California Lighthouse Tours

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California Lighthouse
Located near the northwest tip of Aruba and the popular Arashi Beach, California Lighthouse is a landmark on this small tropical island. Known for impressive views of the Caribbean Sea, as well as the nighttime stars, the lighthouse is one of the most photogenic spots in 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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.

Address: L.G. Smith Boulevard, Noord, Aruba
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Aruba Half-Day 4x4 Jeep Safari Tour

Explore the highlights of Aruba behind the wheel of a 4x4 jeep during this 4.5-hour activity. Go off-road on the wild side of the island and get up close to several sights that are not accessible to traditional vehicles. Visit the California Lighthouse, the Natural Bridge, the Bushiribana gold mine ruins, the Ayo and Casibari rock formations, and the Alto Vista Chapel. Learn about Aruban culture and history from your local guide as you follow them around the island. Refreshments and round-trip transportation from Aruba hotels are included.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Aruba Island Sightseeing Tour

Get a comprehensive overview of the sights and landmarks on Aruba during this 3.5-hour coach tour. From the vantage point of a comfortable seat aboard an air-conditioned coach, see all of the important sights and listen to informative, engaging commentary from your local guide. Learn about Aruban culture and history during stops at Natural Bridge, Alto Vista Chapel, Casibari Rock Formation and the California Lighthouse. Round-trip transportation from Aruba hotels or the cruise port is included.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Colorful Beach Bus Sightseeing Tour of Aruba

Maximize your time on Aruba on this sightseeing tour that takes you to many of the island's top sights by bus. Although it is an informative tour, filled with insights into local history and culture, there's also time for dancing to carnival songs and snorkeling and soaking up the sun on one of the island's best beaches.
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  • Duration: 3 to 5 hours
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Aruba Island Ultimate Safari

Visit Aruba’s Natural Pool and Baby Beach on a unique off-road 4WD adventure to the island’s top natural attractions. Take the driver’s seat or ride as a passenger in a 4x4 Land Rover, specially designed to traverse the rugged terrain of Arikok National Park. You'll stop by landmarks like the California Lighthouse and Natural Bridge, with free time to snorkel and swim at the Natural Pool and Baby Beach. Lunch, cold beverages and round-trip hotel transport are included in your full-day tour.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Aruba Full-Island Tour

Go on an island excursion, and see some of the most popular spots in Aruba on this 5.5-hour tour taking off from Oranjestad. Travel the whole island, and see the California Lighthouse, the Ayo Rock Formation, and the Casibari Rock Formations. Visit one of the world’s oldest aloe-vera factories, as well as a 75-year-old, family-run bar. Learn about Aruba’s gold-rush era at the Bushiribana gold mill ruins, and swim in a man-made lagoon at Baby Beach.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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California Lighthouse Segway Tour in Aruba

Explore the area around California Lighthouse riding on a Segway X2 during this 2-hour activity in Aruba. Get up close to this recently restored historical landmark, dating from 1914, while enjoying insightful commentary from your local guide. Traverse the unusual landscape around the lighthouse, perched high above the coastline, and be on the lookout for herds of wild goats. All equipment, refreshments and round-trip transportation from Aruba hotels are included.
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Aruba UTV Adventure

Ride a UTV through Aruba's rugged landscape during this 3.5-hour adventure. Meet your local adventure guides and take off to see sights like the Wish Rock Garden, the Baby Bridge, Black Stone Beach, the California Lighthouse and the Bushiribana Gold Mine Ruins. Enjoy engaging, informative commentary during your tour and make a beach stop for a refreshing swim. Use of safety gear and round-trip transportation from Aruba hotels are included.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Aruba Half Day Island Tour

Cover all of Aruba's top attractions on a half-day island tour from Oranjestad. Visit landmarks such as the Bushiribana gold mill ruins, the Casibari rock formations, the California Lighthouse, and the Aloe Vera Factory. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Natural Pool Off-Road Adventure

Explore the rugged countryside on this half-day off-road adventure by 4WD Land Rover to the Natural Pool on Aruba, where you’ll have time for a swim and snorkel. Ride the back roads in a 4x4 caravan to Arikok National Park, following a knowledgeable guide to a deserted stretch of coastline. Stop along the way to visit landmarks on the island, including the California Lighthouse and the Natural Bridge. Select a morning or afternoon tour to suit your schedule. Water, snacks and round-trip hotel transport included.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Discover Aruba Bus Tour

