Point Vicente Lighthouse

South Bay Beaches

Watch the earth curve and the sea crash on the Point Vicente bluffs while leaning against the gleaming-white 1926 lighthouse, which was staffed until 1971. These days electronic sensors activate the foghorn, which you can hear bellow on the wings of the wind.

You can only access this end of the bluffs and explore the lighthouse itself from 10am to 3pm on the second Saturday of the month.

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