For our weekly photo feature, I have chosen a favorite place of mine: the Point Vicente Lighthouse and its surrounding area. But, there is a twist. I captured several photos during sunset (a spectacular sunset I may say).
Earlier this week, I also posted about the Palos Verdes Peninsula but I don’t seem to get enough of this magical place. Because if I have to choose between witnessing a sunset in a place I have visited several times or staying home, you know which one I am going to choose.
About Point Vicente
This protuberance on the coast was originally named in 1790 by Captain George Vancouver. Vancouver explored the Pacific coast for England in his ship Discovery. He named the point for his good friend Friar Vicente of the Mission Buenaventura (he named Point Dume and Point Fermin in a similar way).
The lighthouse was built in 1926 in to provide safe passage to ships navigating the channel between Santa Catalina Island and the mainland. The lighthouse was manned until 1971 when it was automated by a remote electronic aids-to-navigation monitoring system. The beam can be seen for 29 miles or 47 kilometers (which I think is outstanding). During low visibility times, the lighthouse produces a sound to warn ships about the dangers in the coast.
On 1979, Point Vicente Lighthouse was added to the National Registry of Historic Sites.
The area does not only provide aid to those sailing the seas. Next, to the lighthouse property (which is usually closed to the public), the Point Vicente Interpretive Center offers educational and recreational opportunities.
The center features natural and historical exhibits focused in the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The Los Angeles Chapter of the American Cetacean Society monitors the gray whale migration from this point.
You can also walk several trails around here (for example, Seascape and Golden Cove). These are some of the most beautiful coastal walks in California. Make sure not to miss them if you are in the area.
Point Vicente Sunset Photos
Sunsets in the Palos Verdes Peninsula are great but, there are way more things to do in the area.
I have a detailed article on the best Palos Verdes Hikes and Trails. Now, many of the hikes discussed in the article are short, easy and scenic. I recommend checking out that article to plan out your day even if you are not a hiking or activity fan.
Close to Point Vicente, you will find the following places:
- Pelican Cove
- Terranea Resort and several hiking trails
- Abalone Cove Shoreline Park
- Wayfarers Chapel
- Ocean Trails Reserve
Dress and Accessories
Temperatures can drop significantly on Californian beaches once the sun hides. I recommend dressing in layers and bringing a jacket to stay warm.
Remember to bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and sturdy shoes for daytime activities
Point Vicente: Details
- Location: 31550 Palos Verdes Drive West, Rancho Palos Verdes
- The Interpretive Center is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The entrance and parking are free of charge.
More of the South Bay
While checking the wonders of the Point Vicente, it may be a good idea to stop by the nearby towns.
- Things to Do in Manhattan Beach
- Redondo Beach Pier: What to Do, See and Eat
- Terrific Things to Do in Torrance
- Hermosa Beach Restaurants
- Hermosa Beach: Things to Do, See and Eat
More of Los Angeles
- Find out how to spend one fun-filled day in Los Angeles
- Get inspiration by reading my Los Angeles Ultimate Bucket List
- Venice Beach Murals
Have you visited Point Vicente?