Tour the Lighthouse

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Trolley Tour

Join us for our twice weekly tours to the beautifully restored Light Station and take a step back in time to learn about an important period in California history. Our tours are docent led and are a fun experience for the whole family!

We currently offer tours on Wednesdays at noon and 1 pm and on Saturdays at noon, 1pm, and 2pm. Tours are year round.

To take the tour, please purchase tickets at the bottom of this page. Guests need to board our trolley in order to visit the lighthouse. The trolley is located at Wild Cherry Canyon parking area.

Tours are one and a half hour.

Please make note, the only way to visit the lighthouse is with the trolley, with the Pecho Coast trailguides on a guided hike, or you can kayak out to Lighthouse Beach and walk up. There is no vehicle access for the general public, nor are there tours offered on days other than Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Scroll down to purchase tickets online and to get directions to the parking area



Hike to the Lighthouse

The Pecho Coast Trail is a scenic docent led hike that leaves from Port Harford in Avila Bay every Wednesday and Saturday morning. The hike is led by the Pecho Coast Trail Guides.

The hike is considered moderate and takes a little more than one hour to complete. Comfortable shoes, a water bottle, and sunscreen are encouraged. Hikers who have signed up should meet at Port Harford at 8:30 am, with the hike leaving at 9:00 am. Once at the lighthouse hikers have the opportunity to take a tour for $5.

For more information and to sign up, please visit:

Directions to Board the Trolley

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The lighthouse parking lot is at the entrance to “Wild Cherry Canyon”, across from Port San Luis Beach/Dog Beach. Take Avila Beach Drive and continue past the town of Avila Beach and over the bridge towards Port San Luis Harbor and Harford Pier. Wild Cherry Canyon is about ½ mile after the bridge. Look for the “Tour Parking” banner at the parking lot entrance. If you are using GPS or Google Maps enter “Avila Beach CA” or “Port San Luis.” 

Please arrive fifteen minutes before your tour time. The trolley will leave on the hour.

Please make note that the lighthouse is committed to being a smoke free environment. Smoking is strictly prohibited on the property.

Please do not stop on the track where the gate closes. The Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers are not responsible for any vehicle damage caused by drivers stopping on the gate track. Form a line upon arrival, do not try and drive past other cars, and wait until you have checked in with the gate attendant.