Point Vicente Lighthouse, Rancho Palos Verdes

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Point Vicente Lighthouse is a lighthouse in California, United States, in Rancho Palos Verdes, north of Los Angeles Harbor, California. It is between Point Loma Lighthouse to the south and Point Conception Lighthouse to the north. The lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Point Vicente Lighthouse was built in 1926 on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The light source was dimmed during World War II to avoid aiding the enemy. It was automated in 1971 by the United States Coast Guard. The original third order Fresnel lens still revolves in the lantern room. In 2015, the Coast Guard announced its intention to install an LED light with a 14 nm range, replacing the current light and lens.
The Point Vicente Lighthouse is just north of the entrances to the Los Angeles/Long Beach Harbors. It was operated and maintained by the United States Lighthouse Service prior to that Service being merged with the U.S. Coast Guard, which was delegated all aid-to-navigation responsibilities in 1939. The lighthouse was manned until 1971 when it was automated by a remote electronic aids-to-navigation monitoring system.
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  • This is a must see. It is a lovely park with an incredible view. The day we stopped by was a bit overcast but it didn’t keep us from seeing the beauty of this area. It’s a definite picture stop. Bring...  more »
  • Its all about the timing! Had been cold and rainy but that morning it cleared with the sun out and the Coast Guard practicing helicopter rescue training! Had a great front row seat of hovering craft l...  more »
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  • This had amazing views of the ocean and we were able to see many whales!
  • Remember that it is only open for tours every 2nd Saturday of each month from 10am to 3pm.... Don’t forget about the hidden museum at the Point Vicente Interpretive Center... They have binoculars for whale watching for free! Have to leave your car keys with them(brilliant idea).

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