Lighthouse buffs need no introduction to Point Arena. The historic beacon here is one of the crown jewels of the California coast. One thing no visitor should miss while in Point Arena is the Arena Theater. Opened in 1929 as a vaudeville theater and superbly restored in 1997, it shows first-run movies and presents concerts and a wide array of other artistic and cultural performances.
The town’s municipal pier, which stands some 25 feet above the surface of the ocean in Point Arena Cove, is considered by experts to be one of the best fishing piers in the state. The harbor is also one of the most popular sites in Northern California for surfing.
Beyond the pier, the Mendocino Trench is one of the deepest ocean valleys in the world. The Arena Rock Underwater Preserve offers both lots of marine life and a sunken wreck.