About Point San Luis Lighthouse in Avila Beach, California
Point San Luis Lighthouse has a small cove beach on the harbor side of the rocky breakwater that protects Port San Luis Harbor in Avila Beach, CA. The reason to come out to this spot is for the lighthouse, however, and not this little beach. It was built in 1890 and has since been restored to it’s historic glory. There are tours to the lighthouse by van from Avila Beach (tours must be reserved through the Lighthouse Keepers – $25 for adults and $20 for kids). You can also get to the lighthouse on foot by docent led hikes (see the PG&E website for details on the Pecho Coast Trail). Another way to get to the lighthouse is by sea kayak or stand-up paddleboard (contact Avila Beach Paddlesports). This final option actually takes you to Lighthouse Beach where a stairway and a paved path leads up to the lighthouse for a guided tour. If you rent kayaks or SUPs on your own, or have a small boat, you can probably land here to enjoy the beach, but the lighthouse is off-limits without a guide. The lighthouse parking lot is at Wild Cherry Canyon and Avila Beach Drive, but you need reservations before parking for a van tour. See a map of all California Lighthouses.
- Wild Cherry Canyon and Avila Beach Dr
Avila Beach, CA 93424
- Park Name
- Point San Luis Light Station Park
- Other Names
- Pecho Coast
- Lighthouse Non-Profit
- Pet Details
- No dogs allowed on the beach
- Fees for van tours and to enter lighthouse if you hiked here
- Lighthouse Tours, Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Hiking
- Lighthouse, Trails, No Facilities
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