About Point Arena

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A small fishing town with many small inns and restaurants, a must stop is the Point Arena Cove, located at the wharf, where you can get a nice bit to eat and enjoy the view of the ocean from your table.

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Population: 449

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Point Arena Elevation:

219 feet

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If you are looking to escape to a small town then this is probably be the destination for you. Point Arena is a nice alternative to Mendocino and great for a romantic getaway.

Nearby Towns:

Gualala (12 miles)
Manchester (3 miles)
Elk (10 miles)
Anchor Bay (6 miles)

Upcoming Events In Point Arena

Nick Moss Band
Seaweeds Of Northern California
Tilted Shed Cider Pairing: Greenhouse Dinner
Seed To Salve: An Introduction To Herbal Living
Windy Hollow Farm Camp For Preschoolers
Windy Hollow Farm Camp For Preschoolers

Point Arena's Annual Events

Annual Fisherman’s Harbor And Seafood Festival
Redwood Coast Riders Beat the Heat Motorcycle Run
Point Arena Cove Fireworks

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Point Arena Cove
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Bower Regional Park
The Point Arena Lighthouse
B Bryan Preserve Tours

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Complimentary Tour Of The B Bryan Preserve at Lodging At The B Bryan Preserve
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Point Arena California Information

Point Arena is a small fishing community located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Though it is one of the smallest incorporated cities in California, with only 474 people in the city limits, it still includes a mayor, city council and fire department. The diamond of the city would have to be the small pier located at the Point Arena Cove, where local fisherman have been practicing their hobby for generation after generation for more than 150 years. In more recent years, it has become a most popular surf spot for local surfers and visitors alike.

Two must-see attractions in Point Arena California are the Point Arena lighthouse, located just south of the city. The lighthouse is home to one of the country's most beautiful peninsulas, jutting out over two miles into the Pacific Ocean. Visitors are welcome to tour the museum and take a hike up to the top of the lighthouse, measuring 115 feet high. The other is a tour at B Bryan Preserve. The preserve is designed to give the visitors and animals plenty of space to roam while still allowing for close up viewing.

Despite its size, the city has a few small inns, restaurants, a high school and grammar school, medical center and a theater which shows two films nightly.

Point Arena is the closest point of land in the Continental United States to Hawaii. Highway 1 runs directly through the city and stopping to take a quick walk through the town is a snap. Like most towns along the coast, its major income is tourism.

Visitors to the area will probably notice the strong sense of community in this city, which started back in the 70's when it developed into a counterculture of "hippie folk".

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