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Point Sur Lighthouse

Point Sur Lighthouse began operating on August 1st 1889, and still operates today. Tours of the lighthouse and island are available. These tours, particularly the moonlight tours, give you a feeling of what it was like to live in one of the remotest places on California’s Central Coast in 1889, the Point Sur Lighthouse.  

Point Sur Lighthouse north of San Simeonon on Highway OneThe Point Sur Lighthouse is located on a rocky outcrop north of San Simeon on the Central Coast. The lighthouse and dwellings can be seen from Highway One. The completion of Highway One in 1937 brought the lighthouse closer to civilization; before that, Point Sur Lighthouse was a very remote place. 


The four keepers at Point Sur Lighthouse lived on the rock and manned the lighthouse and fog signal 24 hours per day. A horse and wagon was used to get mail and some supplies from Pfeiffer’s Resort (now known as Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park). Every four months a ship would anchor south of the lighthouse, and supplies such as animal feed, coal, and firewood would be brought onto the rock by boat, cargo net, and a steam-driven engine. Some food was brought in on these visits, but the families of the Point Sur Lighthouse needed to be self-sufficient and were provided with an area for growing their own fresh vegetables.Point Sur Lighthouse is the main building, amongst a collection of buildings on the island 

There have been many shipwrecks off the coast at Big Sur, but the Point Sur Lighthouse has played a part in reducing the number of lives lost at sea along this stretch of Big Sur. 

Point Sur Lighthouse is currently being restored, and details of the tours are shown below. However, you should call ahead or check the Point Sur Lighthouse web site for the latest information.

Photographs of Point Sur Lighhouse are used with permission from Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers. For more information on Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers and Central Coast Lighthouses, click here.

Where you go Point Sur Lighthouse tours begin along the west side of Highway One at the farm gate, 1/4 mile north of the Pt. Sur Naval Facility. This tour is on a First come, First Served basis and there are no reservations accepted.

What you do The tour is a three hour walking tour on paved road, lead by a volunteer. You will walk approximately a mile on the tour, there is a rise in elevation of 360 feet and there are two stairways on the tour of 40-50 steps each.

When to go Year Round:
                     Saturdays: 10AM and 2 PM
                     Sundays: 10AM

                     Summer Schedule:
                     Wednesdays: 10 AM and 2 PM  (April through October)
                     Thursdays: 10 AM (July and August)

                      Moonlight tours are scheduled throughout the year on Moonlit nights.

Before you go Check with the Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers for important information regarding, clothing, accessibility and other essential information for the tour of Point Sur Lighthouse.

If you like Point Sur Lighthouse, you will love the natural beauty of Big Sur.

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