The Rustic Lighthouse of San Jacinto

sanjacintolighthousefamilyWe love to visit this small light beacon that rests on a rocky shore in another fishing village just south of where we live. The best part of it, in my opinion, is that is appears to be a bit neglected in appearance. This could be totally false, as I now understand how destructive the misty salt air can be..for all I know, it was just painted last month and is simply subjected to the elements of daily life at the seaside.

Whatever the truth is, there is something charming about it’s lack of perfection. The worn paint, foggy glass, and the faded Virgin Mary who resides inside are symbolic of the typical life and tradition in an Ecuadorian fishing village. It is a place where tradition and folklore trump modern and new in each passing moment. sanjacintolighthouse
It is not actually attached to a “house”, but we are led to believe that it’s purpose must be to veer boats away from the rocky shores. The same shores that threaten the fishermen are those that protect these coastal villages from the angry, high tides of the ocean.
We have yet to see it lit up at night, and are not entirely sure if it is even functional at all. But, it’s our list of things-to-do, to sneak up on the structure at nightfall to find out if it’s casting a beam for the fishers out at sea.

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18 Replies to “The Rustic Lighthouse of San Jacinto”

    1. Well, it does seem to be abandoned, as we’ve gone by a few nights and it has never been lit yet. However, maybe it’s been too early in the evening. I’m sure about the laws of lighting the sea, but I’m wondering if perhaps it’s not necessary, as least during “business” hours. Even though it’s a small village, I think there are enough lights that it would be hard for a boat not see the shore.

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  1. Did you happen to stumble upon this place? I bet it would have been interesting for your kids to explore the surroundings.

    Maybe it’s not fully utilised until after dark or when the town knows there’s meant to be a ship coming in? Could also be abandoned since a lot of ships these days have really modern equipment… Sounds like a mystery!

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    1. Yes, we did stumble across while exploring the neighboring villages. No one ever mentioned that it was there. It was a great find! The kids often ask to go check it out. We still haven’t found out the real truth yet..but, I hope we will in time!

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  2. That is a neat lighthouse! It is so crazy how much damage the salt air/salt water can have on a structure. There are houses along a beach I visit every year that look like they have aged 20 years, when in reality only one year has passed. Sad to see that it is not still casting light for the boats!

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    1. The other night we had a power outage and I will could think was how bad it would be for the boats to come ashore without being able to see anything! It’s a shame to see tried and true methods go to the wayside, when there are times when they would beat out the problems of the modern world. We see the erosion every day as we watch the hooks for our hammocks rust away. They were put in just a month ago,and if I didn’t know better I would believe they had been there at least 10 years!

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