Built over 100 years ago, this beacon was constructed to keep ships at bay. It now serves as a popular attraction for visitors looking for a picturesque view of the nearby coast. Photo courtesy of Aruba.com

While we are apart during this stressful time, we want to bring you a weekly #DiviDoseofParadise. Check this blog every Wednesday for a dose of Aruba sun and fun! This week we are learning about the California Lighthouse that resides on the coast of our One Happy Island.

This stone lighthouse is situated near Arashi Beach on the northwest tip of the island and was originally erected to warn ships away from the rocky Northern coastline. Although the beacon is not lit today, the lighthouse attracts many visitors to the picture-perfect views of the Western coast of Aruba.

This towering landmark has a rich history – its name was chosen in honor of the S.S. California which sunk previous to its construction on our shores. Built in 1916, this structure towers over 10 meters above sea level and is surrounded by an arid landscape of dunes and cactus, cooling trade winds, and a view perfect for watching the sun set as it dips below the Caribbean Sea setting everything aglow. Today there is a restaurant adjacent to the lighthouse, but when the lighthouse was functioning it was the home of the person in charge of the beacon.

Photo courtesy of Aruba.com

If you are staying with us at the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives, you can check this spot out by booking a sightseeing tour with De Palm Tours or rent a car and see the sights at your own pace (and if you’d like to beat the crowds). Limited tours are also available that allow you to climb the lighthouse steps and see an incredible 360° view, check with our Concierge desk for more information or visit their Facebook page.

To learn more about this historic spot, visit the Aruba tourism page on the California Lighthouse.