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Point Arena Lighthouse

Point Arena Lighthouse is a lighthouse located north of Point Arena in Mendocino County, California, in the United States.

The first Europeans who arrive at Point Arena was the Spanish Bartolome Ferrer in 1543, who called him Cabo de Fortunas (Cape of Fortunes). The cape was renamed Punta Delgado in 1775 by Lieutenant Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra (commander of the schooner Sonora), member of a royal expedition chartered by the government of Mexico to map the north coast of Upper California. . Later, the cape and the small port town to the south of it, were called Barra de Arena, then Point Arena. Point Arena is a narrow sandy peninsula that measures 800 m and this sand bar creates a natural danger for navigation, hence the need for a lighthouse and a fog signal.

Point Arena Lighthouse It is registered at the California Historical Landmark under number 1035. It has been entered in the National Register of Historic Places since July 16, 1991

Access : Coordinates: Address:38.95475, -123.7405 / 45500 Lighthouse Rd, Point Arena, CA 95468, United States / Point Arena Lighthouse It is located approximately 130 miles (210 km) north of San Francisco.

Highlights :

  •  Description : It is a cylindrical tower 35 m high, with gallery and lantern, mounted on a high circular base. It now emits, at a focal height of 47 m, a white glow every 15 seconds thanks to a DCB-224 type beacon (en). Its nominal range is 25 nautical miles (approximately 46 km).
  •  Marine protected areas : The Point Arena State Marine Reserve and the Point Arena State Conservatory Marine Area are two marine protected areas that extend off Point Arena. Like underwater parks, these marine protected areas help preserve marine life and ecosystems.
  •  Point Arena Lighthouse Nature Trail : Point Arena Lighthouse Nature Trail is a 0.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Point Arena, California. The trail will present you with wild flowers and its difficulty is rated as easy. The trail offers several activities and is accessible all year round.

Facilities- Services : a small museum and a gift shop. Guided tours of the lighthouse as well as self-guided tours of the park are available daily.

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., until 4.30 p.m. in summer. Adult entry US $ 7.50, under 11 years old US $ 1.

Activities : sightseeing / photo opportunities / trekking . / Daily tours, rental homes & a museum./ landscape observation / educational activities.

Go next : the town of Mendocino is located on the coast of Mendocino County / Fort Bragg ,a small town on California’s North Coast / Albion in Mendocino County

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