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Point San Luis Lighthouse

1 lighthouse road, Avila Beach, CA 93424
+1 805-540-5771
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Absolutely wonderful tour and history of the area

We had an outstanding Docent who toured us through the home of the Lighthouse Keeper. The... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kathie M
Scottsdale, Arizona
Point San Luis Lighthouse -- an Original

This was a working lighthouse 50 years ago, manned with a small crew of Coast Guard workers, and... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2017
Alex G
Avila Beach, California
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Point San Luis Lighthouse is a fully restored national landmark with tours open to the public Wednesdays (12 & 1pm) & Saturdays 12, 1, & 2). The site offers private group tours, educational trips for schools, special events, and weddings. Tickets for the tours can be purchased online at the Point San Luis Lighthouse website. Point San Luis is a non-profit charity and all ticket sales go to support ongoing restoration, education, and conservation programs. The Pecho Coast Trail is a trail hike that leads to the Lighthouse on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. To learn more about signing up for the hike please visit PGE's website. In order to take the hike you must be with a Pecho Coast Trail Guide. There is no public access on the road or the trails leading to the lighthouse due to the nearby power plant. The park is closed at dark.
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“light house” (16 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 lighthouse road, Avila Beach, CA 93424
+1 805-540-5771
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an outstanding Docent who toured us through the home of the Lighthouse Keeper. The restoration is a wonder and the early history of the lighthouse makes it more than worth the $20 fee. No need to worry about parking as there is a...More

Thank Kathie M
Reviewed 8 August 2017

This was a working lighthouse 50 years ago, manned with a small crew of Coast Guard workers, and while automation has made a crew basically superfluous today, the lighthouse continues to function automatically with modern equipment. Itis definitely worth a visit, if for nothing else,...More

Thank Alex G
Reviewed 18 July 2017

We took the trolley tour and visited the lighthouse. It was a great trip and the Docent's where well informed and easy to understand. My parents have lived in the area for 24 years and this was our first trip out to the light house....More

Thank hate2stayhome
Reviewed 8 June 2017

Beautiful lighthouse, the best part may be the ride up to the place. The grounds and buildings are very nicely restored.

1  Thank PlumberGreg
Reviewed 10 May 2017

I have been to the lighthouse a number of times. I have hiked up and taken the trolley-bus. It's a challenging walk but very enjoyable. I am 80 years old and found the hike very doable. The docents make it especially fun and provide you...More

1  Thank Slosaul
Reviewed 6 May 2017

The view is fabulous, the history fascinating and the volunteers extremely knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. So very well worth the time and money. From check in to the completion everything went smoothly. Patty our trolley driver super nice and good driving, Phil our docent on...More

1  Thank LDM52
Reviewed 23 April 2017

A charming hike onto the southeastern edge of the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant property, led by knowledgeable volunteers, to learn about the natural history of the central coast. I am glad Diablo Canyon is finally slated to go off-line. The geology study that allowed the...More

1  Thank Jay D
Reviewed 21 April 2017

This is a quaint little light house. It is part of the local charm in this area. Take the time to head out to the pier and see the sea lions up close.

1  Thank Chantal C
Reviewed 31 March 2017

took this bus trip up to Lighthouse awesome. docents lead the tour, very good. great views of ocean wow. nice people. loved it

1  Thank jimbo0604
Reviewed 21 March 2017

We went up there for a dinner event with one of the local wineries and really enjoyed it. Did not know it was even there.

1  Thank need4sand
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2 May 2016|
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Response from ciaolele | Reviewed this property |
I think the only question not previously answered is about the golf carts. I don't remember seeing any golf carts around. It's a beautiful beautiful location though! The suggestion for going to the website is probably the... More
29 June 2015|
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Response from Carolyn J | Reviewed this property |
I recommend the ladies wear slacks/jeans if you would like to climb to the top of the lighthouse. It is a narrow, adventurous staircase to the top. Worth it!