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Point San Luis Lighthouse

1 Lighthouse Road, Avila Beach, CA 93424
+1 805-540-5771
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I am one of the MANY volunteers who have transformed this Lighthouse to it's origional "Glory" and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
508vernad
Great Hike, Silly Rules

Pecho Coast Trial to the Point San Luis Lighthouse is a great hike, one of the best in the area... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1 Lighthouse Road, Avila Beach, CA 93424
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I am one of the MANY volunteers who have transformed this Lighthouse to it's origional "Glory" and one of the FEW still open for tours. The setting is BREATHING. Public Tours available (with reservations) on Wed. and Sat. It can be reserved with 20+ for...More

Thank 508vernad
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Pecho Coast Trial to the Point San Luis Lighthouse is a great hike, one of the best in the area. The panoramic views of San Luis Obispo Bay below are dramatic, the hike is led by staff knowledgeable in local biology and history, and the...More

Thank Jacob B
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

My husband and I are lighthouse buffs. We visit lighthouses whenever we are in the vicinity of one--we even spent the night in a lighthouse in San Francisco Bay. We opted for the trolley ride. Thought the hike might be too strenuous. Our driver was...More

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Reviewed 20 June 2018

Our visit began with the short, but intense trolley ride from the beach to the lighthouse. Road up offer fantastic views of the bay. Lighthouse has been lovingly restored by volunteers who also serve as docents to relay the history of the lighthouse and those...More

2  Thank brotherroy
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Reviewed 16 June 2018

This is an amazing place. Learn about the lighthouse, it's "keepers" and see amazing views of the Pacific. A must see.

1  Thank happytoseeu
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Reviewed 4 June 2018

Point San Luis Lighthouse is the only remaining one of three that were alike and it's worth the trolley ride to see and get a sense of the history of not just the light house but the area. While riding our bikes to the old...More

2  Thank Dennis F F
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

It's worth the trip to Point San Luis to enjoy this peaceful site. It's so peaceful in such a busy world.

1  Thank SMOgal
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

Hike out with a docent led trip or rent a kayak at the port st. Luis to paddle over to the beach to climb the stairs to the lighthouse. There is also a trolley that provides limited service for a fee on the weekends. Take...More

1  Thank gotocarla
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

This is a good experience. The driver is knowledgable, and funny. The lighthouse has been lovingly restored and the docents most friendly. Interesting subject of course, glad we went

1  Thank plentyfun
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

The Point San Luis Lighthouse tour is a nice activity, overall. Guests can take a trolley ride from a parking lot across from Olde Port beach or go on a guided hike up to to the lighthouse. The road to the site is very windy...More

3  Thank FamousDena
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Jack S, Manager at Point San Luis Lighthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

Thanks for the informative review! Just a heads up that water and snacks are indeed available for sale in the gift shop. Our tours usually take around one hour, in which a docent leads guests around the historic site. Although we work closely with the...More

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comfytravel
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
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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!
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