Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Turn On Your Love Light

I know what you’ve been thinking- “It’s really disappointing that LA has so few lighthouses.” Yeah, I’ve been thinking that too. I’ve come up with only three- in San Pedro; Rancho Palos Verdes; and a fake one in Marina del Rey at Fisherman’s Village, a faux New England fishing village (which is kind of run down, and very underutilized- but that’s a post for another day). There’s also Parker’s Lighthouse in Long Beach, but that’s fake as well, being a restaurant.

        Point Vicente Lighthouse

The lighthouses in San Pedro and Palos Verdes were once real, active lighthouses. Point Fermin lighthouse, located in San Pedro, was built in 1874, and was the first navigational light into the San Pedro Bay. Point Vicente, built in 1926, is in Palos Verdes, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Both lights were extinguished during World War II.

Point Fermin Lighthouse

If you want to see these lighthouses, take PCH down through Redondo Beach, then turn on
Palos Verdes Blvd.
going south, then onto
Palos Verdes Drive West
. It will take you on the Palos Verdes peninsula. This is a beautiful drive, so be sure and bring your camera! 

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