Point Arena Travel Guide

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Point Arena Things to Do

  • Point Arena Lighthouse

    The first lighthouse at Point Arena was built in 1870, but was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. The current lighthouse was completed in 1908 and was the first lighthouse in the world made of steel-reinforced concrete. The tower stands 115 feet tall, and can still be climbed by visitors today. The lighthouse is owned by a nonprofit organization...

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  • Point Arena Lighthouse

    Point Arena has what is apparently the tallest lighthouse in California. Originally built in 1870, it was replaced after the 1906 ("San Francisco") earthquake, when the tower was almost destroyed and needed to be torn down and when the light was itself shattered. The current structure thus dates from 1907.One can climb to the top of the tower and...

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  • Point Arena Lighthouse .....

    I have several tips under local customs giving the history of this wonderful place so I won't repeat it here ;) I will say this is a must do for the region. The lighthouse has an amazing story, and is a beacon not only to the ships going by, but also to the folks who live nearby. The lighthouse is a major means of giving directions, and of finding...

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  • Point Arena Pier ......

    The 100-year-old city wharf was destroyed in a spectacular 1983 winter storm. It was replaced, in 1990, by the Point Arena Public Fishing Pier. The $2.2 million structure stretches 330 feet into the cove and 25 feet above the water.It provides public fishing facilities with no license required and serves as a major commercial fish landing. Small...

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  • Point Arena Theater

    If you're in town for a day or at night, the theater should be experienced! It's really beautiful, with lots of artistic touches done by locals, deep red curtains, a disco ball, a balcony...It has an old art theater feel to it. The snack bar sells goodies from Rip Tides Bakery, which is right across the steeet. Two films are shown weekly -- hey,...

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  • Bowling Ball Beach ....... spectacular

    One of the most interesting spots for photographers, is also one of the least-known. This beach is not marked on most maps. There are no signs along the road pointing out the trailhead. And, unless you arrive at low tide, you would never know what lies just beneath the surf rolling onto this beach.Bowling Ball beach has unique rock formations ........

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  • Schooner Gulch

    Legend has it that Schooner Gulch was named after a schooner was sited stranded on the beach in the mouth of the gulch in the evening; by morning there was no evidence of it ever being there. Historically, Schooner Gulch is within the territory of the coastal branch of the Central Pomo Indians that extends from the mouth of the Navarro River to the...

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  • Brush Creek and Geology 101

    Brush creek swells to a raging torrent in the winter as it fights to get to the ocean. During the summer there is no trace of this seasonal river. This is the spot where two techtonic plates converge, creating black sand to the south and white sand to the north. In other words, from my understanding, this is the location that the famous San Andreas...

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  • Manchester State Beach

    A county road a mile north of Manchester leads to Manchester State Beach. This unit of the State Park System consists of 760 acres of beach, sand dunes, and flat grasslands, with nearly 18,000 feet of ocean frontage. Manchester State Park takes its name from the weather-beaten village of Manchester, which is located in Mendocino County on Coast...

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Point Arena Restaurants

  • The Hip Spot!

    The Record, Point Arena's sparkling, relatively new organic deli/market/cafe. There's a wall of organic produce including seasonal fruits and vegetables as well as occasional rare and exotic things. There's a freezer containing gelato, soy ice cream, and gourmet ice cream, as well as some good old Ben and Jerry's. There are crackers, cookies,...

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  • The Record Market, Deli, and Cafe

    The Record is an all-organic market with a variety of wholesome foods. Attached is a deli and a cafe with coffee, sandwiches & fresh baked goods. We stopped in for their tasty coffee which was relatively cheap at around $2.50 for a medium cafe latte. We ended up drinking our coffee near the lighthouse along the water.

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  • Sweets, teas and a little bit of heaven...

    This little bakery is a magical place ..... wonderful sweets (some imported from France, others made on the premises) delicious teas, and a magical feel. The owner once had a tea shop in France, and has moved closer to home with her daughter Franny .... see the theme? The shop is named after the owner's daughter. Various types of baked foods for...

