The California Lighthouse
If you have an opportunity to travel to Aruba this Summer, take a scenic tour of the California
Lighthouse. The lighthouse is named after the famous steamship, the California. The ship
wrecked in the area on September 23, 1891. Keep reading today’s blog to learn more.
The lighthouse was built to outline the Aruba coastline for incoming ships. The lighthouse was
not constructed until 1910, after several ships had already wrecked in the surrounding waters.
The S.S. California wrecked in 1981, 29 years before its construction. The California Lighthouse
continues to safely guide ships in and out of the harbor and is now fully automated.
It’s an old world stone design and rests on top of a high perch, overlooking the Western coast
of Aruba. Just below the lighthouse perch is one of Aruba’s many scenic beaches and a rocky
coral reef. There is also a golf course nearby with picturesque views of the lighthouse.
Local’s recommend dining at La Trattoria el Faro Blanco, an italian restaurant for breathtaking
views of the lighthouse during sunset. A 360 degree view of the lighthouse is available nearby
on the sand dunes. The dunes are also a great area to take a walk along the Aruba coastline.
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