We have visited the USA about 13 years in a row and visited this area many times, but we always missed the Point Sur Lighthouse tour due to timing and the tour dates/hours. We have been to almost every other lighthouse on the California coast and a few on the East Coast. This was the best for sure because it is so remote. Tours are only available a few times a week and it alters by season. I highly recommend you plan ahead for this and check out their website. They also have moonlight tours. I recommend staying in Carmel-by-the-Sea - it is gorgeous and an approximate 40 minute drive to Pt Sur Lighthouse. Arrive early and wait at the gate in your car. We were second in line and it soon lined up with cars. Don't miss your timeslot, it is a great experience. The Ranger will come to the gate and instruct you where to drive to the base of the lighthouse. There is free parking there. You will then follow him on foot (no cars) up a steep road to the lighthouse. The walk is slow and they stop along the way to explain things, so don't feel put off by this. If you need to rest, you can. Contact them if you have a disability. I feel you could navigate this incline on a mobility scooter, but I am not sure of their rules or what they have in place to assist. Elevation 360 feet and two stairways - one of them being 61 steps. Once you drive in, you are committed to a 3 hour tour, no turning back. The tour guides stop along the way to give you a rest and explain certain aspects and by stopping, you get to enjoy the incredible ocean views. Take bottled water and layers of clothing, hat and sunglasses no matter what the temperature is and travel light. Leave everything in the car, it is totally safe. Just take your camera. We struck an unusually hot Fall day, but don't be fooled. The weather can change quickly and you are right out at the coast. You are not able to return to your car to get a jacket. The tour is very informative and you have plenty of time to take photos. They take you up into the lighthouse which is just wonderful after seeing it from the road so many times. One of my photos of the lighthouse has a couple in it - I so wish I realised so I could send them this photo. So, if you visited the lighthouse on October 14, 2015 or know of a couple who did (mid 30s?) this is them. I have this photo on my cellphone homepage. There were a couple of young children on our tour and they were given the job of keeping count of people at certain intervals. At the end, they were rewarded with a fridge magnet souvenir. What offended us was, the tour guide found out earlier that we had travelled the furtherest (New Zealand) and that would usually win you a souvenir, but he said "because they have been here before, they don't get one". How rude! We have never been to this lighthouse, only to California and seen the lighthouse from the road. He was better to say nothing at all - very offensive and ruined our wonderful experience. All that over a fridge magnet.
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