Most visitors know Mendocino County for the towns of Mendocino and Fort Bragg, with historic and picturesque landscapes, architecture, and northern coastal ambience.
South of these celebrated and renowned locations, however, nests a rugged bit of coastline trailing from Elk to Gualala that locals affectionately call the “south coast.” In the hub of this area sits Point Arena, the Point Arena Lighthouse, and the Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument. With so much natural beauty to see it’s easy to start planning your visit around these national icons. For special events happening at the Lighthouse you can check out our Calendar of Events. But for more “things to do” we encourage you to click a photo above or read on . . .