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 Public Lands, 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.
May is the Best Gray Whale (and Harbor Seal) Watching on the Coast – it is Moms & Babies Time!
We invite you to come and experience the cycle of life off the shores of the Lighthouse point. May sees the North bound migration of our beloved gray whale moms and calves continuing, and we offer the best spot to see them – our 23 acres of oceanfront grounds and the tallest Lighthouse on the Pacific coast! You can also enjoy the nearby harbor seal rookeries, both on Lighthouse Road on your way to and from the Lighthouse and near Sonoma County Regional Park’s Shell Beach on The Sea Ranch (about 30 minutes south of the Lighthouse).
Make the Point Arena Lighthouse your base for enjoying these special animals on our coast. Pick your favorite cottage – from the cozy and romantic Keeper’s Room up to the showplace Assistant Keeper’s House 4 – to stay in and watch the whales from your windows or outside on the bluffs.
Luxury Lodging Comes to the Lighthouse Vacation Rentals!
The 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.