Two of the Mendocino Coasts’ true star attractions are the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse and the Point Arena Lighthouse. These historic structures were built long before GPS and radar and served as beacons to the sea vessels that were daring enough to venture along Mendocino’s craggy seacoast.
Point Cabrillo Light Station
The Point Cabrillo Lighthouse is the centerpiece of the California Point Cabrillo Light Station Historic State Park, a 300 acre nature preserve set along the windswept bluffs of the Mendocino Coast. The Lighthouse is one of the few intact sea stations remaining on the Pacific. The Lighthouse was built in 1909 to provide safe passage in an area that had been plagued by shipwrecks. A visit to the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse is a visit back in time, when the ragged shoreline could spell disaster to intrepid seafarers. The Point offers visitors a great opportunity to see whales making their annual migratory journeys. There are also historical exhibits with information on the area’s marine life as well as about the history of this unique California outpost. The gift shop contains collectibles and original works by local artisans.
Point Arena Light House
At 115 feet, the historic Point Arena Lighthouse is one of the tallest lighthouses on the Pacific Coast. Surrounded by ocean on three sides, a visit to the Point Arena Lighthouse provides a truly dramatic experience, with stunning views in every direction. With its commanding views, a visit to Point Arena offers a spectacular opportunity to see the California Gray Whales during their migration up and down the coast.