Explore Aruba's highlights on this 6.5-hour sightseeing tour. Snorkel at Baby Beach, visit Ayo Rock Formation and Lourdes Grotto. Learn about the culture and history of Aruba from your local guide as you criss-cross the island. Snacks, lunch, soft drinks, snorkel equipment and round-trip transportation from your hotel are included.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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North Coast Jeep Safari in Aruba

Go off-roading on the North Coast of Aruba, considered one of the island's hidden treasures, during this 4.5-hour eco-tour. With a local adventure guide, visit rugged landscapes bordered by the restless waves of the azure ocean. Get fantastic photos of the breathtaking panoramas on the island's windward side like Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins, Wish, Garden, Natural Bridge, Blackstone Beach and Twin Bridges. Round-trip transportation from Aruba hotels is included.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Aruba Island Expedition UTV Adventure

Go for a ride in the Aruban countryside in your personal Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) during this half-day, guided, off-roading tour. Learn to drive your UTV and ride on your own or in pairs to sights around the island like the Bushiribana Gold Mills Ruins and Black Stone Beach. At the last stop, Arashi Beach, enjoy a swim in paradise.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Explore Aruba Party Bus Tour

Tour Aruba in an open-air bus on this half-day excursion from Oranjestad. While listening to engaging commentary from your guide on Aruba's history and culture, travel to the area's top attractions and natural landmarks. Jam to traditional Caribbean music an soak up the party atmosphere; one drink included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Aruba Island Sightseeing Tour Plus Arashi Beach Visit

Get a comprehensive overview of the sights and landmarks on Aruba during this 3.5-hour coach tour. From the vantage point of a comfortable seat aboard an air-conditioned coach, see all of the important sights and listen to informative, engaging commentary from your local guide. Learn about Aruban culture and history during stops at Natural Bridge, Alto Vista Chapel, Casibari Rock Formation and the California Lighthouse. Finally, relax in the sun and sand at Arashi Beach, where swimming and snorkeling are optional. Round-trip transportation from hotels or the cruise port are included.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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The Best of Aruba Sightseeing Tour

See Aruba from coast to gorgeous coast on this 4.5-hour. Visit highlights such as the Natural Bridge Ruins and the Cunucu houses, as well as the unusual rock formations in the island's interior. Hotel pickup and drop-off, as well as refreshments and snacks, are included.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Aruba Full-Day 4x4 Jeep Safari Tour

Explore the highlights of Aruba behind the wheel of a 4x4 jeep during this 8-hour activity. Go off-road on the wild side of the island and get up close to several sights that are not accessible to traditional vehicles. Visit the California Lighthouse, the Natural Bridge, Frenchman's Pass and the Ayo Monolithic Rock Formation. Learn about Aruban culture and history from your local guide as you follow them around the island. Eat lunch at a local barbecue restaurant and relax in the sun and sand at Baby Beach.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Landmarks of Aruba Including Arikok National Park and Arashi Beach

Drive around Aruba aboard an open-air converted school bus decked out in tropical-themed Caribbean colors. You’ll see island highlights narrated by an informative guide while you sip rim punch between stops. Visit the California Lighthouse, the Natural Bridge and Guadirikiri Caves in Arikok National Park. Swim in the calm waters of Baby Beach and feast on a restaurant barbecue lunch during your 6.5-hour tour, including round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
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Highlights of Aruba Island Tour

Maximise your time in Aruba and take in the highlights on this 4-hour island tour. Visit historic landmarks such as the California Lighthouse, Alto Vista Chapel, and Bushiribana Historic Gold Mines; pose for photos by the Natural Bridge; take a tour of an aloe factory; and get up close to ostriches at a local farm. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Island Tour of Aruba

Tour the highlights of Aruba during this comprehensive 4-hour sightseeing excursion. Visit the Natural Bridge for unique views of the island's most photogenic attraction, as well as Alto Vista Chapel and the Aruba Aloe Factory. Cruise through Oranjestad, the second-largest city in Aruba, and learn how Baby Beach was named through entertaining and informative commentary from your local guide. Enjoy complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off at your Aruba hotel.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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