Point Sur Light Station
Point Sur Light Station
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Chris
Fareham, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
This is a must if you're nearby. The guided tour was really interesting and the volunteer docents really know their stuff. It's a steep climb but with plenty of rest stops. Fantastic views from the top with some really interesting period buildings to explore. It's only open for tours on certain days, and you can't reserve. As others have said, you line your cars up by the side of the road and they let people in until they're full, so get there early!
Written 3 January 2024
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rbbt23
Burbank5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Volunteers are doing an amazing job rehabbing this historic facility. Tour is about 3 hours long, and there is a fairly steep climb from the base of the rock to the lighthouse - along the way you'll stop frequently for interesting historic insights from the docent.

Great history and wonderful views of the ocean and coast.
Written 1 January 2023
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927EricB
Alameda, CA81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
The walk up to the lighthouse was fairly steep and challenging but well worth it. Our tour guide, Tom, was friendly and knowledgeable. He provided an interesting and informative tour. While the walk up the path was a little difficult he stopped periodically at just the right time to share information about the light station. The views from the top were so memorable..a bucket list experience!
Written 5 December 2021
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eghr
San Francisco, CA146 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The lighthouse is open only on a guided tour by volunteer docents. Arrive 30-45 minutes before the tour is to begin. They limit the tour to 30 people on a first come first serve basis. No reservations. Line up at the gate along the road in your car. The docent opened the gate around 9:30 am and directed us to the parking area. We guides were well informed and the tour lasted about 3 hours. We were able to visit the lighthouse and head lighthouse keeper's quarters. The tour is offered only on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays, so plan ahead. It was fascinating to hear about the USS Macon crash. The cost is $15 pp. Donations are welcome by the nonprofit to help restore the light station.
Written 3 September 2021
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rsbdesign
Carmichael, CA66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Getting to this lighthouse is by tour only. No reservations accepted. Right now, tours are 3 times a week, led by volunteer docents. The website says arrive before the scheduled tour time. I arrived about 45 minutes early. Some people ended up being turned away because only 30 people can tour at a time. This place is not well marked, expect to miss the sign at least once. When your GPS indicates you're getting close and you see a line of cars parked on the side of the road, get in that line! Chances are, you're in the right place. The sign on the gate is small. The volunteers will open the gate a few minutes before the scheduled tour time and admit the cars, first come, first served until the 30 person limit is reached. It's not possible to get inside the grounds any other way. The tour is 2 to 3 hours and cost is $15/person. If you like lighthouses, this is an awesome tour.
Written 9 August 2021
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SteelCity13
Austin, TX910 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Pretty to look at from afar. Wish they had more tours. Would have loved to see it up close. Great old lighthouse.
Written 1 May 2021
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mini
Fremont, CA1,84,815 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020
On our drive to Big Sur, we enjoyed seeing the Point Sur Lighthouse. It is located 361 feet above the surf on volcanic soil. It was first lit on August 1, 1889.
Written 26 May 2020
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Sharon W
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Be very cautious and do not leave any valuables in car as this area is targeted by criminals and thieves who smash car window and grab everything in cars. Apparently happens several times a day as it did to us. We had rented an SUV and that makes it very easy to smash the back window and grab everything inside. If renting a vehicle I will always rent a vehicle with a trunk from now on.
Written 16 January 2020
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Dr.Rick
Fresno, CA32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018
Growing up on the Monterey Peninsula, I had driven down the coast hundreds of time, always seeing the lighthouse and wondering what it was like. Many years passed before finally getting a tour. A great experience. The history portrayed within and the views from without made for a great completed bucket list wish.
Written 6 August 2019
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Marina, CA23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
Our guide swore it was haunted and it was hard not to believe when my visit was on a very foggy October day. From start to finish the tour is intriguing and the scenery is breathtaking. Once at the top you truly feel you are isolated and it's hard to imagine that people once lived there but as it happens one of the gentlemen in our tour group disclosed that he had lived there as a young boy while his father was the lightkeeper! This lighthouse tour is truly a must but I'm not sure I would take young children as the cliff ledges are real and the wind is fierce.
Written 26 March 2019
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