Jump on a boat for a 20 minute ride down the intercoastal to the Lighthouse!. Be sure to bring your camera, the view at the top is SPECTACULAR!!!! 'The Big Diamond' is the nickname of our lighthouse. It comes from the shape of the glass on the outside of the lantern room. Each piece of glass is in the shape of a diamond. If you haven't noticed before, take a closer look—climb our TOWER for a spectacular view of the area and an adventure of a lifetime! Hillsboro Inlet Light is considered one of the most powerful lights in the world with a beam that can be seen for 28 nautical miles (52 km; 32 mi). The octagonal iron pyramidal tower was built at Russel Wheel & Foundry Co in Detroit, Michigan, moved to the Hillsboro Inlet Light Station in 1906, and lit on March 7, 1907. Its second-order bivalve Fresnel lens emits a light measuring 5.5 megacandelas and is placed 136 feet (41 m) above sea level. The light marks the northern limit of the Florida Reef, an underwater coral formation on the lower east coast of the state.