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Spectacular Views and a Historic Lighthouse

Driving down the Pacific Coast Highway about a half hour south of Carmel is Point Sur Historic... read more

Reviewed December 12, 2018
Windsor, Canada

Tours are offered on limited days and in limited numbers. Check their website. A great hike up the... read more

Reviewed November 6, 2018
Granville, Ohio
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This historic lighthouse located around Point Sur is now a state park.
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93940
+1 831-625-4419
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Reviewed December 12, 2018

Driving down the Pacific Coast Highway about a half hour south of Carmel is Point Sur Historic State Park. Be sure to make the stop. This is different than Big Sur. There is a state park with Spectacular views of the cliffs and the ocean....More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank jfarlam
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Tours are offered on limited days and in limited numbers. Check their website. A great hike up the hillside to the lighthouse and several other restored historic buildings. A different view of the coastline.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank lindacrick
Reviewed October 29, 2018

I went to the special Halloween Night Tour Fund raising event for the Lighthouse. Great views of the area from the top of the lighthouse landing. Lot of historical buildings that are being restored -all by volunteers and volunteer monies. The docents are well steeped...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank ibtravelinj
Reviewed October 23, 2018

Wow wow wow - my favourite view ion the iconic Highway 1 you stop you breath. Don't just take pictures -- make sure to

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Business_Traveller38
Reviewed August 28, 2018

Went on a cross country tour of the USA. Left Baltimore route 70 to Colorodo then the upper staes and down Rt 1 California. The Big Sur was thebest place to visit and camp I had ever seen. Beatiful views of the ocean. If you...More

Date of experience: May 2018
6  Thank don_tepper
Reviewed August 22, 2018

The lighthouse commands the view ion the edge of a scenic valley. Very pretty and idea; for photos...

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank TravelinSuz
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

We did the Lighthouse tour yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. The tours are not offered every day so check the website. You need to wait by the gate for a tour guide to let you in, so arrive a bit early as there is a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank LovetoTravelAZ
Reviewed August 18, 2018

Point Sur Lighthouse Tour is quite an adventure, with whipping winds, fog and high cliffs. The volunteer guides are EXCELLENT. They make brief stops along the 3 hour tour to provide historical information. This tour takes you up to the top where there is hot...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank CarolML
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Great easy hike with amazing views. The sea lions were a highlight along with discovering some starfish in the tide pools.

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Moonshine82017
Reviewed July 27, 2018 via mobile

A unique light station on the gorgeous Big Sur coast. Be sure to check before going as tours are only given on certain days. Get there early, the tours only accommodate 40 people. Seems to be a secret, shouldn’t be!

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank B3857NOamyd
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October 23, 2018|
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Response from Business_Traveller38 | Reviewed this property |
No it's a bit of a hike
Tana M
August 29, 2018|
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Response from marc_loinaz | Reviewed this property |
My understanding is that there are no trails that you can go on inside the park other than the tour. But you could call/e-mail the volunteer site and ask. Trip Advisor is not allowing me to include the link or the info... More
July 2, 2018|
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Response from Peter V | Reviewed this property |
No you cannot but they do night tours. Call the parks and recreations dept for more details.
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Clifton, New Jersey
Itinerary question (17 Replies)
So we will land in SF at 4 PM and are driving directly to our hotel in Monterey. This is our schedule so far: Day 1: Arrive in hotel around 6:30. Fresh up and get to dinner at Passion Fruit. Is there anything that can be done this late at night? Day 2: Spend the Morning at Monterrey Bay Aquarium. Then Princess Monterrey Whale watching cruise. Plan on grabbing lunch at the fisherman's wharf . What can we do once we come back? Need something until dinner time. Which we are having at il...More
April 08, 2012|
Response fromKibbles16|
Day 1: Your flight arrives at 4 PM. By the time you collect your luggage and car rental, you won't likely arrive in Monterey until 7:30 PM or later. By Passion Fruit, do you mean Passionfish in Pacific Grove? Day 2: The aquarium opens at 10 AM. It needs at least 2 hours. What time is your whale watch tour? Can you reverse this? You'll have more luck spotting whales in the AM hours and the aquarium is less crowded late afternoon (After 3 PM) Day 3: Too much lined up on this day. Skip the...More
San Francisco to Sequoia NP through CA highway-1 (14 Replies)
This is my very first post/question on tripadvisor, please bear with me. Family and I are planing a trip to enjoy the beauty of California in June. We plan to fly in San Fran June 1st very early morning, and have booked lodging in Sequoia NP for June 2nd. We have June 1st whole day/night and June 2nd morning/afternoon open. Being a landscape artist, father has expressed interests to travel through California highway 1 for its coastal views. Would it be feasible to travel through highway 1...More
February 19, 2017|
Response fromrjr0810|
The road through Big Sur is closed due to storm damage and the estimated time to repair sounds like it could go until next year. You would want to head inland around Monterey. Consider a couple of nights there or in nearby Pacific Grove or Carmel and visit Point Lobos State Park for amazing landscapes. Have a great trip!