Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Point Arena Lighthouse

Point Arena Lighthouse is perched on a cliff overlooking the California north coast. The lighthouse is the tallest on the west coast and over 100 years old. Guided tours of the lighthouse are offered daily by the nonprofit Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers Association

One unique thing about the lighthouse is that the keeper homes and one keeper's room are available for overnight lodging. Each home hast three bedrooms, two baths a wood burning fireplace. If you looking for an off the beaten path vacation rental this is the place for you. If you decide to take the tour you get to climb to the top of the tower and out onto the balcony for spectacular view of the Pacific coast. Point Arena is about 140 miles north of San Francisco. Driving time is a little over three hours depending on traffic conditions.

Point Arena is also home to some of the best surfing along the North Coast. The town is not much to look at but on the north side of the pier the point can produce some really fun rides. In town there are a few stores a couple of hotels and that's about it. Point Arena Wharf is used commercial and private fishing boats and about the only other industry is tourism and growing marijuana. About 20 minutes south of the Point Arena Lighthouse is Gualala is a larger city offering shopping, dinning, art galleries, coastal access. The main attraction is the lighthouse and the beautiful north coast scenery. Arrive early its a long drive back down the coast from the lighthouse. More about Point Arena Lighthouse.