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“Dress warm and arrive early”

Point Sur State Historic Park
Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Big Sur
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Owner description: This historic lighthouse located around Point Sur is now a state park.
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Limited tours and small groups make this a tricky place to visit. However, if you can arrive early before they open the gate, you're in for a treat. Be prepared for long, up-hill hikes, high winds, and limited access to bathrooms and water.

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Reviewed 27 February 2017

We set off to drive from Carmel through Big Sur bound for Hearst Castle. We had to turn back after about 15km. Above-average rain has closed California’s coastal Highway 1 in several places roughly between Ragged Point and Carmel.

We have read that Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur had been damaged has started sinking into the shifting mountainside. Current word is that it’s beyond repair and can take a year to fix and open the road.

They're saying you can access Big Sur from LA but you'd have to drive in and out. No through to Carmel/Monterrey.

9  Thank Elizabeth D
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

Camp here if you have no other options. Pickings can be slim in this area. The campsites are close together and windy. There is no access to the beach or hiking trails. Once you are here there is really no where to go.

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Reviewed 20 January 2017

We took the Sunday lighthouse tour on a sunny windy day. Our volunteer guide was excellent. She took her time telling us about the plants and geology as we made our way up the hill toward the lighthouse, on the sheltered leeward side. The views were excellent, though it was too windy to see the whales.
Check their website for dates and times of tours - and go a bit early to be sure of getting in. First come, first served.

3  Thank Sue E
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

The gorgeous vistas of Big Sur will pull you in! Make sure to have a camera on hand because with the beautiful emerald blue Pacific Ocean on one side and the majestic pine trees on the other you'll grab some great pictures. Before you start your drive into Big Sur be sure to pack your lunch because you won't find a lot of places to stop and eat.

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