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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
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
Map of Point San Luis Lighthouse
Avila Beach, US
8:07 pm, May 19, 2024
temperature icon 56°F
L: 52° H: 57°
Feels like 54.55 °F overcast clouds
Wind gusts: 6 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:56 am
Sunset: 8:03 pm
Humidity 79 %
Pressure1016 mb
Wind 6 m/s

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