127,000 Visit the Ponce de Leon Lighthouse each year!

Ponce Inlet Jetty

Ponce Inlet Jetty

Ponce Inlet is a town in Volusia County, Florida, United States. The population was 2,513 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 3,178.

The Town of Ponce Inlet is located on the southern tip of a beach peninsula, south of Daytona Beach and Daytona Beach Shores. Several marinas are located in Ponce Inlet, which is considered one of the area’s prime fishing spots. The area is prized by residents for its relaxed lifestyle and natural, uncrowded beaches.  The Ponce Inlet Jetty is also home to many local surfers in the Daytona Beach area.  During the summer months the swells can reach up to 12ft.  Surfers from all over the country seek out this popular surf location.

Ponce Inlet Surfers

Ponce Inlet Surfers

The lighthouse 

Lighthouse at Sunset

Lighthouse in Ponce Inlet, FL

Completed in 1887, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station was built when the area was known as Mosquito Inlet. After decades of restoration by the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association, it stands today as one of the best preserved, most complete Light Stations in the nation.

Visited by 127,000 people each year, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1998. The lighthouse tower and museum are located 12 miles south of Daytona Beach and are open to the public year round. The lighthouse is close to Orlando attractions, historic St. Augustine and the Kennedy Space Center. The Ponce Inlet Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in Florida and the second tallest lighthouse in the nation. Visitors who climb the 175-foot-tall lighthouse tower are treated to a magnificent view of the Florida coastline and Halifax River from Daytona Beach to New Smyrna Beach.

The lighthouse keepers’ dwellings and other historic light station buildings are now home to the lighthouse museum, with exhibits on lighthouse life, lighthouse and Fresnel lens restoration, the keepers and their families, Daytona Beach and Florida history, and shipwrecks. The Ayres Davies Lens Exhibit Building houses one of the finest collections of restored Fresnel lenses in the world, including the rotating first order Fresnel lens from the Cape Canaveral lighthouse and the restored original Ponce Inlet lighthouse first order Fresnel lens.


Ponce Church, Ponce Inlet, FL

Ponce Church, Ponce Inlet, FL

In 2003 the Tidwell family came to this beautiful town and founded Ponce Church the first Christian church in the history of Ponce Inlet.  Ponce Church and it’s congregation have welcomed hundreds of visitors over the years.  Some are year round residents and others are winter visitors along with those who vacation in Ponce Inlet during the summer months.  At Ponce Church you will be welcomed by founder and Pastor, Rick Tidwell along with his wife Pastor Nina.  Hot coffee and donuts are served at the coffee station right as you enter.  The atmosphere is very casual since Ponce Church is a Surfside church.  Shorts and sandals are encouraged, even the Pastor dresses in casual beach attire.  Ponce Church worship is contemporary.  The pastors oldest son Rich,  is the lead vocalist and plays guitar.  Brandi, his Fiance’ is also a musician sings and plays the piano. Their youngest son Robert plays the Djembe drum.  Pastor Rick a bible teacher of over 30 years delivers relevant messages that can be applied to modern-day life.  Service begins at 10:05AM – 11:00AM every Sunday at the community center in Ponce Inlet: 4670 S. Peninsula Dr.  More information can be found at http://www.poncechurch.com

Come and visit Ponce Inlet, Florida one of the most sought after beaches in the country.

About Nina Tidwell~Writer, Photographer & Pastor

I am happy to say that I have been married to my wonderful husband for 24 years. I love being a mother to our two boys. I am a published writer and photographer. My written work has been published in local magazines while raising our children in Phoenix, Arizona. While living in Ponce Inlet, FL my photography has been published in "Locals Only Surf Magazine" in Daytona Beach/Ponce Inlet, FL. I also love pastoring Ponce Church, Surfside located in Ponce Inlet, alongside my husband Rick. In 2003 as a family we pioneered the first church ever in the history of our wonderful town. As a family and a church we love to help others. My husband and I enjoy going for rides on our motorcycle and we love to walk on the beach. I am thankful to God for all of the blessings in our life. View all posts by Nina Tidwell~Writer, Photographer & Pastor

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