Lighthouses of Mexico: Southern Baja California

The Baja California region of Mexico is a peninsula more than 1300 km (800 miles) long, stretching south from the U.S. border at Tijuana to the resorts of Cabo San Lucas. "Baja," as it is usually called, separates the Pacific on the west from the Sea of Cortés (Gulf of California) on the east. The west coast is popular with surfers and the east coast attracts sea kayakers and ecotourists.

The state of Baja California occupies the northern half of the peninsula, while the state of Baja California Sur occupies the southern half, the border between the two states being at latitude 28° north. This page includes the lighthouses of Baja California Sur. At the far southern end of the peninsula, the municipality of Los Cabos is a very popular resort area. Many visitors arrive by air or cruise ship, but there are also paved highways running the length of the peninsula.

Many of the lighthouses of Baja California are in remote areas and are seldom visited. Additional information and photos would certainly be welcome. Because of the rugged topography of the peninsula, most of the lighthouses are short towers located at the tops of bluffs or ridges overlooking the sea.

Mexican lighthouses are managed by the Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes, the cabinet agency that also manages the country's airports and seaports. Many of the larger light stations are staffed by resident civilian keepers.

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. CF numbers are from the Mexican Cuaderno de Faros (Handbook of Lighthouses). Admiralty numbers are from volume G of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. All U.S. NGA numbers are from Publication 111.

General Sources
Online List of Lights - Mexico Pacific
Photos by various photographers posted by Alexander Trabas.
Farosmex - Lighthouses of Mexico
A large portfolio of photos of Mexican lighthouses posted on Photobucket.com.
Lighthouses in Mexico
Photos available from Wikimedia.
Viaje por las Islas del Pacífico de Baja California
Posted by Elizabeth Vargas, a blog of a March 2009 tour of some of the islands, with stops at several remote lighthouses.
Mexico Lighthouses
Photos posted by Larry Myhre on Flickr.com.
Cuaderno de Faros
The Mexican light list can be downloaded in two volumes, Atlantic and Pacific.

New Cabo Falso Light

Old Cabo Falso Light
New (top) and Old Cabo Falso Lights, Los Cabos, April 2010
photos copyright Hilari and Jim Seery; used by permission

East Coast (Sea of Cortés) Lighthouses

Eastern Mulegé Municipality Lighthouses
Cabo Vírgenes (1)
Date unknown. Apparently inactive since 2008. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); four white flashes every 16 s. 10 m (33 ft) white cylindrical tower, painted with red and white horizontal bands. The Cuaderno has a small photo, and Bing has a satellite view. According to a 2008 notice to mariners, the lighthouse has been replaced by a shorter pyramidal beacon about 800 m (1/2 mi) northwest. Located on a rugged promontory about 15 km (9 mi) north of Santa Rosalía. Site status unknown. ARLHS MEX-024; CF-03-780; Admiralty G3552; NGA 14717.
* Punta Santa Agueda
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); four flashes every 16 s, white or red depending on direction. 12 m (39 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with gallery. Checho Aguilar has a distant photo, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a headland a short distance east of Santa Rosalía. Site open, tower closed. CF-03-765; Admiralty G3556; NGA 14716.
Piedra Blanca (Isla San Marcos)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 15 m (49 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with gallery. Mike Higgins has a photo, another photo is available, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a promontory sheltering a small anchorage at the northwestern corner of Isla San Marcos, a large island about 25 km (15 mi) southeast of Santa Rosalía. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS MEX-013; CF-03-750; Admiralty G3559; NGA 14706.
Punta la Lobera
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft) white flash every 6 s. 15 m (49 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with gallery. No photo available; Google has a fuzzy satellite view. Located at the northern tip of Isla San Marcos. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CF-03-740.3; Admiralty G3559.4; NGA 14707.
* Punta Chivato
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 18 m (59 ft); four white flashes every 16 s. 15 m (49 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with gallery. A very distant view is available, and Google has a good satellite view. Located on a promontory about 2 km (1.25 mi) north of the Punta Cacarizo Light. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS MEX-162; CF-03-735; Admiralty G3560; NGA 14705.
* Punta Cacarizo (Punta Inés)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); white flash every 6 s. 15 m (49 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with gallery. A photo and a more distant view are available, and Google has a good satellite view. Located on a gravel bar at the entrance to Chivato. Site open, tower closed. CF-03-730; Admiralty G3561; NGA 14701.
Isla Santa Inés North
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 15 m (49 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with gallery. No photo available, but Google has a good satellite view. Located on an islet north of Isla Santa Inés and about 4 km (2.5 mi) east of Punta Cacarizo. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS MEX-168; CF-03-725; Admiralty G3561.4; NGA 14702.
Isla Santa Inés South
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 15 m (49 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with gallery. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located at the southern tip of Isla Santa Inés, about 8 km (5 mi) southeast of Punta Cacarizo. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS MEX-169; CF-03-720; Admiralty G3561.8; NGA 14703.
** Mulegé (Muleje, Punta El Sombrerito)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 42 m (138 ft); four white flashes every 16 s. 12 m (39 ft) square white cylindrical concrete tower, with gallery but no lantern, rising from a 1-story keeper's house. Alejandro Crivellari's photo is at right, another photo and a distant view are also available, and Google has a satellite view. Located at Punta El Sombrerito atop a large rock marking the entrance to the harbor. Accessible by a short hike across the beach followed by a steep climb. Site open, tower evidently open. ARLHS MEX-118; CF-03-710; Admiralty G3562; NGA 14696.
Punta Agujas
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 15 m (49 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with gallery. The lighthouse is at the far right of a distant view of the cape, and Bing has a satellite view. Located at the eastern entrance to the Bahía de Concepción, about 5 km (3 mi) east of Mulegé. Site open, tower closed. CF-03-705; Admiralty G3562.2; NGA 14697.
Faro de Mulegé
Mulegé Light, Mulegé, December 2007
Flickr photo copyright Alejandro Crivellari
permission requested

