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“Wonderful, affordable tour!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Piedras Blancas Light Station

Piedras Blancas Light Station
Tours meet at the former Piedras Blancas Motel 1.5 miles North of the light station, Cambria, CA
+1 805-927-7361
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Ranked #3 of 6 Attractions in Cambria
Type: Lighthouses, Landmarks
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Los Angeles, CA
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“Wonderful, affordable tour!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2012

We loved this tour! It was only $10 each and lasted for over 2 hours. You get your money's worth. You don't get to go to the top of the lighthouse like many expect on light house tours. But you get to see the inside, and then the whole property, various rooms, and then stunning views off the water and cliffs. They teach you what mammals to look for before you go on a tour by the cliff's edge to see what you can spot. We spotted sea otters, elephant seals and a whale. They give you binoculars for parts of the tour. The guides are knowledgable. You meet at an old hotel, then caravan over, which takes up about 20 minutes of time. Then the 2 hour tour begins. (which ours lasted about 30 minutes longer than it probably was supposed to.) And just FYI...they have outhouses only for bathroom facilities, at the old hotel and on the lighthouse property.

Visited May 2012
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“Elephant Seals!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2012

By far the most interesting thing I saw- a beach full of elephant seals. It looked like Santa Monica beach in the summer. There were a couple hundred seals, lying on the beach waiting to shed their outer coats. Apparently during this time of year they camp there until they're done shedding. I've never seen wildlife just doing their thing, not concerned with humans watching them from an observation deck. A tip- we came from the south and didn't make it to the light house. We observed from the parking lot south of the lighthouse.

Visited May 2012
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“A Surprising Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

The tour is in two parts by volunteer guides, outside landscape/seascape and inside light station with associated buildings. We found out a whole lot more about the California coast, its sea life and vegetation, than we expected. The history of the light itself is interesting, particularly if you take the time to see the original light fixture displayed in the town of Cambria. Our guides obviously liked their jobs, and we liked our morning excursion with them. The grandchildren enjoyed the free flora guide. Binoculars were supplied so we all could see the seals and otters. Two-hour tours are given September 1 through June 14 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 10 a.m, from June 15 through August 31 on Monday through Saturday at 10 am. We planned ours so that we could have lunch at Hearst Castle, followed by one of its tours.

Visited April 2012
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