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Piedras Blancas Light Station

Piedras Blancas Light Station Review

If you think traversing craggy, twisting Highway 1 is tough, imagine trying to navigate a boat up the rocky coastline (piedras blancas means "white rocks" in Spanish) near San Simeon before lighthouses were built. Captains must have cheered wildly when the beam began to shine here in 1875. Try to time a visit to include a morning tour (reservations not required). Do not meet at the gate to the lighthouse—you'll miss the tour. Meet your guide instead at the former Piedras Blancas Motel, a mile and a half north of the light station.

    Contact Information

  • Address: San Simeon, CA
  • Phone: 805/927–7361
  • Cost: $10
  • Hours: Tours at 9:45, mid-June–Aug. Mon–Sat.; Sept.–mid-June Tues., Thurs., and Sat.; no tours on national holidays
  • Website:
  • Location: San Simeon
Updated: 03-14-2013

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