Loreto Municipality Lighthouses
Isla Coronados
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 37 m (121 ft); three white flashes every 12 s. 12 m (39 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with gallery. The Cuaderno has a small photo, but the tower has not been found in Bing's satellite view. Located on the southeastern point of the island, marking the entrance to the Bahía de Loreto. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CF-03-690; Admiralty G3562.7; NGA 14692.
* Loreto (2)
Date unknown (recent; station established 1912). Active; focal plane about 25 m (82 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. Approx. 22 m (72 ft) round cylindrical white concrete tower with gallery. Alejandro Cabrera's July 2009 photo is at right, and Google has a satellite view. NGA lists a 12 m (39 ft) skeletal tower at Loreto; this tower appears at the far left of Mario Osuna Godoy's 2005 photo of the harbor. Founded in 1697, Loreto is the oldest town of Baja California; it served as the capital of both Upper and Lower California until 1777. Located at the base of the north breakwater of the marina at Loreto. Site open, tower closed. CF-03-685; Admiralty G3563; NGA 14688.
Punta Lobos
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 10 m (33 ft); four white flashes every 16 s. 12 m (39 ft) round white concrete tower. Mike Higgins has a photo, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on the sharp northeastern tip of Isla Carmen, a large island off Puerto Escondido. Probably accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CF-03-675; Admiralty G3563.58; NGA 14685.
Bahía Salinas
Date unknown. Inactive, probably since the 1980s. Approx. 12 m (39 ft) round cylindrical concrete block tower, formerly painted with red and white horizontal bands, now in ruins. Mike Higgins has a photo, and Bing has a satellite view. This light guided vessels to a salt works, closed in 1984. Located on the east side of the entrance to a bay on the east side of Isla Carmen. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed.
Isla del Carmen (Punta Arena)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 10 m (33 ft) square skeletal tower with gallery, painted white. A photo is available, but the white tower is barely visible against the beach in Bing's satellite view. Located on the southwestern tip of Isla del Carmen. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CF-03-680.1; Admiralty G3563.52; NGA 14680.
Faro de Loreto
Loreto Light, Loreto, July 2009
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Alejandro Cabrera
Isla Monserrat
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 20 m (66 ft); four white flashes every 16 s. 10 m (33 ft) square skeletal tower with gallery, painted white. The Cuaderno has a small photo, and the tower is seen in Google's satellite view. Monserrat is an island about 8 km (5 mi) in diameter and 25 km (15 mi) southeast of Isla Carmen. Located on the southern tip of the island. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CF-03-635; Admiralty G3563.85; NGA 14668.

