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Point San Luis Lighthouse

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Address: Lighthouse Rd, Avila Beach, CA 93424
Phone Number: 18055405771
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Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Point San Luis Lighthouse is a fully restored national landmark with tours...

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. The Pecho Coast Trail is a trail hike that leads to the Lighthouse. Point San Luis is a non-profit charity and all tours go to support ongoing restoration, education, and conservation programs.

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Excellent from start to finish

My wife's a retired history teacher. She loves this kinda stuff. I tolerate it. Plan in advance & make an appointment. Even midweek, early February, we didn't get our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Les J
Temecula, California
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Temecula, California
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233 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My wife's a retired history teacher. She loves this kinda stuff. I tolerate it. Plan in advance & make an appointment. Even midweek, early February, we didn't get our preferred time. Ride up in the trolley piloted by John would have been worth the price of admission for the views & his narrative alone. Paved road makes highway 1 look... More 

Thank Les J
San Jose, California
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We go to a lot of lighthouses and this one is the best. I wasn't fond of the drive up but I'm scared of heights. The fire was spectacular!!!!

Thank Poohntigger
New Hampshire
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85 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To tour the lighthouse you must either take the trolley tour or hike in about two miles through hilly terrain. The trolley driver provided interesting commentary about the locale during the ride to the lighthouse and back. The docent for the actual lighthouse tour provided extensive information about the history and operation of the lighthouse. The tour includes the original... More 

Thank zippo46
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great location, right next to the beach with just quiet parking road in front. Great pool, sheltered by screens and wind breaks and a good view over the bay. We saw seals from the beach front and an amazing array of bird life. My only thoughts were this could get busy at weekends and in the high season. We (my... More 

Thank krizzb
Santa Maria, California
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not as promised. Wanted to take my family and mother to the lighthouse as part of a Christmas gift. Purchased tickets for 8 @ 40.00 per person. Regular price is 20.00 per person. I was told the lighthouse would be decorated for Christmas have people dressed in period clothing and a guided tour. Well the only thing we got for... More 

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Jesse R, Manager at Point San Luis Lighthouse, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback! We use customer reviews like yours to improve our services. Like many non-profits we host events during the holidays to raise funds for our community outreach. The $40 ticket price goes 100% into supporting our school educational program and field trips to the Lighthouse. We offer complimentary wine and live music during these events to enhance... More 

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49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

The trolley ride up to the lighthouse is a winding adventure. Incredible views. Ride left side on way up or right side down for awe inspiring view down cliff. Our bus driver, Paul, was expert driver and historical guide. Once at lighthouse we had snacks (think this is just a one time Xmas holidays treat) and our guide Lynda was... More 

1 Thank logansrun
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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50 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

During December, the docents put on a great spread. With carolers, wine and goodies. The tour was good and the volunteer docents well trained and interesting. The ticket process was a downer as we were signed up for the wrong tour. The instructions for where and when to show up were unclear. The view was great and the restoration outstanding.... More 

1 Thank Buffalogr
O'Fallon, Illinois
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242 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

This is an absolutely wonderful adventure back in time, one which should not be missed. First, the locale overlooking Avila Beach is breathtaking in itself. However, the climb (either by motorized trolley or by good old foot power) to the lighthouse enhances the experience many times over. If you have any inclinations towards vertigo, sit in the middle of the... More 

2 Thank Charlie282
Palo Alto, California
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

The whole experience is fun. You ride a trolly up the side of a mountain on a tiny one-lane road. Breathtaking views. Very enthusiastic docents that tell you a lot of historical facts. Lighthouse is completely restored with period furniture, and you even get to go up the lighthouse tower for an amazing 360 degree view.

1 Thank IslandGirl1956
Vista, California
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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

Our tour of Port San Luis Lighthouse started with riding in an old time trolley up a winding hillside with beautiful views of the bay. The driver was very knowledgeable of the area and stopped a few times for us to take pictures. The docent at the lighthouse gave a wonderful tour with the time allowed and had answers for... More 

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