to Point Bolivar. Bolivar Point light is not open for public tours, but dramatic photos of this pre-Civil War era lighthouse can definitely be taken from the deck of the ferry.

Port Isabel Light

Port Isabel Light

Take a trip to the entrance of Queen Isabella Causeway in Port Isabel, Texas to tour Port Isabel Light. Sitting high on a bluff, this light looks across to Padre Island. Built in 1853, it is now part of Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Park.

While you’re there, plan to stay at Port Isabel Park Center, where you can fish from their private dock and enjoy a picture-perfect view of the lighthouse. By the way, this website by the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill has detailed information on Texas lighthouses.

Mississippi Lighthouses
Another great RV road trip lighthouse lovers should take is to Biloxi, Mississippi, where they’ll find a wonderfully restored lighthouse right in the median of a four-lane highway! Biloxi Lighthouse was completely refurbished following Hurricane Katrina and is even featured on a US postage stamp. Fox’s RV Park is close to the lighthouse, and all the attractions of this Gulf Coast city.

Florida Lighthouses
A number of lighthouses dot the shoreline of Florida, on both the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. Pensacola Lighthouse is the perfect place to travel by RV with children, because they’ll love the history exhibits, moonlight tours and ghost hunts! Park your RV at Playa del Rio RV Resort and Yacht Club, then visit the lighthouse and come back to the white sand beach adjacent to this Pensacola campground.

Boca Grande Lighthouse

Boca Grande Lighthouse

Gasparilla Island State Park, on a barrier island off Florida’s Gulf shore, is home to Boca Grande Lighthouse. This unusual “lighthouse on stilts” has been completely restored by a local historical society and offers tours and events year-round.

One more fascinating Florida Gulf Coast lighthouse to visit is on Egmont Key, accessible only by private charter boat. Having been struck by lightning, pounded by hurricanes and fought over by Union and Confederate forces, this quiet monument now stands as a reminder of Florida’s early history.

Louisiana Lighthouses
Now on the grounds of the University of New Orleans, the Port Pontchartrain Lighthouse is closed for tours, but you can hike the shoreline and photograph to your heart’s content. On the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, you’ll also find historic Tchefuncte River Lighthouse, best reached by lake excursion boat. Beautiful Tchefuncte RV Campground, on the banks of the river is right in the heart of New Orleans area attractions.

Feeling enlightened? It’s never too early to start planning your next Gulf Coast lighthouse RV trip. Go to El Monte RV Rentals to find the most convenient RV rentals location. It’s time to follow America’s great lights to the perfect RV camping vacation.

To find more lightouses check out this great resource: The Lighthouse Directory.

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One Response to RV Camping to America’s Gulf Coast Lighthouses

  1. Motorhomes in Texas says:

    there is so many old memories with Texas’ Gulf coast, which is destroyed by hurricanes, thanks for remembering my old days, nice blog

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