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  • Type: Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: Less than 1 hour
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Overall Rating: 3.5 (3.6)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 3.5 (3.5)
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Named after a British steamship that wrecked just offshore in 1861, the California Lighthouse is one of the most popular stops in Aruba. Unfortunately, recent travelers say it's also one of the most overrated; however, experts and other travelers do agree that the view from the 1910-era lighthouse is very romantic. "The lighthouse is the prettiest between 5:30 and 7 p.m., as its one of the highest, most northern points of the island and has spectacular views of the Palm Beach high-rise hotel area," one TripAdvisor reviewer writes.

So what's the verdict? If you can venture away from the hotel area (keep in mind you'll need a four-wheel-drive vehicle to navigate the windy dirt roads), and you like lighthouses or good Italian food (the adjacent La Trattoria restaurant gets better user reviews than the lighthouse itself), then by all means make the journey. After all, people are going to ask if you stopped at this must-see anyway. But if your schedule is already jam-packed with things to do in Aruba, this could be an attraction to knock off the list.

Located at the northernmost tip of Aruba, the California Lighthouse is free to visit any time of day.

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