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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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Wonderful Walk

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Piedras Point Lighthouse. The actual lighthouse is just a part of the 2 hour walk around the grounds with a docent explaining all of the flora... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Jeffrey N
Oxnard, California
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Oxnard, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Piedras Point Lighthouse. The actual lighthouse is just a part of the 2 hour walk around the grounds with a docent explaining all of the flora and wildlife. Also some interesting buildings and of course, the lighthouse. The tour meets up at a deserted motel just up the road from the lighthouse. From there... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staging for visiting this attraction was time consuming. It's just your average historic type location, but the visit is highly regulated which makes it a bother. We had the time so we did it, but we're not lighthouse buffs, so...

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Urbana, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Turns out you can't just show up here and look around. Everything is blocked off, and they don't even let you park by the road. You must arrange for the tour, I suppose, which meets at a specific time in the morning at an abandoned motel a mile or so north. We gave up, because we had missed the 9:45... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

We met the docents at 9:45 am at the Piedras Blancas Motel located 1.5 miles north of the light station on Highway 1. The fee of $10 per person was paid to the docents. Using our own vehicle, we followed the docents to the light station. We were greeted by Paul, our tour guide. He was very friendly and knowledgeable... More 

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Larkspur, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

This lighthouse was a must see on the list, however, it was not open at 9am on a Sunday when I visited, so just had to admire it from the road and the nearby hiking trails by the elephant seal habitat to the south. Look at their website before visiting as it says they do tours (only a few days... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

First, you meet the docents at the Motel 1.5 miles north of the lighthouse on Hwy 1 at 9:45 (don't be late!). You pay there and then caravan (in your own car) back south to the lighthouse entrance. During the two hour tour you see the inside of the lighthouse for maybe 15 minutes. The rest of the tour is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

The Kid liked the sea lions up close, instead of watching them on a screen!!! It's perfect to do on the way to Heart'sCastle.

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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016

This is an easy-walking, fun tour of a historical lighthouse on BLM property. You meet up with your guide and other guests off-site at deserted motel (sounds creepy but it isn't!). There you pay $10p/p for the tour, and then drive your car back down the highway to the lighthouse property. Tours are 2 hours in length and given by... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016

We were staying in Cambria and had already decided to do Hearst Castle and elephant seals. This is only a couple of miles. Good to see how the land is being brought back to original state and the history of the lighthouse.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

The 2 hour tour of the lighthouse was well worth the $10 of which 100% is used to maintain the lighthouse. This is perfect for anyone into lighthouses, history, natural plant and wildlife, and gorgeous views of the coast. The tour guides are extremely knowledgable and it is obvious they care about the future of the lighthouse. It is an... More 

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