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Point Cabrillo Light Station, Mendocino
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began operation in 1909 and, despite many threats to its preservation, continues to serve sailors today. The state historic park that houses the lighthouse boasts several historical buildings and wide Pacific Ocean views. You can access the light station buildings via two walks. The easier of the two starts at the south end of the parking lot and is paved. The dirt path located at the north end traverses grassland and coastal prairie. By the lighthouse, you can find three restored lightkeeper homes, one of which has been transformed into a period museum. Its artifacts and displays illustrate the lighthouse's history and provide a glimpse of local history. Plan to visit Point Cabrillo Light Station during your Mendocino vacation using our convenient Mendocino holiday planner.
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  • This is one of the lighthouses along the California coast. It's not impressive in its height, but the lens is still operating and it's quite pretty. There's a half mile walk on a paved road out to the...  more »
  • Not only is the lighthouse there for you to see, but there are also 3 of the lighthouse keepers cottages beautifully restored. Two can be reserved for private rentals, and one houses an downstairs mus...  more »
  • This is a very well preserved old lighthouse that's been here since the mid 19th Century. a half mile walk from the parking lot takes you to several buildings that house a small BandB and a museum. Th...  more »
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  • This is one of three lighthouses we stopped at on our west cost trip. It is a bit of a walk in as you have to park up the road by the visitors center. But the day was sunny and warm and the walk addend to the visit. The local historical society looks after the lighthouse and the adjacent buildings. We especially liked the assistant keeper's house which was open for viewing and was set up like it would have been when it was in service. There was information posted to tell about life on the station. Very informative. The lady in the lighthouse was also very informative and had good stories to tell. Just outside the lighthouse is an environmentally friendly bank stabilization project to look at. Lastly, this is the headland and of course very scenic.
  • This lighthouse is a hidden gem away from the crowd. There is a trail from the parking to the lighthouse. It's a beautiful walk. The staff are super friendly and caring. There is a small aquarium which features Northern California sea life. It's beautiful and offered free of charge. There is also a small museum to showcase how light keeper lived in the beginning of the 1900's. Also free of charge.
  • Was there 4th May 2014. Awesome place. The view is very beautiful. The park Ranger, she was very very nice. Plan on going back. Not sure when as I live in Missouri. But it's worth the trip!
  • Stunning and serene views. A peaceful and quiet place to relax.
  • Great views for photography and a picnic. Go inside and ask about the old bulb switcher for blown out bulbs. Really neat!