Description - Point Sur State Historic Park with an active US Coast Guard light station, sits 361 feet above the surf on a large volcanic rock.
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Ocean view from Point Sur State Historic Park
- Point Sur State Historic Park with an active US Coast Guard lightstation, sits 361 feet above the surf on a large volcanic rock. The facilities were established for the safety of seagoing vessels moving up and down the Big Sur coast. First lit on August 1, 1889, it has remained in continuous operation. Four lighthouse keepers and their families lived at the site until 1974 when the light station was automated. Point Sur has been a navigational landmark throughout history and the nearby coastline has been the site of several renowned shipwrecks, most notably the US Navy Dirigible MACON in 1935.
Point Sur is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a California State Historic Landmark. today, the buildings are being restored as a complete turn-of-the-century (1889 - 1929) lightstation.
Recreation - Tours of the facilities are available on weekends year-round and on Wednesday, seasonally.
Climate - Climate in the Central Coast varies greatly with elevation and the amount of coastal influence. Areas with more coastal influence experience moderate temperatures year round with fog likely from June through mid-August. Plan your coastal visit in the late summer or fall to ensure the best conditions for viewing the scenery. Also, occasional clear days between winter and spring storms are incomparable. Areas further inland experience greater temperature extremes, with relatively cooler winters and hot summers. Inland areas often receive frost on winter nights. As throughout most of California most of the precipitation comes in the winter months, with April through October normally very dry.
The park is located 15 miles south of Carmel along Highway One.