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California Lighthouse, Noord

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#1 of 13 in Historic Sites in Aruba
Stop by California Lighthouse for a slice of local history and arguably the finest views in this island nation. Named after an ill-fated ship that wrecked here in 1891, the stone lighthouse looks over the coastline and treats visitors to unobstructed views of sandy beaches and nearby golf courses. The surrounding area offers opportunities for dune surfing, while a nearby restaurant ensures no one goes hungry or thirsty. If you time your visit with early evening, you'll see a giant orange sun gently dropping into the sea. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to California Lighthouse by using our Noord trip planner .
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  • This was our first stop during a tour of the island. Recommendable place. Beautiful panoramic view of the island, there is a "shed" souvenirs, local selling coconuts, a parrot that is not one of the visitor more attraction than the lighthouse. I recommend heartily.
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  • Definitely a sight worth seeing. Have not gone to the top of the lighthouse yet, but on the list of activities for our next visit.  more »
  • We went on an island tour and this was one of our stops on the tour. The location of the lighthouse is pretty. They also offer daily tours if you want to go inside.  more »
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  • One of the few tourist attractions on the island. The lighthouse was restored, so you can now take a tour to the top, for a $10us fee. Views from the ground are very good too- you can see a good part of the western part of the island. There's a restaurant, where you also buy a ticket to the top but also a restroom to use for a $1us fee (It's air conditioned, so you can cool off in there for a bit) There are usually 2/3 food trucks, that specialize in cooling drinks. Worth a trip to see.
  • The view of the island and the surrounding waters of Aruba is just spectacular! We hiked here in the morning from our hotel and it was worth the hour-plus walk both ways. There are also bus tours that stop here daily if you'd rather visit in air conditioned comfort. The lighthouse itself was renovated in 2015-2016 and looks to be in great shape. If you are hungry or a bit thirsty from your travels, there is a roadside food truck serving drinks as well as a restaurant on-site where you can sit and grab a drink and a bite.
  • Some what cool lighthouse not located in California. It's not as neat as the ones in New England or the Great Lakes region, but its something to do if you want to get away from the resort or experience Aruba......It's a 20 mile square rock, there is nothing to experience or do. Its the Alcatraz of The Caribbean. Seriously, you should have really gone to Hawaii instead. Just hang at the beach, get tan and let your worries melt away. Mahalo. 🚨🚨🚦🚦🚦🛥🛥🛥⛴⛴⛴
  • The California Lig hut house is your standard run of the mill tourist attraction. Don't get me wrong, it is an absolutely beautiful lighthouse. But at the end of the day, it's just a lighthouse. Disclaimer. We didn't look at the hours before we went to the California Lighthouse, and went before it opened...so we never got a tour and we weren't able to go to the top. But the California lighthouse is just one of those sights you have to see when you're in Aruba, so go check it out!
  • Its a beautiful place to see Wether sun rise or sun set. The view ids spectacular. With view to all the way back to tge high rise and nearby beaches & housing.
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