For anyone looking for breath-taking views of the Pacific Ocean, Point Vicente Light House is by far the best place to go. Located in Palos Verdes, this landmark is rarely visited by non-locals.
There are two routes to take to reach this panoramic outlook, but the scenic route up PCH (Pacific Coast Highway), is the best choice by far. This road passes along the edge of the peninsula and sets a backdrop of the entire bay and visitors can see as far as Malibu to the north, and Catalina Island to the west.
Once visitors arrive at the turnoff for the Point Vicente Interpretation Center, they can take part in various family-friendly activities. For the animal lovers, there is an information center that details the sea life in the area. Whale watching season (December through April) is an ideal time to visit this spot because Gray Whales, and other cetacean breeds, pass right along the coast creating a spectacular sight. But during other times of the year, this spot is equally enthralling.
Pelicans fly overhead the many hiking trails where locals often walk their dogs. Others choose to picnic at tables and on the grassy lawn to the side of the lighthouse. For these picnickers, there is a small shopping center with a Starbucks, Subway, and a few other restaurants nearby to suit all of your lunchtime needs.
But the lighthouse itself is the most enchanting aspect of this quaint area. The lighthouse is just short of 70 feet tall, and was built in the 1920s. The light shines for over 20 miles and signaled a saving grace for seafarers, many of whom had been shipwrecked before its installation.
The point of the peninsula signals the end of the Catalina Channel, and this lighthouse is the only one for miles along the West Coast, the two nearest lying in San Diego and Santa Barbara counties.
The lighthouse has a bit of history behind it which is sure to spark whimsical images; it is said to be haunted by the ‘Lady of the Light.’ An ethereal figure is said to walk in the tower windows at night, and many say it is the spirit of a woman calling to her lover who was lost at sea long ago. Nothing livens up a point of interest like some mystical history!
Children under 7 are not allowed in the tower, but the grounds surrounding are very suitable for families wishing to spend a quiet afternoon along the coast. The tower and a little museum are open to the public from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month.
However, in March the city has a ‘Whale of a Day’ event, which causes the operation hours to change to the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.