About Point Arguello Beaches in Lompoc, California
Point Arguello is the site of a former Coast Guard lighthouse on the Santa Barbara County coast near Lompoc. The site is now Vandenberg Air Force Base property and the lighthouse is gone. Nearby are other named promontories such as Rocky Point, Destroyer Rock, and Point Pedernales (originally known as Honda Point). This area is known for the famous Honda Point Disaster where seven U.S. Navy ships ran aground and sank in heavy fog on September 8th, 1923. There are beaches nearby, but they are difficult to access and fishing is not allowed. An old abandoned boat house is next to a boat dock south of Point Arguello and is said to be haunted! The area near the dock is outside of Vandenberg State Marine Reserve so fishing is allowed there. The entire shoreline near Point Arguello is only open to Vandenberg AFB pass holders and their guests. North of Point Arguello and outside of the military base is Surf Beach and Ocean Beach County Park which are both open to the public, although the latter is only open October-February.
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