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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Joanne Y
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Urbana, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Cello12345
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

1 Thank Joanne Y
Larkspur, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank Oceandweller7
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4 of 5 stars 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 

2 Thank zoofamily
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4 of 5 stars 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.

Thank Victor C
Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 stars 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars 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.

Thank intelligentgirls
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4 of 5 stars 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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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

I was looking for an easy day trip activity for my husband and me. What a find! I have been living in the Central Coast area for 10 years and didn't know about this tour. I would definitely recommend it. We learned so much about the local wildlife, vegetation, and, of course, the lighthouse. The scenery is so beautiful, even... More 

Thank TrueBornUnicorn
Cambria, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

Found this tour on tripadvisor. The cost is $10 per person. You meet at the former Piedras Blancas motel which is 1.5 miles north. Here they collect your fees and give you a group number. You then get back in your car and caravan to the light house. Here you drive on a dirt road and park and meet your... More 

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