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About 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.

Cabrillo Hwy
Carmel, CA 93923
Park Name
Point Sur State Historic Park and Lighthouse
Other Names
Point Sur Beach
State Park
Pet Details
No dogs allowed on the property even in cars
Fees for guided lighthouse tours
Guided Tours, Photography
Map of Point Sur State Historic Park and Lighthouse
Carmel Valley Village, US
12:57 pm, July 18, 2024
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Sunset: 8:23 pm
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