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Point Sur State Historic Park and Lighthouse

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Restaurants

  • Nepenthe
  • Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn
  • Big Sur Bakery
  • Deetjen's Restaurant
  • Big Sur Deli
  • The Restaurant at Ventana
  • Big Sur Lodge
  • Fernwood Bar & Grill
  • Big Sur Roadhouse
  • Ripplewood Resort
  • Restaurant at River Inn Big Sur

Point Sur State Historic Park and Lighthouse in Carmel, California

The Point Sur Lighthouse on the Big Sur coast sits high up on a large volcanic rock dome looking down on a long sandy beach. The beach at Point Sur is unfortunately off-limits to the public from the lighthouse and is even signed “No Trespassing” from the fence at the highway. Cows from the El Sur Ranch roam the land between Highway 1 and the beach dunes. This beach has been proposed for acquisition by the state, but it hasn’t happened yet. The lighthouse can only be visited with a guide, but luckily the guided walking tours are frequent and inexpensive. Each tour is three hours and requires a short but steep walk up the paved road from the bottom to the top of the rock. See the Point Sur Lighthouse volunteer website to learn more about this opportunity and to see the tour schedule. The lighthouse road gate is just north of the decommissioned Naval Facility Point Sur. Just south of here is Andrew Molera State Park which has many hiking trails and an excellent beach. The next public beach to the north is Garrapata State Park which is a 10 mile drive.

Address
Cabrillo Hwy
Carmel, CA 93923
Park Name
Point Sur State Historic Park and Lighthouse
Owner
State Park
Other Names
Point Sur Beach
Activities
Guided Tours, Photography
Amenities
Lighthouse
Pet Policy
No dogs allowed on the property even in cars
Fees
Fees for guided lighthouse tours

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