Eastern La Paz Municipality Lighthouses
Isla de San José Southwest Point (Punta Salinas) (1)
Date unknown. Inactive. 14 m (46 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower, originally painted with red and white horizontal bands. Lantern removed, and the tower is falling into ruin. Next to the lighthouse is the active light (focal plane 12 m (39 ft); four white flashes every 16 s) on a 7.5 m (25 ft) square skeletal tower. Mike Higgins has a photo and a closeup, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a sandy point on the west side of the Isla de San José, about 7 km (4.5 mi) east of San Evaristo on the mainland. The lighthouse guided vessels to a salt works, now abandoned. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower probably open but dangerous. CF-03-595; Admiralty G3565.08; NGA 14641.
Isla Partida (Los Islotes) (2)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 40 m (131 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 12 m (39 ft) square skeletal tower with gallery, painted white. An aerial view is available, and the shadow of the tower is seen in Bing's satellite view. The aerial photo reveals an older, smaller skeletal tower standing next to the current light. This light marks the northern entrance to the bay of La Paz. Located on Isla Lobos, a small island off the northern tip of the much larger Isla Partida. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CF-03-580; Admiralty G3566; NGA 14600.
Punta Prieta (La Paz)
Date unknown (station established 1906). Active; focal plane 30 m (98 ft); three white flashes every 12 s. 20 m (66 ft) square cylindrical masonry tower rising from a 2 or 3-story building. Lighthouse painted with red and white horizontal bands. A 2012 photo shows the red and white bands, Javier Rodríguez has a 2009 closeup photo showing the tower all white, the tower is at the right edge of a photo of the harbor (also seen at right), and Bing has a satellite view. Punta Prieta lies about 8 km (5 mi) north of La Paz, and this is the light guiding vessels approaching the harbor. The lighthouse is surrounded by a Pemex petroleum facility. Located on the point of the cape. Site and tower closed. ARLHS MEX-127; CF-03-435; Admiralty G3570; NGA 14588.
[Islote de la Reina (Arrecife de la Foca) (2)]
2008 (?). Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); white flash every 6 s. 7 m (24 ft) square skeletal mast, painted white. This is one of the best known dive sites of Baja California, and visitors often mention the lighthouse. A photo is available. The original light, described as a round metal tower, was destroyed by Hurricane Henriette in September 2007. Located on a rocky islet just off the northern tip of Isla Cerralvo. ARLHS MEX-113; CF-03-365.1; Admiralty G3575.6; NGA 14584.
Punta Prieta Light
Punta Prieta Light, La Paz, April 2009
Panoramio Creative Commons photo by ikanvokan
Piedras Gordas (Isla Jacques-Cousteau, Isla Cerralvo)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 21 m (69 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 11 m (36 ft) square skeletal tower with gallery, painted white. A distant view is available, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. In 2009, the Mexican government changed the name of Isla Cerralvo to Isla Jacques-Cousteau in honor of the famous French oceanographer and naturalist (1910-1997), who visited the island many times in his research. The island is about 29 km (18 mi) long; located 65 km (40 mi) east of La Paz, it is separated from the mainland by a channel about 10 km (6 mi) wide. The light is located on the southwestern tip of the island. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CF-03-360; Admiralty G3576; NGA 14576.
Bahía la Ventana
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 18 m (59 ft); white flash every 6 s. 12 m (39 ft) square skeletal tower with gallery, painted white. The Cuaderno has a small photo, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located on the beach at the north end of the Bahía la Ventana, about 4 km (2.5 mi) north of El Sargento. Site open, tower closed. CF-03-350; Admiralty G3577; NGA 14580.
* Punta Arena de la Ventana (Las Arenas) (2)
2009 (station establishment date unknown). Active; focal plane about 28 m (92 ft); three white flashes every 12 s. Approx. 25 m (82 ft) round cylindrical white concrete tower with gallery. This lighthouse replaced a 10 m (33 ft) cylindrical white concrete tower with gallery, mounted on a square concrete base. A 2009 photo of the two lighthouses is available, and Farosmex has a closeup of both lighthouses. The old lighthouse was then removed; a March 2010 photo shows only the new one. A Google satellite view shows the new lighthouse. Located 70 km (44 mi) southeast of La Paz overlooking the Cerralvo Channel. The lighthouse appears to be about 1.5 km (1 mi) from the nearest main road and is probably accessible by 4WD. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS MEX-122; CF-03-345; Admiralty G3578; NGA 14572.

