Set on the curve of a steep cliff, where it has stood since 1926, the San Vicente Lighthouse is a historical beauty that continues to renew its usefulness with every passing night. Its beam can be seen from 20 miles away at sea, and during the day, the structure and its surrounding eight acres are a peaceful place to spend a weekend afternoon. Climb to the top of the lighthouse on the second Saturday of every month, or stay near ground to see its quaint nautical museum a few steps away.
Later, follow the outline of the cliffs to the park next door, where the sound of the ocean intermingles with the chatter from picnics and hikers. If it’s the right time of year, whales may be seen in the distance. But if not, views of the rocks disappearing and reappearing under the Pacific are satisfying on their own.