Point Arena is the smallest incorporated city in Mendocino County and is known for its turn-of-the-century buildings housing galleries, restaurants, shops and public library.
With a population of around 440 people Point Arena is governed by a City Council, has a city-managed sewer system and is serviced by a privately owned water system. A branch of the Redwood Coast Medical Services (RCMS), located in the downtown area, offers medical and dental care.
The Point Arena Theater, located in the center of town, is a restored art-deco style theater that produces live shows, music, comedy, dance, theatrical works and first run movies. The small town charm "glows" right out the front doors of this classic building.
North of Point Arena large dairy herds roam the farms and hillsides. Sea cliffs to the west and Redwood and Douglas fir forests to the east boarder picturesque pastures.
The Point Arena Municipal Pier hosts a boat launch crane, free pier fishing and access to an acclaimed surfing spot. Dining and gift shops are also available.
Schooner Gulch State Beach and headland preserve is one of the most scenic locations along the Mendocino Coast. Located just a few miles south of the City of Point Arena, this stunning beach offers fishing, picnicking, surfing and is a magnificent setting for watching sunsets. This beach is a true natural wonder. Visit when the tide is lower than 1.5 feet and you'll see the "rock alleys" with wonderful tide-pools.
The trailhead is located on the Westside of the highway, the southern trail leading to Schooner Gulch Beach and the Northern trail to Bowling Ball Beach.
The Point Arena Lighthouse and Museum is set in a spectacular location on the north coast. For over 100 years lighthouse keepers have climbed 115 feet to the top of one of the tallest lighthouses on the Pacific Coast. The Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers Association, Inc. offers guided tours of the light station and self guided tours of the grounds on a daily basis. The gift shop has lighthouse gifts and clothing, souvenirs and custom made jewelry. There are comfortable accommodations available as vacation rentals, giving the opportunity to explore the coastline.
The California Coastal National Monument was established by Presidential Proclamation on January 11, 2000, under the authority of the Antiquities Act of 1906 and is comprised of over 20,000 rocks and small islands spread along the 1,100 mile California coastline.