Los Cabos Municipality Lighthouses

Note: The municipality of Los Cabos includes the region at the southern tip of Baja California, including the resort cities of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo and the 30 km (19 mi) corridor of resorts and beaches between the two towns.
Punta Arena Sur (La Ribera)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 20 m (66 ft); four white flashes every 16 s. 12 m (39 ft) strongly conical concrete tower with double gallery, painted with black and white horizontal bands. Abandoned 1-story masonry keeper's house. The local government's photo appears at right, another photo is available, Farosmex has a closeup, and Google has a satellite view. The site is reported to be on a military reservation. Located several miles south of La Ribera and 18 km (11 mi) north of Cabo Pulma at the north end of the area known as the East Cape. Site and tower closed. ARLHS MEX-123; CF-03-340; Admiralty G3580; NGA 14568.
Boca del Tule
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 18 m (59 ft); three white flashes every 12 s. 12 m (39 ft) square skeletal tower with gallery, painted white. The Cuaderno has a small photo, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located on the East Cape coast about 65 km (40 mi) northwest of San José del Cabo. Site open, tower closed. CF-03-335; Admiralty G3582; NGA 14564.
* San José del Cabo
Date unknown (station established 1907). Active; focal plane 36 m (118 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, painted with red and white horizontal bands. 1-story masonry keeper's house. A 2009 closeup photo is available, Farosmex has another closeup, and Google has a satellite view. San José del Cabo is a resort town about 40 km (25 mi) northwest of Cabo San Lucas. Located at the east end of Avenida Delfin. Site appears to be open, tower closed. ARLHS MEX-074; CF-03-330; Admiralty G3584; NGA 14560.
La Ribera Light
La Ribera Light, Punta Arena Sur
Municipio de Los Cabos photo
* Cabeza Ballena
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 40 m (131 ft); three white flashes every 12 . 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical white concrete tower with gallery. Eric Costella has a photo, Farosmex has a closeup, Myhre has a view from the sea, and Google has a satellite view. The name means "whale head." Located on a promontory about 8 km (5 mi) east of the Cabo San Lucas beachfront. Accessible by 4WD. Site open, tower closed. CF-03-325; Admiralty G3585; NGA 14556.
* Cabo San Lucas North Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane about 21 m (69 ft); red flash every 5 s. Approx. 19 m (62 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with gallery, painted white and mounted on a square pyramidal concrete base. Myhre has a 2012 photo, Trabas has Douglas Cameron's photo, another photo and a distant view are available, and Google has a satellite view. The listed focal plane is 16 m (52 ft), but in the photos we see that the light has been moved to the top of a mast mounted on the gallery. Located at the end of the short north jetty at the entrance to the yacht harbor of Cabo San Lucas. Accessible by walking the mole. Site open, tower closed. CF-03-310; Admiralty G3589.1; NGA 14549.
* Cabo San Lucas South Breakwater
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); green flash every 5 s. 14 m (46 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower with gallery, painted white. A 1-story equipment shelter in enclosed in the base of the tower. Myhre's photo is at right, Trabas has Douglas Cameron's photo, V. Durazo has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the end of the short south jetty at the entrance to the yacht harbor of Cabo San Lucas. Accessible by walking the mole. Site open, tower closed. CF-03-315; Admiralty G3589.2; NGA 14550.
* Cabo San Lucas Range Front
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 26 m (85 ft); white light, 1 s on, 2 s off. The light is on a post mounted on the roof of the Hotel Plaza Las Glorias. It is not on the nearby faux lighthouse tower of the Tesoro Los Cabos hotel, as has been very widely assumed. Google has a street view and a satellite view. The rear light is on an 8 m (26 ft) skeletal tower on a hillside about 290 m (315 yd) west northwest. Site open, tower open. Site manager: Hotel Plaza Las Glorias. ARLHS MEX-103; CF-03-320; Admiralty G3590; NGA 14553.
* Cabo Falso (1) ("Faro Viejo")
1890?. Inactive since 1967. Approx. 9 m (30 ft) octagonal cylindrical stone tower, rising from a 1-story stone keeper's house. Hilari and Jim Seery's photo is at the top of this page, T. Burcio has a photo, Paula Thomas also has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Despite its name, the lighthouse is not truly at Cabo Falso but is at the westernmost extension of Cabo San Lucas about 5 km (3 mi) southwest of the town. Located atop a bluff at a point of the cape. Site accessible by horseback or ATV from the resorts of the Cabo San Lucas area. Site open, tower status unknown. ARLHS MEX-101.
* Cabo Falso (2)
1967. Active; focal plane 190 m (623 ft); white flash every 6 s. 6 m (20 ft) hexagonal cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery, painted with red and white horizontal bands. Hilari and Jim Seery's photo is at the top of this page, a 2007 photo is available, Farosmex has a closeup photo, Rob A. Johnston has a distant view showing both lighthouses, and Google has an excellent satellite view. Located on heights above the cape. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS MEX-102; CF-03-305; Admiralty G3586; NGA 14548.
Cabo San Lucas South Breakwater Light
South Breakwater Light, Cabo San Lucas, May 2012
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Larry Myhre

