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Piedras Blancas Light Station

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Address: Tours meet at the former Piedras Blancas Motel 1.5 miles North of the light station, Cambria, CA
Phone Number: +1 805-927-7361
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Nature at it's best!

I would highly recommend this easy to stop by roadside attraction. There is plenty of free parking and a nature trail that runs alongside the cove teaches you facts about the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Debra M
Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would highly recommend this easy to stop by roadside attraction. There is plenty of free parking and a nature trail that runs alongside the cove teaches you facts about the elephant seals. They are very enjoyable to watch and to hear them bellow will make you laugh which is always good medicine for the soul. You can also take... More 

Thank Debra M
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Though the Castle is the main attraction visited by tourist; the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Station is highly recommended. Well organized volunteers help the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse Committee to guide tourist through the history of the Lighthouse Station. It includes marine mammals presentation that is really informative especially for kids. Also, the nature and sound of the ocean are really captivating.... More 

Thank Elie L
Napa Valley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

This was really great, and the waves crashing onto the path and see whales break right in front of us was pretty amazing. The only bummer was that you are not allowed up to the tower which was definitely a minus. Otherwise fantastic

Thank Internationalgotoguy
Loughborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

Stopped to look at a group of Elephant seals basking in the last of the sunlight. Then watched one of the best sunsets of the whole trip - fabulous.

Thank Rita_and_Alan
Tucson, Arizona, United States
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71 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

I enjoy the history of such places as this and the volunteer tour guides are knowledgable. Someone had mentioned they felt the tour was a bit long and this could possibly be true if you don't like history or natural history. It was a bit warm when we were there but we enjoyed it nevertheless.

Thank cwc9201
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

We were in San Simeon for a long weekend and decided to take a tour of the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse, or Light Station as it's called. Tours run on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and reservations for small groups aren’t necessary. The meeting place is at the abandoned Piedras Blancas Motel on Highway 1, about 1.5 miles north of the lighthouse.... More 

1 Thank GeneBarb
Southern Calif.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

The tour is well organized and we had an excellent tour guide. It is a very easy walking/strolling tour. The only thing for us was we felt the tour could have been done in an hour. We are not necessarily tour people with long attention spans, but....we still feel it was too long. If you love learning detailed history of... More 

1 Thank 1socalgirl
Sparks, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

We learned a lot about the light station and the surrounding area. Gary was our tour guide and he was like an encyclopedia. He knew a lot about the marine biology and even told us a lot about the condors they are reintroducing in the area. This is a great tour.

1 Thank Jim M
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Glad we made it in time to do this tour. They meet one time a day in the parking lot of an old abandoned motel up the street from the actual Lighthouse for a quick orientation; there is an outhouse for use before you get to the lighthouse. We followed the guide back to the lighthouse and through where they... More 

Thank akyraty
San Diego
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117 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

This is a wonderful and informative tour. Our guide, Zale, was excellent. He gave us the scoop on all the flora, fauna, and sea life as well as the interesting history of the station. Worth way more that the $10 fee.

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