Virtual Guidebook to Santa Cruz, Monterey, Big Sur and Central Coast
Point Sur and the Point Sur Lighthouse
on the Big Sur coast California


The lighthouse at Point Sur, completed in 1889, perches near the top of the massive rock, 270 feet (82 meters) above sea level. It is open for escorted tours.

Until opening of the coastal highway in 1937 this was an isolated spot and early keepers grew vegetables and raised livestock. Despite the light and fog signals wrecks have continued at and near Point Sur, notably the USS Macon dirigible in 1935.



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Point Sur from Highway One

(January 8, 2006)


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Beginning the ascent of Point Sur on the narrow access road

(January 8, 2006)


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Macon Corner on the Point Sur road, looking out to sea where the dirigible crashed

(January 8, 2006)


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The Point Sur access road winds around the south and west sides of the rock

(January 8, 2006)


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Approaching the lightouse on Point Sur

(January 8, 2006)


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The Point Sur Lighthouse, dating from 1889

(January 8, 2006)


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Docent-led tour at the north end of Point Sur

(January 8, 2006)


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The reconstructed water tower (cell phone antenna) on Point Sur

(January 8, 2006)


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The lighthouse keeper's house and triplex atop Point Sur

(January 8, 2006)


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Looking east from the lighthouse keeper's house on Point Sur

(January 8, 2006)


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