Pacific Coast Lighthouses

Western La Paz Municipality Lighthouses
* Todos los Santos
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); white flash every 6 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery centered on a square concrete base. Lighthouse painted with black and white horizontal bands. Farosmex has a closeup photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located just off the beach about 2 km (1.25 mi) south of Todos los Santos, a town about 45 km (28 mi) north of Cabo San Lucas. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS MEX-077; CF-03-300; Admiralty G3591; NGA 14544.
Cabo Tosca (Punta Tosca)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 81 m (266 ft); white flash every 6 s. Approx. 11 m (36 ft) square cylindrical tower with gallery, attached to a 1-story keeper's house. Johnny Friday has a 2001 closeup and a view from the sea, and Google has a satellite view. The lighthouse was quite dilapidated in 2001, but it may have been repaired since then. Located on the point of Punta Tosca, the rugged southernmost tip of Isla Santa Margarita, at the southern end of Bahía Magdalena. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS MEX-128; CF-03-280; Admiralty G3592; NGA 14532.

Comondú Municipality Lighthouses
Isla Mangrove (San Carlos) Range Rear
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 27 m (89 ft); white light, 1 s on, 1 s off. 27 m (89 ft) square skeletal tower, painted white. The Cuaderno has a small photo, and Google has a satellite view. This is an approach range for the fishing port of San Carlos. The front light is on a shorter skeletal tower. Located on Isla Mangrove about 10 km (6 mi) west of the town. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CF-03-260.1; Admiralty G3594.1; NGA 14520.
Punta Redonda
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 19 m (62 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 9 m (30 ft) square masonry tower, painted white. The Cuaderno has a small photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the east side of the principal entrance to the Bahía Magdalena. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. CF-03-250; Admiralty G3593; NGA 14504.
Cabo San Lazaro
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 70 m (230 ft); white flash every 6 s. 7 m (23 ft) square cylindrical tower with gallery rising from the seaward side of a 1-story keeper's house. Joe Weide's photo is at right, Farosmex has a photo, a view from the sea is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the cape, which juts into the Pacific west of San Marcos. This is a remote site, difficult to access. Site status unknown. ARLHS MEX-102; CF-03-085; Admiralty G3598; NGA 14500.
* Puerto López Mateos
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); white flash every 6 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with lantern and gallery centered on a square concrete base. Lighthouse painted with red and white horizontal bands. Nelson Razo has a closeup, Farosmex has a closeup photo, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view of the area. Located on the waterfront of Puerto López Mateos. Site open, tower closed. CF-03-080; Admiralty G3598.5; NGA 14496.5.
* Boca de Santo Domingo
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); three white flashes every 12 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical white concrete tower with gallery. Farosmex has a closeup photo, another photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the north side of an estuary entrance north of Santo Domingo. Site open, tower closed. CF-03-070; Admiralty G3598.6; NGA 14493.
Faro de Cabo San Lazaro
Cabo San Lazaro Light, Comondú, December 1996
Panoramio photo copyright Joe Weide; used by permission
* Boca de Pabellon (San Andresito)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery centered on a square concrete base. Lighthouse painted with red and white horizontal bands. A closeup photo is available, Farosmex has another closeup, and Google has a satellite view. Located on the south side of the mouth of the Río Pabellon at Puerto San Andresito. Site open, tower closed. CF-03-065; Admiralty G3598.7; NGA 14492.

