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Address: Lighthouse Rd, Avila Beach, CA 93424
Phone Number: +1 805-540-5771
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Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Point San Luis Lighthouse is a fully restored national landmark with tours...

Point San Luis Lighthouse is a fully restored national landmark with tours open to the public Wednesdays (12 & 1pm) & Saturdays 12, 1, & 2). The site offers private group tours, educational trips for schools, special events, and weddings. The Pecho Coast Trail is a trail hike that leads to the Lighthouse. Point San Luis is a non-profit charity and all tours go to support ongoing restoration, education, and conservation programs.

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Historical but interesting view of the past

Take a ride on the high side. From when you board the bus you will get a view that only people that do this trip gets to see. See the view better on the drivers side as you ride... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Take a ride on the high side. From when you board the bus you will get a view that only people that do this trip gets to see. See the view better on the drivers side as you ride the bus to the Lighthouse. I went in march and the bumming flora can be great. The popies were there and... More 

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Central California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved touring this lighthouse. Great tour with interesting info about lighthouse life. Beautiful lamp. Took the trolley - set up reservation online - easy. Also enjoyed swinging on the swing. We actually visited in 2014.

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Thank CAorange
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well hidden gem. Trips leave Wednesday and Saturday at 12, 1, and 2. $20 per person. Easy to reserve space online. Wonderful views as tram climbs mountain on beach side. Cost of trip goes toward worthy cause of upkeep and renovation of lighthouse site, Docents take visitors on small groups of 5-6 people. Well informed and enthusiastic docents. Farm house... More 

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Suisun City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Well conducted lighthouse tour. winding road to get ther with fantastic views of area. Special treat! we got to see tons of whales playing

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Alameda, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is the first time we visited Point Saint Luis Lighthouse. We did the trolley tour- cost $20/person but well worth the price. We were met at the parking lot gate by a very friendly docent who directed us where to park. Paul was our trolley driver & tour guide up to the Lighthouse. We were so fortunate to have... More 

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Agoura, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

While staying in Avila, wie got tickets online for the Trolley tout to the SAN Luis Lighthouse. The trolley left right on time and our driver(a reltired fireman)!was informative and fun, it was a beautiful October day. Kathy, out docent was fabulous. She knew her information and you felt her passion regarding the lighthouse. There are lots of steps so... More 

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Reno, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

The Trolley ride winding up and down to the Lighthouse provided awesome views of the ocean and the piers. The driver was very informative about the area. The docent we had at the Lighthouse (John, I believe) was excellent and you could tell he enjoyed giving the tour. He was very informative as well. We have visited Point San Luis... More 

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We booked online the day before and were fortunate to get a couple of spots on the Wednesday, 1:00 pm tour. Weekends and the high tourist season might require more advanced reservations. We met the trolley as directed and took a drive up a long winding one-way road that offered stunning views of San Luis Bay. When we arrived at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

This is a very interesting lighthouse tour led by well-informed docents. Tours are twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday. There are two ways to visit: You can hike on a docent led tour (which is what we did) or take the trolley. The website also says you can kayak in, which would be fun, but you need to bring... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

This is a beautifully restored lighthouse run by a non-profit. You take a trolley car up to the lighthouse and have spectacular views (on a clear day) all the way up and back. The docents are extremely knowledgeable. I was unaware of the shipping port history or the ship that was sunk there by the Japanese during WWII so it... More 

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