Tour the Lighthouse

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Trolley Tour

Join us for our 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 a fun experience for the whole family!

We currently offer tours on Wednesdays & Saturdays all year long. To arrange a private group tour please call our office at: (805) 540-5771.

To take the tour, visitors must arrive at Wild Cherry Canyon parking area fifteen minutes before the tour time. The trolley will load shortly before departure, and take guests out to the lighthouse. Wild Cherry Canyon is located between Avila Beach and Port San Luis, Keep an eye out for the large Lighthouse posters. Tours are one and a half hour. So if you take the noon tour, expect to be back at Wild Cherry Canyon around 1:30 pm.

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“Best kept secret on the Central Coast. If you are looking for something new and unique to do consider a tour of the Point San Luis Lighthouse. It felt like you’ve traveled back in time. A must do for tourists and locals alike!” ~ Andy Taylor, CA


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.

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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.