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Port San Luis Lighthouse

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Address: Avila Beach Drive, Avila Beach, CA 93406
Phone Number: 805 540 5771
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Breathtaking views and a history lesson - fun!

Be sure to call ahead and make a reservation. Staff are all very friendly and knowledgeable. The restored house and tower are charming and we enjoyed our tour. The ride up to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Costa Mesa, California
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Costa Mesa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Be sure to call ahead and make a reservation. Staff are all very friendly and knowledgeable. The restored house and tower are charming and we enjoyed our tour. The ride up to the light is incredible with miles of views out to the ocean and along the coast. On the way up sit on the left side of the trolley... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

okay, apparently you can walk there, but the most oft used means is by the regular tours on the little tour trolley. However, if you can, go by SUP or kayak along the rock, passing some cool clear water, lots of seals, and if there is wind, just stay by the rock and you will be shielded. Park your ride... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Hike was great...Tours on Wednesdays & Saturday's only; met 8:45 am at the Fisherman's Memorial in Avila Beach. Did the Pecho Trail to the San Luis Lighthouse. Since the trail is on private property (PG & E); you can only get to it by hiking or taking the trolley. Need to make reservations online (Pecho Coast Trail Reservations). It was... More 

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Paso Robles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We are locals but have never visited the lighthouse before so we finally scheduled a tour when we had an out of town visitor. The trolley ride to the lighthouse was not only informative but allowed for great views of the coastline that you typically don't get on your own. Once at the lighthouse, we were split up into smaller... More 

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Encino, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Very cute lighthouse with kind and enthusiastic docents. The views are gorgeous and I definitely learned some interesting information. That being said... It isn't "spectacular" and the docents were sweet volunteers but not amazing in their presentation or knowledge. Glad we went though!

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Freshest fish , atmosphere is great. It's definitely a must for a special evening. First date night would be very impressive. I've eaten at this restaurant every time I'm in Avila.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

If you are looking for something new and unique to do on the Central California Coast, consider a tour of the Port San Luis Lighthouse. It is off the beaten path, and not open everyday. You will have to contact them to find out their hours and plan a short trip to explore this unique part of California history. You... More 

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

The light house has a lot of history But is not a good idea to take small children because they are not able to touch anything.We took are 5 year old twins and the only thing they like was the swing and the trolley ride . The prices for children were $15.00 dollars each I think they should of been... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

The view is amazing from the light station, and the tour takes you all way up into the lighthouse's lantern room.You get to see the lighthouse's original Fresnel Lens too. Our tour guide was wonderful, and I highly recommend to take the tour if you have the chance.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

First of all kudos to all those volunteers who provide the service of maintaining and sharing this historical landmark to all of us. There are several ways to get to the lighthouse. Tours by Trolley car, or by a guided hike, or by a guided kayaking excursion are available for purchase. My choice was by Trolley car on a beautiful... More 

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Additional Information about Port San Luis Lighthouse

Address: Avila Beach Drive, Avila Beach, CA 93406
Phone Number: 805 540 5771
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Avila Beach
Open Hours:
Monday 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 6:00 am - 5:00 pm

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