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California Lighthouse

This iconic lighthouse has been a fixture on the island for more than 100 years. Climb to the top at sunset to enjoy romantic views of the coast.

The tall, white column of the historic California Lighthouse is one of the most iconic landmarks on the island. Take a guided tour to learn about the history of the lighthouse and to climb the narrow 120-plus steps to the top for fabulous 360-degree views.

The lighthouse was designed by a French architect and was erected between 1914 and 1916. It takes its name from the SS California, a ship that had been wrecked off the coast nearby back in 1861. Ever since it was constructed, the lighthouse has cast its trademark warning light onto the sea, helping ships navigate the treacherous coast.

Visit the lighthouse independently or as part of a guided tour. Opt for the latter and listen as an knowledgeable guide relates the history of the monument. Be sure to bring your camera as the lighthouse’s elevated northern position affords wonderful views of the island’s west coast. Some guided tours include access to the top of the lighthouse, accessible via a steep staircase. As you gaze out across the coast, try to spot the landscaped lawns of the Tierra del Sol golf course directly to the south.

While visiting the lighthouse, take a detour to the adjacent California Sand Dunes. Not only are the dunes a popular spot for a stroll, but they are also beloved by children, who can often be seen sliding down their slopes.

Find the California Lighthouse at the northernmost tip of the island. The lighthouse is a popular stop-off for tour groups. Independent visitors who want to climb to the top of the structure will have to pay a fee. For a special romantic moment, arrange a private viewing for you and your significant other, during which you’ll have the whole observatory deck to yourselves. The best time to come is at sunset, when the sinking sun casts a stunning orange glow on the Caribbean Sea.


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Lodging Near California Lighthouse

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Casa Del Viento- Luxury Villa With Pool Just Steps From Arashi Beach

Casa Del Viento- Luxury Villa With Pool Just Steps From Arashi Beach

LG Smith BLVD, Oranjestad
4.6
of 5, from 20 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

This villa is located in Noord (Arashi), close to Arashi Beach, California Lighthouse, and Boca Catalina Beach. Also nearby are Tierra del Sol Golf Course and Fisherman's Huts.

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba

The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba

LG Smith Boulevard 107, Noord
4.5
of 5, from 315 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Noord, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Fisherman's Huts, Eagle Beach, and Arashi Beach. California Lighthouse is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

Walking to the Beach Villa

Walking to the Beach Villa

Caya Di Sero 31, Noord
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Noord, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Tierra del Sol Golf Course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Arashi Beach and California Lighthouse. Boca Catalina Beach and Notorious Ranch are also within 3 mi (5 km).

One Night Free in September & October With a Weekly Reservation

One Night Free in September & October With a Weekly Reservation

L. G. Smith Blvd, Malmok
5.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated by the ocean, this property is close to Boca Catalina Beach, Arashi Beach, and California Lighthouse. Also nearby are Tierra del Sol Golf Course and Fisherman's Huts.

Tierra del Sol Aruba

Tierra del Sol Aruba

Caya di Solo 10, Noord
4.7
of 5, from 29 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This 600-acre private villa community on Aruba's northwest tip is set on a rolling, tradewind-swept landscape; white-sand Palm Beach is 3 km (2 mi) away.

Luxury Golf Homes

Luxury Golf Homes

Various Addresses, Noord
4.0 out of 5.0

These apartments are located throughout the area in Noord.

Tierra Del Sol Resort

Tierra Del Sol Resort

Malmokweg #51, Noord
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Noord, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Tierra del Sol Golf Course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Arashi Beach and California Lighthouse. Boca Catalina Beach and Notorious Ranch are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Ocean 105

Ocean 105

L.G. SMITH BLVD, 105, MALMOK
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Malmok, this hotel is close to Boca Catalina Beach, Arashi Beach, and California Lighthouse. Also nearby are Tierra del Sol Golf Course and Fisherman's Huts.