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“Lighthouse tour is great” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Point Sur State Historic Park

Point Sur State Historic Park
Ranked #8 of 32 things to do in Big Sur
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Owner description: This historic lighthouse located around Point Sur is now a state park.
Huntsville, Alabama
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“Lighthouse tour is great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2010

Beautiful scenery. Need to plan this ahead of time, as it is a guide-only tour. Look at the website pointsur.org to get the tour times.
It took about 3 hours, and there is a walk up the paved road to the top of the rock/lighthouse. It is nice to hear the history, and imagine families living up on the rock year round. Stories like how they got supplies, how they kept the lighthouse working, etc. Also the walking pace seemed fine to us - after walking up for a while, we would stop and look and the scenery, listen to the guide, take pictures and then continue again. There is a gift shop at the top, and there are neat things to see there. Some of the buildings are getting renovated and so we could only look from the outside, so will have to do this again to see inside. This was an informative, and scenic tour. Definitely recommend!

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“Light Station Tour, high up overlooking the ocean/coast, exclusive and special”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2008

We happened upon this light station on our drive from Monterey to Big Sur on a Friday. During the winter season, the tour is offered at 10am and 2pm on Saturdays and at 10am on Sundays. Starting in April they also offer the tour on Wednesday and as the summer progresses they offer the tour on Thursdays as well as a Moonlight tour once a month.

We came back on Saturday and we're happy we did. There were 20 people on the tour - and 2 tour guides split the group. They allow a maximum of 40 people on the tour. The volunteer tour guides were extremely knowledgable and professional - the tour was great and we learned so much. One would never guess by just speeding past the odd yet majestic looking "rock"/point with buildings and lighthouse, overlooking the water fenced off from public access, that there was such an interesting history behind this station. It was windy - but it also was March, so we expected it. The views were breathtaking - it was well worth the 3 hours of our time on that Saturday.

The tour is now $8 and there is a place to buy souvenirs at the top. As of March 2008, the light keeper's house was closed as they were renovating it - attempting to get the house back to the condition it was in in the 1920s (or that was the plan at this time according to the tour guide). The other light keeper's house was open, but undergoing renovations. The barn had been renovated - and the light house is still operating (by the US Coast Guard) but the original Fresnel lens is actually in Monterey at their historic musuem near Fisherman's Wharf.

If you have 3 hours to spend - it is well worth it to see a little piece if history. Even if you aren't into history or light stations/houses, the walk and views of the coast and the feeling of looking over the cliff's edge along several points of the tour with hundreds of feet to the ocean below was worth the tour alone.

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“it's awsome place but...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2005

we went to Pt.Sur on last weekend. We waited for about 45min for the tour. In a way it was worth waiting coz the ocean front of Pt Sur and light house are amazing BUT tour duration was too long (FULL 3 HRS). It was very windy all the way. One can not leave in between, he/she got to complete 3 hrs unless/untill some emergency come up. Tour guides to talk to each other as if they're meeting for the first time and this is their first tour of PtSur. Every now and then they remind you that they need money and they do accept donations. They make you stop at visitor center even if there is no one from your group buying/watching anything there.. this is just to complete 3 hr tour. Only view from that hill top is good, otherwise rooms are pretty much like any rural motel rooms, nothing special or antique about it. Light house is there but lense is not there which is the key element of any light house. Just one plus point and many negative... Also good view is also there on many vista points just few miles south of Pt Sur...

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“The neatest tour you can take in Big Sur”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2004

It's definetly worth the half hour to one hour wait for this tour, as there are no reservations. On a spit of land on the Big Sur coast, this walking tour is a step back in time, and provides beautiful coastal views of Big Sur that you can't find anywhere else. Best 3 hours you'll spend in Big Sur.

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“living on "The Rock"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2003

In 1966 my husband was in the coast guard and we were stationed in housing on the rock. Living in the stone buildings and walking to and from the lighthouse each day were part of it. The wall in the housing were 3 ft. thick to cut down on the wind that blows constant, and the fog horn that blows more than half of the time. An experience of a life time and we loved it. Wish I could just go up there and renew memories.

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