Point San Luis Lighthouse – A Central Coast Hidden Gem

Founded in 1890, the Point San Luis Light Station has served as the beacon over San Luis Bay for 127 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 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 on our trolley "Lucy," or by kayaking to Whalers Beach.

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 127 years ago.


Lighthouse Tours

Take a classic trolley back in time to the historical Point San Luis Lighthouse park in Avila Beach, CA for a docent-led interpretive tour.

Weddings & Events

Our private beach bluff is the perfect backdrop for an intimate wedding ceremony while our event center offers the perfect setting for all private events.

Supporting the Lighthouse

Learn more about how you can help support the Point SLO Lighthouse.


Recent Lighthouse News

Victorian Mother's Day Tea
Point SLO is Introducing Two New ADA Compliant Programs
Take a Tour of Point SLO with Marlin Stebbins!
Living History Education Program
Hike the Pecho Coast Trail to the Lighthouse
Point San Luis Lighthouse Video

Community Partners

Contact Us

Feel free to email lighthouse staff at PointSLOPrograms@gmail.com or call (805) 540-5771.


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