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Port San Luis Lighthouse

Avila Beach Drive, Avila Beach, CA 93406
805 540 5771
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Ranked #4 of 16 attractions in Avila Beach
Type: Lighthouses
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San Luis Obispo, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

got to go to the port san luis lighthouse for the "jubilee" on father's day sunday. A scenic trolley ride out, a gourmet picnic lunch, live music, and a self guided lighthouse tour. What a great time. Plenty of knowledgeable docents to ask questions of. The jubilee is held once a month, check local listings for times and dates.

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Golden, Colorado, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

My sister and I rented kayak's from Avila Beach Paddlesports and made our way to the lighthouse. Beached the kayak's and went up the stairs to the lighthouse. Avila Beach Paddlesports made the reservations for the tour for us. It was so beautiful, scenic, & picturesque. Next time I want to do the hike in to the Lighthouse!

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Los Angeles, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

You board a trolley that takes you up a mountain road and back in time, to this lovely lighthouse dating to 1890. Docents provide great information, from the changes on the site over the years to the woman whose memories of childhood at the lighthouse aided those working to restore it. From the site, you have great views of Avila... More

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Kingman, Arizona
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This lighthouse has been in service since 1860 some. It was manned by the US Lighthouse Service until 1939 when it was manned by US Coast Guard personnel until it was made automatic and now has no "on site" tenders. You have to make reservations if you want to make sure you get on one of the trolleys that run... More

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Willcox, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

It was a rather warm day in Avila Beach so we were happy that it was a little cooler at the lighthouse. The ride up in the trolley and the tour were great. Such pride and work has been put into the restoration of this piece of history. It is a must see. We even saw some whales in the... More

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Santa Cruz, CA
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

I've been to this area lots of times over the years and never visited here. Getting here is part of the fun, either with the trolley, or a long hike, or from boat or kayak. The tour is short and very informative. The docents who give the tour are the same people who renovated the house and grounds, so they... More

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Moreno Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Love this hotel and Avila Beach area. Fun, relaxing, Bob Jones Trail, close to other Central Coast beach towns & San Luis Obispo.

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

This was our (wife and I) first trip to a lighthouse. The docents were very knowledgeable and engaging, they answered all questions thoroughly, and gave an easy-to-understand, yet engaging history of the lighthouse and the surrounding areas, including the geology of the area, Native-American presence, original settlers, and early and current industry. In addition, the views from the lighthouse are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

The Port San Luis Lighthouse is a beautiful, peaceful location near Avila Beach, CA. We went to the lighthouse on a private tour (public tours are offered) for our company party in the middle of December 2013. A trolley brings you to the lighthouse via a one-lane mountain road on which you're treated to spectacular views of Avila Beach and... More

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Porter Ranch, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

This nicely restored lighthouse is a four mile round trip trek. It is available only by way of docent-let hikes, and only on a pre-reserved basis. I would rate trails as a bit rugged, but that is what mountain hikes are all about. The Elevation gain and loss along the trails is challenging, but you can take it at your... More

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