THE 1877 POINT BONITA LIGHTHOUSE, on the southwest tip of the Marin Headlands, is open again after being closed to the public for years due to storm damage.
For phenomenal views, traverse the dark tunnel and new 132-foot-long footbridge leading to the active beacon, which is situated 124 feet above the ocean. You'll see rugged cliffs and the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the rolling green hills of the Marin Headlands behind you.
“Bonita” means pretty or beautiful in Spanish, and the term couldn’t be more appropriate. Point Bonita is just one if numerous historical lighthouses that stretch from Big Sur to the Oregon border—the perfect excuse for a spring road trip along the California coast. Plus, the cost to visit these historical beacons is often free or a very low fee.
Visiting hours are Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; for more information call (415) 331-1540 or log onto www.nps.gov/goga/pobo.htm.