California Lighthouse

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California Lighthouse
California Lighthouse
LocationArashi Beach, Aruba
Coordinates12°36′50″N 70°03′05″W / 12.613756°N 70.051422°W / 12.613756; -70.051422Coordinates: 12°36′50″N 70°03′05″W / 12.613756°N 70.051422°W / 12.613756; -70.051422
Foundationoctagonal prism stone basement
Constructionstone tower
Automated1970 Edit this on Wikidata
Height30 metres (98 ft)
Shapetapered cylindrical tower with double balcony and lantern
Markingsgreen basement, sand coloured tower, black lantern
OperatorMonuments Fund Aruba[1]
Heritagecultural heritage monument in Aruba Edit this on Wikidata
First lit1916 Edit this on Wikidata
Focal height55 metres (180 ft)
Range50 nautical miles (93 km; 58 mi)

The California Lighthouse is a lighthouse located at Hudishibana near Arashi Beach and the Sasariwichi[2] dunes on the northwest tip of Aruba.

This lighthouse was named for the steamship California, which was wrecked nearby on September 23, 1891.


The lighthouse has completed a recent restoration in May 2016 which coincided with the 100th anniversary of the completion of the lighthouse.

Immediately adjacent to the lighthouse is a restaurant called La Trattoria el Faro Blanco (English: The White Lighthouse Restaurant), and also nearby is the Tierra del Sol Resort, Spa & Country Club.

The terrain is moon-like with sharp rocks sticking out of the ground, making it difficult for people to walk on without sturdy footwear.

Restoration of the California Lighthouse in Aruba
California Lighthouse from offshore.

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  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Aruba". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
  2. ^ "Sasariwichi map". Retrieved 5 March 2022.