Point Sur Lighthouse
Point Sur Lighthouse and its supporting buildings are a California State Historical Park which stands atop a volcanic rock just off shore in Big Sur. The lighthouse is atop 361-foot-high Point Sur Rock. The Point Sur Lighthouse location is about 19 miles south of Monterey and the Monterey Peninsula region, one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world, is a scenic drive farther south and worth the time. The lighthouse finished being built in 1889, 14 years after the steamship Ventura wrecked nearby. In 1972 the USCG automated the light with a modern aero-beacon to guide ships along the treacherous Central California Coast. Lighthouse tours and the surrounding grounds are available on varying schedules. Contact the Maritime Museum in Monterey for further details.