San Pedro, California is home to the historical Point Fermin Lighthouse. Point Fermin Lighthouse was built in 1874 and was active until 1941. This Victorian style lighthouse was the creation of draftsman, Paul J. Pelz, who went on to design (6) lighthouses in total for the United States. This architectural beacon was very important to early California settlers due to the high volume of ships arriving daily with supplies. Lighthouses traditionally helped seamen determine their position at sea and warned them of any danger ahead. Today, we have approximately (30) lighthouses spread out throughout the California coast however only a little over a dozen remain open to the public. Point Fermin is a rare place to visit and very easy to access.
This early Victorian architectural style lighthouse is a simple design decorated with a gabled roof and horizontal siding. The lighthouse served as symbols of strength and safety for the people who battled the sea. Point Fermin Lighthouse site and museum is open to the public free of charge. All are welcomed to visit and explore this historical site.
Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the ocean breeze after your tour of the lighthouse. Remember, they are only open Tuesday through Sunday from 1 PM until 4 PM. They may be closed for holidays or other events. Always call or check their website before visiting to ensure a great visit.
Getting to the Fermin Lighthouse:
Point Fermin Lighthouse
807 W. Paseo Del Mar
San Pedro, CA
**The Point Fermin Lighthouse is located on the south side of San Pedro, just west of where S. Pacific Avenue reaches its southern end. Children under 40 inches tall aren't allowed in the tower.
Approximately, 25 plus lighthouses still remain on the California coast. Only a dozen lighthouses still remain open to the public. Here is a list of lighthouses that remain open to the public.
There is an added bonus. Point Fermin is a great spot to watch whales during January through May. Keep exploring your city or the world.