Based on the interest generated by last week’s column about the Point Sur Lighthouse, here’s a brief guide to other lighthouses of Central California that are open to the public:
In addition to those listed above, several others can be seen from the exterior:
• Fort Point Lighthouse can be seen as part of a visit to Fort Point National Historic Site. Located directly under the Golden Gate Bridge, this brick fort was constructed to guard the entrance to the bay between 1853 and 1861. The lighthouse is located on the top level of the fort:www.nps.gov/fopo
, (415) 556-1693.
• If you tour Alcatraz, you can see the island’s lighthouse tower during your visit:www.nps.gov/alca/index.htm
• Located near Half Moon Bay, the former homes of the lighthouse keepers of the Point Montara Lighthouse are now a hostel. You can stay there or simply stop by and walk around the grounds for beautiful views:www.norcalhostels.org/montara
, (650) 728-7177.
• If you visit the elephant seals of Ano Nuevo, you can spot the wreckage of the lighthouse and the former keeper’s house on Ano Nuevo Island during your tour:www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=523
, (650) 879-0227.
• Santa Cruz’s original lighthouse no longer exists, but a replacement operates as a surfing museum from Wednesday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: