Applications are now being accepted for two open Board of Directors positions.  Elections will be held at our November 2020 Board of Directors Meeting.

Please contact Executive Director, Deb Foughty, 805-540-5771

Gift Shop Now Available Online

Visit our online shop here  

Tours are Suspended Until Further Notice.

Please make note, the property is not accessible to the general public outside of tour days.

Regular Tour Tickets here.  

Celebrate our 130th Anniversary in 2020!

As part of our 130th we are hosting a series of special events this Summer and Fall

Paint n Sip on June 19, 2021    Patriot Cruise of San Luis Bay on July 18, 2021

 Sunset Photo Shoot on  March 19, 2021   Yoga at the Lighthouse on May 29, 2021

Pechos Coast Trail Plant Life Hike on February 21, 2021*

Point San Luis Lighthouse - Avila Beach, California

Founded in 1890, the Point San Luis Light Station has served as the beacon over San Luis Bay for 130 years. From it induction under the United States Lighthouse Board, then the Lighthouse Service, and lastly as being under the auspice of the U.S. Coast Guard, the Point SLO Light Station has had a varied and exciting past.

The two-story main keeper's structure is considered Victorian in its design. The architect is believed to be Paul J. Pelz who designed many lighthouses in the late 1800's. There were two other identical lighthouses in California, one at Table Bluff near Humboldt and the other at Ballast Point near San Diego. Of the three, Point SLO is the only remaining lighthouse of its design.

The Coast Guard still maintains a light at the station, an active Vega VLB 44-2.5 light, which blinks one second on/four seconds off, every night, and is visible up to 17 miles away. The rest of the station is operated as a historic site open to visitors who can reach the property by riding on our van, by hiking with the Pecho Coast Trail Guides, or by kayaking to Whalers Beach. The park is open from sunup to sundown.

In 1991 the Point San Luis Lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places #91001093, and in 1995 the Lighthouse Keepers was founded, a 501(c)3 non-profit. The keepers look after the maintenance of the station, and oversee achieving the goal of the site--to share its valuable history with visitors and locals alike. The lighthouse is able to operate as a destination historic site thanks to the participation of PG&E and the Port San Luis Harbor Commission.

Come visit the lighthouse and experience what it was like to live 130 years ago.

Weddings & Events

Lighthouse Tours

Hike to the Lighthouse

Lighthouse News

Short Introduction to the Point SLO Lighthouse
History Video of the Point SLO Lighthouse
Point SLO Announces Partnership with SLO Safe Ride!
Huell Howser Visits St. George Reef Lighthouse in NorCal.
Meet Carlo D'Oriano, the last of the Lighthouse Keepers.
Murder Mystery Dinner Information Page
Point SLO Lighthouse featured in iFixit article!
Concert Series Information Page
Short film showing Abandoned Western Harbour Light Station, Edinburgh Scotland
Avila Beach History Tour! Learn everything there is to know about Avila Beach History!
Take a trip to see Eddystone Lighthouse
Sambro Island Lighthouse interview with Chris Mills
Interview with Earl Farris
The Last Lampist: Featured Video
Kayak Tours Landing in Summer 2017
Point SLO is Introducing Two New Disability Access Programs!
Marlin Stebbins gives a tour of the lighthouse before it was restored.
Youth Field Trip Program
Hike the Pecho Coast Trail to the Lighthouse

Community Partners

Lighthouse Grounds Regulations

Pets are not permitted on tours. The only animals permitted on the tours or in the buildings are service animals. Prior notice must be given to Lighthouse staff if you are planning on bringing a service animal.

Photography and flash photography are permitted on tours, however tripods and video are not. Guests who arrive with video cameras will be instructed to leave them in their cars.

We ask that guests leave food and beverages in their cars. Water and light snacks are permitted.

Due to the property being next to Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Drones are strictly forbidden.


Have questions or concerns? Feel free to email lighthouse staff at or call (805) 540-5771.