Point Cabrillo Lighthouse
Don't miss the historic light station, built in 1909 and surrounded by 270 acres of undeveloped coastal bluffs.
This State Historic Park occupies a spectacular headland extending out into the Pacific. There is a parking area inside the gate off Point Cabrillo Drive, adjacent to the restored Kearn farmhouse. Enjoy the half-mile downhill walk to the Light Station buildings. Note: there is parking for disabled persons in front of and behind the 1st Assistant Lightkeeper's House (the first residence) 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.
As you stroll down this road, the Point Cabrillo Light Station is arrayed before you. 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 house 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, which houses the Marine Science Exhibit with its 240 gallon saltwater aquarium; three restored storage buildings behind the residences; two of these have been converted to lovely vacation rental cottages.
The Lighthouse, 1st Assistant Lightkeeper's House and Marine Science Exhibit are open to the public from 11am to 4pm year-round. The State Historic Park is open from sunrise to sunset daily.