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 two-story main keeper's structure is sometimes considered prairie Victorian in its design, as well as considered prairie Gothic. The architect was 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 on our trolley "Lucy," 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 127 years ago.

 

Saturday October 28 and Sunday October 29, two nights only,

Murder Mystery Dinner at the Point SLO Lighthouse!

Point SLO is Hosting many scary events this October. 

Coming Up are the Murder Mystery Dinners at the Lighthouse!

Are you ready to have fun this October?

Click the link to learn more and purchase tickets!

 

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.

Hike to the Lighthouse

Join the Pecho Coast Trail Guides on a docent led hike along the Pecho Coast.

Recent Lighthouse News

Interview with Earl Farris
The Last Lampist: Featured Video
Kayak Tours Landing in Summer 2017
Point SLO is Introducing Two New ADA Compliant Programs
Marlin Stebbins gives a tour of the lighthouse before it was restored.
Living History Education Program
Hike the Pecho Coast Trail to the Lighthouse
History Video of the Point Slo 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. 

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

 

Lighthouse Station Deed Holder