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Point Pinos Lighthouse
Point Pinos Lighthouse

Point Pinos Lighthouse

80 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA

The Basics

The Point Pinos Lighthouse is a perfect stop when you cruise the famous 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach, take a coastal ride to Monterey and Pacific Grove, or explore California's historic Highway One. To get more out of your trip, combine a visit to the Point Pinos Lighthouse with a regional tour, such as a sea car tour with GPS navigation. It's a great way to see more of the coast in less time.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Photographers should not miss the panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean from Point Pinos Lighthouse.

  • History enthusiasts appreciate the lighthouse's maritime history—it's listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Bring an outer layer, since even with the sun shining, coastal winds tend to be chilly.

  • You pay a small fee to visit the lighthouse, but the money goes to a worthy cause—restoring the facility.

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How to Get There

Find the Point Pinos Lighthouse in the seaside city of Pacific Grove, a short drive from Highway One, off exit 399A. Drivers should follow Highway 68 to Lighthouse Avenue—take a right onto Asilomar Avenue and find the lighthouse just ahead, on the left. Another option for adventurous travelers is to book an e-bike tour. These tours often ride along the 17-Mile Drive, and stop for views at Point Pinos Lighthouse.

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When to Get There

The Point Pinos Lighthouse is open year-round, Thursday to Monday, in mid-afternoon. It's closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and major holidays. Plan to visit between April and May, or September and October; in these off-peak months, you avoid summer crowds and experience sunny spring and fall weather.

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Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium

A short drive from the Point Pinos Lighthouse is the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. This family-friendly attraction is packed with diverse ocean life, including jellyfish, sharks, and the ever-popular penguins. Highlights include the wave crash exhibit—complete with walk-through tunnel—and the 360-degree deep sea exploration video. The aquarium is open daily, except on Christmas.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Point Pinos Lighthouse ?
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