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“Best lighthouse on the West Coast”

Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park
Ranked #3 of 25 things to do in Mendocino
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: OPEN 365 DAYS a YEAR -- THERE IS NO FEE -- Built between 1908 and 1909, and extensively restored, it is one of the most complete Lightstations in the U.S. and hosts visitors, vacation rentals, receptions and weddings, plus education programs for classes of local students. There is a parking area inside the gate off Point Cabrillo Drive, adjacent to the restored Kearn farmhouse with its public restroom. Enjoy the half mile downhill walk to the Light Station buildings. There is parking for vehicles with Disabled placards at the bottom of the hill. There are two paths to the Station. The dirt path begins at the north end of the parking lot and takes you through the introduced grassland and coastal prairie. The paved access road to the south is an easier walk. The Light Station includes the Lighthouse, which is an active duty Aid to Navigation, containing the original Chance Brothers classic 3rd order Fresnel lens. -- Three restored Lightkeeper homes; the first is a period museum of a lightkeeper's house in the 1930s; the other two houses are comfortable vacation rental homes, -- The restored Blacksmith & Carpentry Shop houses the Marine Science Exhibit with its 240 gallon saltwater aquarium, -- Two lovely vacation rental cottages, and public restrooms, one by the lightkeepers houses and another in the Kearn farmhouse. THERE IS NO FEE to tour the Lighthouse museum/giftshop or the period museum lightkeeper's house, although your donations are welcome. The Lighthouse, 1st Assistant Lightkeeper's House and Marine Science Exhibit are open to the public from 11am to 4pm year-round, including holidays. The State Historic Park grounds are open from sunrise to sunset daily.
Reviewed March 20, 2013

Charming and quaint with an expected fabulous location overlooking the sea. Nice short walk from the lot to the lighthouse and the view beyond

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

There is a long walk from the parking area to the lighthouse. We were able to drive as one of our friends was in a wheelchair. There were many interesting exhibits besides the lighthouse itself. Nice way to spend a couple hours.

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Reviewed March 9, 2013

Lighthouse interior was interesting. View of ocean was fantastic. If you are whale-watching, this is a great place. Take the "long" way (short, flat hike) around thru fields to finally get to the lighthouse -- view of ocean the entire time.

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Reviewed March 8, 2013

Went here from Mendecino to see the lighthouse. Nice walk from the car park and then the added bonus of sitting on the cliff top and watching the whales make their way north. Small museum in the lighthouse. Recommended!

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Reviewed March 7, 2013

We were not expecting the walk from visitor's center to the lighthouse. It was 1/2 a mile downhill to the lighthouse, which was not bad until coming back up the hill. For the average, out-of-shape American, it was a bit difficult.

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