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Point San Luis Lighthouse

Wild Cherry Canyon and Avila Beach Drive
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Phone: (855) 533-7843

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What: Historic Point San Luis Lighthouse
When: Tours are weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays
Reservation Needed: Yes, contact the Lighthouse Keepers at (855) 533-7843 to make arrangements. Thank you.

Stewardship Travel along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route in coastal San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL) engages visitors in over 50 bite-size activities and contribution opportunities. Stewardship Travel adds meaning and fun while immersing visitors deeply in the natural and cultural heritage experiences that California’s unique Central Coast has to offer.

Founded in 1890, the Point San Luis Light Station has remained the beacon over San Luis Bay and saved many lives for 128 years. The two-story main light keeper's structure is considered prairie Victorian or prairie Gothic in its design. The architect Paul J. Pelz designed many lighthouses in the late 1800's up and down the pacific coast. There were two other identical lighthouses in California, one at Table Bluff near Humboldt and the other at Ballast Point near San Diego. Of the three, Point SLO is the only remaining lighthouse of its design.

Still maintained as an active light station by the U.S. Coast Guard, its light blinks one second on/four seconds off, every night, and is visible up to 17 miles away. The station is operated as a historic site open to visitors who can reach the property on a quaint trolley named "Lucy," or by hiking with the Pecho Coast Trail Guides, or by a short kayak from Whalers Beach.

Gain a deeper connection on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.
This activity selection includes:
*A learning activity and/or outing
*An educational center
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers

Thank you for being a Stewardship Traveler along the Highway 1 Discovery Route.

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