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“Awesome but windy and cold.”

Point Reyes Lighthouse
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Drenched in fog most of the year, this lighthouse is one of the foggiest in the country, and is a great whale-watching spot in the fall and spring.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Great times. Fog was rolling in it was cold and windy but down at the lighthouse saw whales and a cool lighthouse. Life is good.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

As Islanders we re attracted to the Ocean. No matter where we at we will try to be or get as close as posible. Visited this Californian Hidden Treasure and it did not disappoint. A lot to do, see, hear and feel. Awesome views and add some History into the mix. Great place for nature lovers, hikers and family. Also is free admission (can't beat that). Put your hiking boots and hit the trails!

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

There are some beautiful pictures to be had here, but the trip out is a serious hurdle. Definitely a one and done location for us. Besides the trip being long, there’s nothing else along the road, it’s slow driving and not that scenic compared to where you ultimately end up. There is some wildlife along the road which helps, but not enough. Make sure you take an extra jacket, it’s apparently windy often which makes it chilly.

1  Thank Tom R
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

We drove to the Point Reyes lighthouse on a day when it was closed, but the viewing area above the lighthouse provides all the scenery anyone might want. As we walked up the path to it, a raptor of some sort dropped right in front of us to catch and eat a lizard. We're talking 10 feet away. As we drove the 45 minutes to the lighthouse, we saw deer and tule elk, which we were not expecting. And then we took the quick drive on the mostly one-lane, crumbing road to the parking lot for the short walk to the elephant seal overlook, where many dozens of elephant seals lazed on the beach. Several pairs did the dance that these seals are famous for, making all sorts of grunting noises. This was great fun, although the drive requires alertness. We came around a sharp turn at one point, and a mother cow and her calf were outside their fenced area, one the roadside.

1  Thank quiinc
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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

We picked a cloudy Saturday in late March to visit this place without a lot of expectation. It turn out to be a very good day trip. We drove to Point Reyes Station first. Had coffee and sweets at a local bakery. The info center in town is closed so we moved on to Kenneth patrick visitors center. This center is much better. But if you are press for time, you can go straight to the light house visitors center. We got lucky because we ran into the whale program at 1:29 pm which is a 20 plus minutes of talk by park ranger. He is very good. Knowledgeable and entertaining at the same time. It is about 350 steps from the visitors center to the lighthouse. The view is spectacular and we saw whales bobbing in the distance. And, there are falcons flying overhead. Point of Reyes because of its 10 miles into the ocean has become one of best spots for whale watching without a boat.
The beach right next to the light house is the sea lion-lookout. On our way back from the light house, we stopped by Chimney Rock beach (it is a one lane paved road for about 10 to 15 minutes off the main road) to see elephant seals.

We did all the above in a day and came back to SF for dinner. A great way to appreciate how beautiful this country is. One more thing - there is no cell phone signal along the beach (i have ATT)

3  Thank sunjoe075
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