Point Arena Lighthouse

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45500 Lighthouse Road , Point Arena, CA, USA

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a good stop for the lighthouse buff Nov 11, 2015
Located on the coast of southern Mendocino County about 130 miles north of San Francisco is the tiny rustic coastal town; Point Arena. It's population is only under 500, and the residents are proud to have Point Arena Lighthouse in their territory.

Initially constructed in 1870 this tall and lanky lighthouse (115 feet) suffered a significant damage from the San Fran earthquake in 1906. After rebuilding, it started to operate 18 months after again. It was restored immediately for cargo ships' safety that carried building materials to the city of San Francisco.

The Point Arena Lighthouse, which setting is one of the most peaceful surroundings, and I imagine a spectacular panoramic view from the lantern room at its very top. Guests can climb with the company of a tour guide, but it was foggy when we stopped by, so we didn’t get to do that.

Point Arena Lighthouse featured a Fresnel lens, the largest standard size made. It was a 6 feet in diameter and weighed more than 6 tons! However, this great lens is no longer beaming; instead, the Fresnel lens is now on display in the fog signal building.

Fees for guided tours is $10.00 per head while self-guided tours of the ground are $7.00 per person. The lighthouse premises is open daily. Make sure to wander around the sweeping cliff views but with precautions. Here, is a fantastic opportunity for picture taking.

A gift shop features souvenirs to take home, but, of course, prices are a bit stiff. Further in is like a mini-museum where some interpretive displays to learn more about the lighthouse.

Those who want to stay overnight, accommodations in the former lighthouse keeper's inns are available and furnished. However, I bet it must be expensive to stay there.

Direction to the lighthouse is easy. From CA Hwy 1 make a turn onto Lighthouse Road. Keep following that road for a couple of miles until you reach the parking area. Hand your fees at the entrance gate before entering the premises.

From the intersection of CA Hwy 1 and Lighthouse Road, is a country inn, another option for those who want to stay overnight. Also, a small restaurant that offer simple meals is next to the cottage.
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Andraf says:
Can you believe that I lived in San Francisco for 8 years and traveled extensively around the state but have never been in the Mendocino County? Maybe on my next trip to San Francisco I'll finally go
Posted on: Jan 11, 2017
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