Things To Do

The Area

Point Arena is a small coastal city located in Mendocino County, California. Mendocino County is located on California's north coast, north of the San Francisco Bay Area and Sonoma County and west of the Central Valley. To learn more about the history of Point Arena..


Mendocino County has some of the most spectacular views in the world, and has an abundant of opportunities to see nature at its very best. As you venture along the Pacific Ocean you will have views of burly trees, eye capturing coastal flowers, beautiful rock formations rising high above the oceanic waters, soaring seagulls, and possibly a family of sea otters basking in the sun, or perhaps a whale sighting.


THINGS TO DO - Whale Watching, Fishing, Surfing and Hiking!


Whale Watching - Gray Whale late Nov. - May | Humpbacks throughout the year!

Come stay with us and take a  short drive to the Point Arena Lighthouse for an excellent view of the majestic  Whales! The Light Station is one of the best whale watching spots on the North Coast, with the annual Gray Whale migration from late November through May, Humpbacks throughout the year, the occasional pod of transient Killer Whales and even Blue and Fin Whales.


B Bryan Preserve - Majestic African Animals

Fun for the entire family! B Bryan Preserve iis a private preserve actively committed to the breeding and preservation of African hoof Stock. These majestic African animals range in a large open field located right in Point Arena.

Private Tours Daily. Call and book one of their tours : 707-882-2297




Point Arena Stornetta Public Lands

Situated along the rugged Mendocino County coastline just north of the town of Point Arena the Point  Arena Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument is a unique and spectacular area that includes over 5 miles of undeveloped federal coastal lands, coastal bluffs, 2 miles of the Garcia River and its estuary, sandy beaches and dunes, and the 5 acre Sea Lion Rocks.


The Wharfs History

The Wharf Master's House is the most elaborately decorated residence in Point Arena. The house is one of Point Arena's most important buildings. It makes a strong contribution to the historic district and is individually significant as well.

Although European explorers had sailed past the rugged northern coast of California for centuries the forbidding rocks and small coves deterred them from venturing ashore. The discovery of gold in the middle of the nineteenth century changed that and sailors from all over the world risked life and limb to join the mad rush to San Francisco and then on to the gold fields.


The Point Arena Light Station

A wonderful place to take children! This historic light house has a separate museum with lots of educational information, and a lighthouse. As you enter the lighthouse you can climb up a twisty stairwell leading up into the high lookout tower. The view from atop is spectacular and is well worth the climb (children must be accompanied by an adult.).  This historical area encompasses approximately six acres at the very tip of a narrow peninsula.




While staying with us you can visit numerous parks and beaches in and around the area. Discover some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with panoramic views, unique sandy and rocky shores, providing memories to last a lifetime!


You can find plenty of hiking, biking, and horse riding trails throughout the parks and beaches. To learn about the exciting places to visit in and around the area, click the links below.


Manchester Beach - The park has 760 acres of beach, sand dunes, and flat grasslands, with nearly 18,000 feet of ocean frontage. The beach line curves gently to form a "catch basin" for sea debris, which accounts for the volume of driftwood found here. Five miles of gentle, sandy beach stretches southward towards the Point Arena Lighthouse.


Schooner Gulch - The beach and headlands preserve a scenic spot along the Mendocino Coast and offers a stunning perch for watching sunsets, or merely sitting in the grass as the afternoon sun glistens on the waters below. Fishing, picnicking, and surfing are popular activities here.


The Sea Ranch Public Access Points - Six Sea Ranch access trails provide trail head parking areas, restrooms and a short hike to outstanding coastal access points. Each of the six access trails provides access to the beaches by footpaths, staircases or trails. The Sea Ranch also has a beautiful 18 hole luxury golf course.




Town Of Mendocino - Mendocino is located 50 minutes north of Point Arena. This beautiful little town is filled with shops, restaurants, art galleries, beaches, and more. This historic town is a popular stop on the North Coast with it's many things to do and see.


Town Of Gualala - Located 20 minutes south of Point Arena. Gualala is a larger community featuring shops, dining, art galleries and ocean access. There are also kayaking tours and rivers to play in.




Ross Ranch Horse Back Riding

Go for a private ride on spectacular California's Manchester Beach. Miles of unspoiled sand and surf. Rocks, driftwood, creeks, birds and sea stacks dot this vast expanse of beach. Or take a private guided horseback ride through a beautiful mountain redwood forest in the inland coastal mountains of Elk, California. The Ross Ranch is a family business owned and operated by John & Tobi Ross, life long residents of the Mendocino Coast. We have excellent horses that are matched to your riding abilities. Our horses receive the finest care.


Kayaking - Adventure Rents

Take an exciting adventure down the Gualala River alone or in a group. Located only 20 minutes south of Wharf Master's Inn. For more information call (707) 884-4386



Bring your poles, or rent one at the Dupont Mercantile and head out to the Wharf Master's Pier. The pier is a very popular spot for fisherman of all ages. There are plenty of other places as well in the area and a variety of ocean and fresh water fish.



There is a natural trail which goes for over 5 miles!  This trail leads to majestic and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, awe inspiring thrills of migrating whales (in season), Point Arena Light house and coastal wonders.

Registered guests can access the trail right out our back door.


Other hiking trails and coastal access points can be found at Elk Beach, Alder Creek, Manchester Beach Mote Creek, Schooner Gulch, Bowling Ball Beach, Anchor Bay, Gualala River, and The Sea Ranch.




Skunk Train

The Skunk Train is located in Fort Bragg, about 1 hour north of Point Arena. Take a scenic 3 - 31/2 hour on the Historic Skunk Train through the majestic redwood forests of Mendocino County. Be sure to pick up a brochure in our lobby for more information and pricing or click here to visit their web site.


Anderson Valley Wine Tours

Just 45 minutes inland from Point Arena you can satisfy your palette and enjoy some of the great flavor of Mendocino County. Boonville, a small town in the valley, has a few restaurants and shops to browse, including the very famous Boonville Brewery. You can pick up a winery guide in our lobby.


Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

Located just about 1 hour north of Point Arena you will find 47 acres of beautiful gardens and gracefully resting on the cliffs of the sea. Amazing ocean views and plant life will delight you and provide plenty of picturesque opportunities. Bring your camera and comfortable walking shoes.



Point Arena being a quaint little "artsy" town at heart, is home of the historical Arena Theatre which is a 1928-vintage vaudeville theater and film palace, restored in 1995 to an Art Deco style, state-of-the-art entertainment venue with generous support from local artisans and financial donations. Discover the dynamic culture of the area and visit these favorite points of interest. You can click here to visit the Arena Theater to see movies and schedule of events.




The Garcia River Casino - located in Point Arena

The Garcia River Casino provides hours and hours of adult entertainment. Enjoy all the latest slots, live entertainment, free karaoke, and benefits when you join the Players Club. Call to ask about Garcia River Stay and Play Special.

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Other Useful Links

Here are a few useful links listed below. Feel free to take any of our brochures, pamphlets or area maps to help make your stay a very special and memorable adventure.


Redwood Coast Chamber Of Commerce

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Nearby Restaurants

Garcia River Casino - Point Arena (707) 467-5300

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785 Port Rd. | Point Arena, CA |  95468 | U.S.A.