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Point Arena Local Customs

  • Go to the bakery!!!

    All you need to know, 213 Main St, Point Arena. This is where you can buy lots of good sweets, pick up your coffee, and chat with the owners. And you can admire the craft display on the shelves, let alone all the cakes, cookies, scones, sweets you haven't bought. The outside is funky and happy, lime green and pink! The inside is unfortunately quite...

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  • Pt Arena Lighthouse Keepers .....

    In 1984, a nonprofit organization called the Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers acquired the light station as part of a 25-year land lease from the Coast Guard and the Department of Transportation. In November of 2000, the nonprofit group became the official owners of the property due to their diligent historic preservation and educational efforts....

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  • Point Arena Lighthouse History ....pt 1

    This is really more of a history lesson, than a local custom ... but like most small towns - history is everything :)The first Point Arena Lighthouse was constructed in 1870. Its brick and mortar tower featured ornate iron balcony supports and a large Keeper residence with enough space to house several families. In 1906, a devastating earthquake...

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Point Arena Warnings and Dangers

  • Tourist and local drivers

    The roads here are extremely curvy, and tourists tend to drive very slowly. Keep in mind that people who live here have appointments to get to, work to get to, kids to pick up, and places they need to go. Please pull over if someone gets behind you. So many times I have been behind another car going 25 MPH who wouldn't pull over, or who was stopped...

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  • Stormy weather and the sea .....

    Just remember, the ocean is cold up here in Point Arena - if you want to swim, you should plan on a wet suit. Currents are strong and the shores are rocky - these combine into a powerful force of nature and should be respected.If you respect mother nature, she will respect you ... remember her power, and enjoy her beauty.

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Point Arena Off The Beaten Path

  • This whole area is already off the...

    As you read my Point Arena page, and my travel tips, you will see how much I LOVE this area ... I feel lost when I don't visit more that once every year or so ..... Though my family is no longer living here, so my travel time to California needs to include locations where my elders are living, this part of the country brings a spiritual...

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  • Uhhh, Mendonoma?????

    Mendocino County is noted for its wild Pacific Ocean coast and the independent nature of its population and is located on California's north coast, north of the San Francisco Bay Area and Sonoma County and west of the Central Valley. As of 2000, the population was 86,265. The county seat is Ukiah. Point Arena is a small coastal city located within...

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  • Point Arena History .....

    The first European to record Point Arena was Spaniard Bartolomé Ferrelo in 1543, who named it Cabo de Fortunas (Spanish for "cape of fortunes"). The cape was renamed to Punta Delgado (narrow point) in 1775 by lieutenant Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra (commander of the schooner Sonora), part of a royal expedition chartered by the government of...

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Point Arena Sports & Outdoors

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    A Layaher at Play ...

    by kymbanm Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I'll be honest, I go out to Point Arena w/ my family, and a they are elderly and disabled .... but - I've met travelers while out in the area who have nothing by postive feedback for this company.

    There are other companies in the area, but check these folks out before you make up your mind .....

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Point Arena Favorites

  • You're getting close to Manchester when...

    ... you see this intersection :) This is my landmark to find the Manchester Cemetary, where I go to see Dr Davis' angel (see my Point Arean page for that pic) and to just wander ......

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  • Tides are the center of the world .....

    When visiting this coastal area, knowing the tides is important to your experience. For example, you can only see the wonderful rock formations of Bowling Ball beach during low tide ..... High tide is not a good time to tidepool either :)Pick up a copy of the Independent Coast Observer (ICO). The ICO is a local paper that will help you with the...

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  • Fog or Sun today???

    Typical north coast weather is cool and comfortable. Temperatures seldom rise above 72 nor dip below 50. Rainfall is heavy from September to May, and morning and evening fog is common during the summer months. Strong winds prevail year-round. October can be much warmer than summer months; sweatshirts and shorts are common attire.Despite this...

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