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Point Sur State Historic Park

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Address: Hwy. 1, Big Sur, CA 93940
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+1 831-625-4419

This historic lighthouse located around Point Sur is now a state park.

This historic lighthouse located around Point Sur is now a state park.

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Third time! We enjoy introducing others to this great lighthouse/history tour.

Point Sur lighthouse is located on a huge rock located on the Pacific Ocean just about 45 minutes south of Carmel and just a little north of Big Sur. Coming from Carmel, you come... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2016
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115 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 May 2016

Point Sur lighthouse is located on a huge rock located on the Pacific Ocean just about 45 minutes south of Carmel and just a little north of Big Sur. Coming from Carmel, you come around a curve on Hwy 1 and get your first glimpse of the rock and of the lighthouse beacon. Tours are led twice a day in... More 

1 Thank calsand
Fulton, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2016

they only have tours a few times per week so plan ahead and arrive early as they only take the 1st 40 people. the tour is 3 hours and walks you up the hill to the lighthouse and other buildings. I might add that it is quite a steep hill so wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers as it... More 

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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2016

It was a real treat being able to go to the Lighthouse. The tours are limited in time and the amount of people. The tours are run by volunteers who do a wonderful job. It is a walking tour up the side Point Sur to the lighthouse and structures at the top. Lots of history!

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West Yorkshire
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80 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2016

This is a great 3 hour tour of the lighthouse and associated buildings but it does get windy on the rock so wrap up even on a warm sunny day. We found the meeting point but there was some confusion about who was there first (max 40 admitted per tour) - we would advise you to park on the right... More 

2 Thank AliSheph
Stockholm, Sweden
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368 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 302 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2016

One of the most memorable drives of our lives. Great family adventure which continues on and on with each turn producing unrepresented beautiful vista's

Thank Mark O
Rohnert Park, California
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 February 2016

It can be cold and blustery and it is a steep hike, but the lighthouse is worth it. I've walked up it a couple of times and done it with kids so not too bad. Stay away from the edge dammit!

Thank jeanmreed
Bremerton, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2016

I enjoyed Big Sur back in the past. But, then, I am from the past. The beach is pretty to see but colder than Southern California or Mexico and a bit rockier for sailing. But, the fact that there are places to stay so you can walk around is great! Just taking a picture out the car window as you... More 

1 Thank dorobo123
Santa Barbara, California
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30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2016

Sitting on a tall rock formation is one of the original light houses along the California Central Coast. Recently refurbished to its historical form, the light house and related buildings are a marvel. The spot is among the most beautiful in the Big Sur area. The climb to the top is manageable. The guides are first rate and extremely knowledgeable.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 265 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2016 via mobile

The lighthouse sure is in a neat setting standing tall on a rather large boulder/small mountain, with grazing cows in the foreground and the Pacific Oceans waves in the background. There surely are amazing views in the area!! This area was the first time I ever saw a double rainbow over the ocean. Quite beautiful! No question it's worth a... More 

Thank Tigerman777
Denton, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2016

We stopped along Highway 1 several times, both southbound and northbound, to take photos of the lighthouse and the coastline here. Fascinating and awe inspiring!

Thank jayares2015

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