Pigeon Point Lighthouse
It’s such a scenic drive and one stop I highly recommend is a visit to Pigeon Point Lighthouse! The charming New England style lighthouse sits right along California’s beautiful Highway 1 route.
Here’s everything you need to know about visiting Pigeon Point.
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Built in 1872
Height: 115 feet
Address: 210 Pigeon Point Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060
Stay here at the On-Site Hostel
Pacific Coast Highway Stops
I recommend starting your Pacific Coast Highway road trip in San Francisco and driving south to Los Angeles. Not only is this the most popular section, it’s also chock full of incredibly beautiful landscapes and cute coastal towns.
If you can, don’t rush your itinerary.
Build in a leisurely first day so that you tackle a couple short stops on the drive from San Francisco to the Monterey Peninsula.
Every ~30 minutes or so south of SF there are some beautiful spots to pull over right off the highway.
For example, in there are the surfers at Pacifica, this adorable lighthouse at Pigeon Point, kite surfers at Waddell and the boardwalk at Santa Cruz, all right along the main road to Carmel.Read more: The Best 1 Week Road Trip on the PCH (Itinerary)
Visiting Pigeon Point Lighthouse
Pigeon Point Lighthouse is right off Highway 1, so it’s easy to squeeze in a quick trip to the lighthouse.
Even better, the lighthouse has a small parking lot literally off the main road.
Although it’s small (about 20 spaces or so), the lighthouse is just a quick pit stop for most visitors so you should be able to grab a space as people come and go!
About the Lighthouse
Pigeon Point was built in 1872 atop a rocky cliff.
It’s quite windy here, with some pretty strong waves that crash along the rocks, so as you walk around the grounds you can see why the lighthouse was built!
The lighthouse has slowly fallen apart over time. While it’s still operational, it’s mainly used as a navigational aid for the US Coast Guard during training.Read more: How to Plan the Perfect Pacific Coast Highway Road Trip
The lighthouse itself is closed off, so you can’t actually climb the tower.
There’s a large white gate enclosing the entire perimeter as the lighthouse is slowly crumbling.
Recently, the state of California decided to restore Pigeon Point and they’re currently soliciting funds for repair, so hopefully in the future you’ll actually be able to go inside!
When you visit, there’s a wooden deck to view the coastline as well as a small building in the back that houses the lighthouse lens.
Head around back to learn about the lighthouse’s history and see the Fresnel lens up close.
There’s also another viewing platform hidden behind the lighthouse! Take the stairs down to the lookout for a great view of the ocean and coastline below.Read more: Everything You Should Know Before Planning a Coastal California Road Trip
Staying at Pigeon Point
One of the unique things about Pigeon Point Lighthouse is that you can actually stay on the grounds!
The old light keeper grounds have been modernized and converted into a hostel, which you can book here.
Accommodation is no frills but inexpensive and it’s pretty unique to be able to stay at the base of a lighthouse!
Nearby, there are lots of great places to explore, like Pacifica, Davenport and Ano Nuevo State Park (famous for its elephant seals).
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