Point Sur Lighthouse

Point Sur Lighthouse, a California State Historic Park on the National Register of Historic Places, sits on a volcanic rock 361 feet above the Pacific Ocean. Erected in 1889, this Big Sur lighthouse has stayed in continuous operation since, and is the only complete lighthouse of its era open to the public in California.

A very popular Big Sur attraction, Point Sur Lighthouse is a unique part of California history and can be seen on scheduled guided tours.

Walking Tours

Walking tours of Point Sur Lighthouse are held year-round on Wednesdays and weekends. Tours are $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-17, and free for children age 5 and under. Tours are first come, first served, and this is one of the most popular Big Sur attractions, so make sure to arrive early!

From November to March, tours are at 10am on weekends, and 1pm on Wednesdays. From April to October, tours are held Saturdays and Sundays at 10am, Saturdays at 2pm, and Wednesdays at 1pm. Tours of Point Sur Lighthouse are also held on Thursdays in July and August, at 10am.

See this Big Sur lighthouse by night! Point Sur Lighthouse has moonlight tours on 11 days between April and October. Check the Point Sur Lighthouse website for a schedule. Tours are $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-17, and free for children age 5 and under.

Whale watch tours are also held during the winter.

The walk to Point Sur Lighthouse is a half-mile, with a 360-foot rise in elevation and two stairways between 40 and 60 steps high. Call 831-625-4419 for tour information, or refer to the Point Sur website for a tour schedule.

Other Monterey County Lighthouses

If you're a fan of historic lighthouses, don't miss Point Pinos Lighthouse, just 27 miles north in Pacific Grove.


From Rio Road in Carmel, drive 19 miles south on Route 1. From points south, drive 1/4 mile north of the Point Sur Naval Facility. You will see Big Sur's lighthouse just off the coast.

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