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The California Lighthouse

Sun, Feb 23, 2014 at 12:00AM

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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