Mendocino Coast and Point Arena
Point Arena is a quiet coastal destination steeped in history and maritime adventure. It is located 120 miles north of San Francisco. It can be reached in three hours with the last half driving the spectacular Pacific Coast Road, Highway One. Point Arena is in southern Mendocino County twenty minutes north of Gualala and fifty minutes south of the town of Mendocino.
The traveler can experience a quaint town with the beautifully restored art deco Arena Theater; small shops featuring the work of local artists; a few casual restaurants, spectacular, unspoiled and uncrowded beaches, and of course the majestic Point Arena Lighthouse.
Arena Cove is one mile west of Point Arena and Highway One. This location off the main road provides a unique solitude not found elsewhere on the north coast. Arena Cove is home to the municipal pier and the dozen or so boats that make up the commercial fishing fleet. Most days the fishermen bring in their catch while mesmerized land-dwellers gaze on in awe. The Cove is also home to sport fishing, abalone diving, tide pooling and world-class surfing.