Discover a historic lighthouse, see gorgeous panoramic views, and take a beautiful nature walk when you go on Point Cabrillo Lighthouse tours with Mendo Insider Tours.
A California state historic park, the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse was built between 1908 and 1909. It has undergone extensive restoration and is well maintained by dedicated Mendocino Coast locals. The entire light station consists of several buildings: the actual lighthouse, three restored lightkeeper homes, a restored blacksmith and carpentry shop, two cottages, and public restrooms.
The Point Cabrillo Lighthouse contains the original Chance Brothers classic third-order Fresnel lens. One of the three restored lightkeeper homes is a period museum of a lightkeeper’s house in the 1930s while the other two houses serve as comfortable vacation rental homes. You can also visit the Point Cabrillo Marine Science Exhibit, located inside the restored blacksmith and carpentry shop, and view the impressive 240-gallon saltwater aquarium.
Active Navigation Aid
The Point Cabrillo Lighthouse continues to be on active duty as a navigation aid for passing ships. The lighthouse is open 365 days a year, and doesn’t charge any admission fees though donations for continued maintenance are always welcome. The restored Kearn farmhouse houses a public restroom. The Point Cabrillo lighthouse is a favorite Mendocino Coast venue for weddings, parties, vacation rentals, and education programs.
Beyond the parking lot, you’ll have a half-mile walk downhill to the actual lighthouse building. You can take either of two paths to the light station. The easier walk is via the paved access road to the south. The other option is on a dirt path that starts at the north end of the parking lot and ambles among tufts of grass.
On your Point Cabrillo nature walk, you’ll be able to sight harbor seals napping on rocks offshore as well as many different birds such as herons, egrets, and seagulls. You might view sea lions and whales cruising by – or at least see plumes of condensed breath leaping in the air – so don’t forget to keep glancing at the ocean.
From December to April you’re most likely to see gray whales from shore. In summer and fall you might observe humpback whales and blue whales. You might also sight dolphins and porpoises year-round.
Grab Your Spot
Visitors often tell us that Mendo Insider Tours gives them the best tour experience in the Mendocino area. Give us a try and join the rest of our happy customers. Call us at 707-962-4131 or contact us to book your Point Cabrillo Lighthouse tour today.