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California Lighthouse

California Lighthouse

L.G. Smith Boulevard, Noord, Aruba

The Basics

Built between 1914 and 1916 and named after the S.S. California, the lighthouse is open to the public, allowing visitors to climb to its highest lookout point and take in panoramic views. There's also a small Italian restaurant located in the base of the lighthouse that has earned rave reviews. Daily tours of the lighthouse last 25 to 30 minutes, and many sightseeing tours include it on their routes. You can also visit the lighthouse on a variety of island tours, including those via Jeep, ATV, and Segway.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Aruba

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First Segway experience for 7 out of our family group of 9- they were leery at first but all had a total blast!!
Randy_S, Jun 2022
California Lighthouse Segway Tour in Aruba
The trip up to the lighthouse was amazing but we really enjoyed every aspect with our awesome tour guide- he was patient with our big group of beginners, fun and so personable! We just felt like it was a great time!!!
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Really fun time....
Allison_H, Jun 2022
California Lighthouse Segway Tour in Aruba
Really fun time. Christian was a great guide. Stopped wherever we wanted to take pictures. Fun way to tour the island.
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Great experience on the...
Dan_P, Dec 2021
California Lighthouse Segway Tour in Aruba
Great experience on the seqway taking in the sights capped by an excellent sunset! Staff was very helpful and courteous.
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Fun in the Aruba sun
Brandy_H, May 2021
California Lighthouse Segway Tour in Aruba
Great experience!! Our guide was great! He took our pictures, gave us info about the island, and was a joy to be around. The Segway tour was a fun way to see more of the island.
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Parasailing was an awesome experience.
Stephanie_L, Mar 2021
California Lighthouse Segway Tour in Aruba
We had our own private boat to go parasailing with my son-in-law and grandson. The staff was very friendly.
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One of the Best Segways
charlesrunyon, Nov 2019
California Lighthouse Segway Tour in Aruba
We have Segwayed in Grand Cayman, Nassau, and Freeport and this was the best tour so far. Our Guide Rene took us for a long drive along the beach then up to the California lighthouse. We made 3 or 4 10 minute stops so he could give us some history of the location so that our time on the Segway was over 2 hours. We arrived on a cruise ship and Although they normally pickup at hotels we were picked up at the Citco station at the end of the pier. Very convenient. We would do this tour again in Aruba
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Our 3rd Time Segwaying Didn't Disappoint
Jenny_S, Feb 2020
California Lighthouse Segway Tour in Aruba
My husband and I have done several Segway tours in various locations. We think it's one of the best ways to see a lot in a short period of time, while also having a lot of fun. The 'vehicles' are easy to operate and are very quiet/peaceful. This tour didn't disappoint. We stopped at a few locations en route to the lighthouse: a small shipwreck near land that sticks out of the water and a monument that's been erected for it (and some ghostly folklore about it), a roadside pull-off to watch pelicans, and one of the local beaches. Once at the lighthouse, you can pay $5.00 to climb to the top for photos. The view is great! Our tour guide was sweet, patient, and attentive.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Children aged four years and younger are admitted free.

  • V.I.P. tours can be booked for anytime between 5:30pm and 8am for a midnight, sunset, or sunrise viewing.

  • The adjacent California Sand Dunes are a popular spot where kids like to slide down the slopes.

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How to Get There

The California Lighthouse is located at the north end of L.G. Smith Boulevard in Noord, Aruba, in a section known as Hudishibana. From the Aruba Cruise Terminal, it’s roughly a 20-minute drive to the lighthouse; simply follow L. G. Smith Boulevard north. The lighthouse is also accessible via taxi or tour bus.

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When to Get There

The California Lighthouse is arguably the best place to catch the sunset on Aruba, which also means it can be crowded at that time. The lighthouse is open from 8:30am to 11:30pm daily. It’s also possible to book V.I.P. tours anytime between 5:30pm and 8am for a midnight, sunset, or sunrise viewing.

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Alto Vista Chapel

Located about 20 minutes south, on the eastern side of the island, the Alto Vista Chapel, or “Pilgrims Church,” is another photographer’s dream. Built by Spanish missionaries in 1750, the bright yellow chapel hosts services as well as tour groups. Outside the chapel lies the “peace labyrinth,” which is used by pilgrims for prayer and meditation.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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