Western Mulegé Municipality Lighthouses
* Punta Abreojos
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 25 m (82 ft); three white flashes every 12 s. 20 m (66 ft) ribbed concrete tower with lantern and gallery. Joe Makares has contributed a photo, Farosmex has a closeup photo, and Google has a satellite view. Accessible by 4WD: Punta Abreojos is at the end of 84 km (52 mi) of dirt road. In 2004 at least part of the road was being paved. Located on the beach at the south end of town. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS MEX-047; CF-03-045; Admiralty G3600; NGA 14480.
* San Hipólito
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); four white flashes every 16 s. 10 m (33 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, painted with red and white horizontal bands. Farosmex has a closeup photo, Oscar Lopez has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. Located on a promontory about 150 km (90 mi) south of Guerrero Negro. Accessible by 4WD. Site open, tower closed. CF-03-040; Admiralty G3600.8; NGA 14478.
Isla San Roque
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 28 m (92 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 7 m (23 ft) post attached to one side of a 2-story concrete and cinder block building. José Luís Ogawa has a photo, and Google has a satellite view. The nature of the building is not known. The light guides vessels around Cabo San Roque. Located on a small island about 8 km (5 mi) west of Bahía Asunción. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. CF-03-035; Admiralty G3601; NGA 14476.
* Punta Eugenia
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); three white flashes every 12 s. 5.5 m (18 ft) square pyramidal masonry tower with gallery, painted white. Vargas has a small photo and a report on a March 2009 visit, and Google has a satellite view. Punta Eugenia is the westernmost point of Baja California Sur, separated from Isla Natividad by a strait about 8 km (5 mi) wide. There is a fishing camp in the lee of the point. Located at the point of the cape; accessible by 4WD. Site open, tower closed. CF-03-015; Admiralty G3604; NGA 14460.
Faro de Abreojos
Punta Abreojos Light, Punta Abreojos, 2004
contributed photo copyright Joe Makares; used by permission
Isla Natividad
1938. Active; focal plane 111 m (364 ft); two white flashes every 10 s. 16 m (52 ft) gray masonry tower rising from a 1-story keeper's house. An excellent 2010 photo and a 2009 closeup photo are available, Farosmex has a good photo, and Google has a satellite view. Isla Natividad is off Punta Eugenia, about 65 km (40 mi) west of Guerrero Negro. The island is popular with surfers. Located at the highest point of the island. Accessible only by boat. Site open; tower apparently open. ARLHS MEX-040; CF-03-010; Admiralty G3606; NGA 14456.
Mal Arrimo
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 18 m (59 ft); white flash every 6 s. 12 m (39 ft) round cylindrical concrete tower with gallery, painted with red and white horizontal bands. The Cuaderno has a small photo, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on a headland about 25 km (15 mi) west of Punta Eugenia. Site open, tower closed. CF-03-005.

Information available on lost lighthouses:

Notable faux lighthouses:

  • Cabo San Lucas has a 20 m (65 ft) (?) white tower with an observation room and gallery topped by a flat roof. Trabas has Douglas Cameron's photo, also seen at right, Myhre has a 2012 photo, a late 2007 photo is available, and Google has a satellite view. Everyone has assumed that this tower carries the front light of the Cabo San Lucas range, but the Cuaderno de Faros is clear that the range light is mounted on the roof of the nearby Hotel Plaza Las Glorias.

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Checked and revised December 18, 2013. Lighthouses: 45. Site copyright 2013 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.