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The Point Arena Lighthouse stands as an iconic figure on the landscape of the American Pacific Coast. No other lighthouse offers such a fully interactive experience in the exchange between history, science and natural beauty. Sometimes brilliantly sunny, other times fog-shrouded and mysterious, always ruggedly beautiful, the lighthouse is a place to find something different, a place where the romance is real and the experience is profound. Surrounded by water on three sides, and shouldered adjacent to the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument, the Point Arena Lighthouse is the premiere visitor destination in Mendocino County. It is also one of the best whale watching spots on the North Coast, with the annual Gray Whale migration from late November through May, Humpbacks throughout the year, the occasional pod of transient Killer Whales and even Blue Whales.  Watch for the spouts, tails and breaches from the top of the Tower and from the trails and gazebo.  With nightly lodging and tours of the lighthouse offered daily, what will you discover on your next visit?

Our Mission Statement

To maintain in perpetuity, the historic Point Arena Light Station – including the 23 coastal acres it encompasses, its 115 ft. Lighthouse Tower and its 1896 Fog Signal Building – for the inspiration, education and the enjoyment of all generations to come.

The Reason The Light Will Always Be On

Visitors often ask “why do we still have lighthouses in this day and age of GPS, satellite navigation, maritime electronics and the like?”  The best answer we can give is this amazing voicemail we received in March 2017 from a long time mariner that got home safely because of our light.  We will ALWAYS have the light shining brightly – we’re a Lighthouse and that’s why we’re here!

Lighthouse Lodging Seasonal Special & Mina Money is Back!  

Have you stayed in our historic Lighthouse Keeper’s Houses yet? Now is a great time to book a trip, because our Seasonal Special is going on – if you stay for three consecutive nights from now through the end of February, the third night is FREE!

We are also bringing back the very popular “Mina Money” for all of our Lodging guests during the months of December and January! Book a stay of any length from now through January 31 and you will receive 15% of your base lodging amount back to you in the form of “Mina Money,” featuring our Lighthouse Cat Arena Mina! Point Arena Lighthouse “Mina Money” can be used in the Gift Store for all of your holiday shopping – and don’t forget that right now there’s a big holiday sale going on! Book a relaxing stay to get away from it all AND get your holiday shopping taken care of – what could be better?

Please note: “Mina Money” and Seasonal Specials are not valid during the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s. Good for new bookings and stays after December 10th only. Mina Money is valid with Seasonal Special and Member discounts.

Mina Money terms and Conditions of Use
You can use your Lighthouse Mina Money at the Point Arena Lighthouse Gift Store only. Lighthouse Mina Money expires on January 31, 2019 at 3:30 pm. Simply present your Lighthouse Mina Money when purchasing items in the Gift Store. Lighthouse Mina Money can be spent on anything in the Gift Store, including sale items. Lighthouse Mina Money cannot be traded for real cash, and if your purchase is less than the value of your Lighthouse Mina Money no cash will be given back as change. Have fun shopping!

Spotlight On Our Next Lecture

Saturday, December 15 at 4 p.m.  

On Saturday, December 15 at 4 p.m.  Hank Birnbaum will present “Fort Ross:  Then & Now” as part of the Lighthouse Lecture Series.  Our North Coast’s Fort Ross served and continues to serve as a very unique crossroads between our native Pomo, the Russians with Alaska Native hunters, and the Spanish/Mexican empire to the south. Learn about the hidden stories, enduring legacy and ongoing activities of Metini-Fort Ross and Fort Ross Conservancy.

Make your reservations by calling  877-725-4448 ext. 1 or or 707-882-2809 ext. 1.

Gift Store Holiday Sale on from Friday, November 23 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019!

The Point Arena Lighthouse Gift Store is holding its annual Holiday Sale from Friday, November 23 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Many items will be marked down from 25% to 75% and shoppers can select great gifts from a variety of outerwear, jewelry, home décor, toys, books and more.  Get your holiday shopping done early and at bargain prices!

For more information about the Holiday Sale please contact the Lighthouse at (707) 882-2809, ext. 2 or visit

SFGATE puts the Keeper’s Apartment on its Top 10 Unique Vacation Rentals in the West!

SFGATE, the internet site of the San Francisco Chronicle, featured the Point Arena Lighthouse’s Keeper’s Apartment in its list of Top 10 Unique Vacation Rentals in the West.  Check out ALL of our unique vacation cottages and come stay at the Lighthouse!

Luxury Lodging Comes to the Lighthouse Vacation Rentals!

20160812_113159The renovation of Assistant Keeper’s House 4 is complete, and this oceanfront showplace is now available for vacation rentals!  This completely reimagined 3 bedroom, 2 bath home features gourmet chef’s kitchen, beautifully furnished living and dining rooms, custom tile baths, designer furniture and linens in all bedrooms, unique art and decorative features and more.  Check out the “Over the Top” review on TripAdvisor from our first guests and the “Awesome Accomodations” review from a repeat guest! Call the Lighthouse at 877-725-4448 ext. 1 or 707-882-2809 ext. 1 for reservations, or make your reservations online.