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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  • A short (around 1.6 miles one way) and easy trail along the shoreside from the lighthouse. Road is paved so it’s good for stroller.  more »
  • Nice park, cool breeze, mature trees provide plenty of shade, no beach access, walking trails with decent views, some cactus and succulent plant gardens. Good place to bring your folding chairs and...  more »
  • Great lighthouse with a wonderful view. If you have never been here, definitely check it out. The area around is fun to explore as well. Make sure to go to the museum, very interesting and you get a great perspective of the site.
  • Great picnic spot. No tents allowed (didn’t see a sign of this rule but yes, it’s forbidden. How do I know this? Well, we set our tent and were stopped by the staffs).
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