Welcome to our new Point Pinos website! This is the official lighthouse site sponsored by the Heritage Society of Pacific Grove and supports the lighthouse restoration effort. We will strive to provide an informative, interesting, and accurate place for all your lighthouse needs. If you are interested in providing website material, simply email us at
We just celebrated the 157th anniversary of the lighthouse on February 1st with a potluck dinner. Managed to squeeze over thirty volunteers and their spouses into the little house! You can see our group picture on the front page of the current (Feb. 3-9) Cedar Street Times. Check out the informative article on page 2. If you come by to visit you’ll see scaffolding up to the chimneys and drop cloths on the roof. Repointing and repainting is being done on both chimneys. Also, we have scaffolding on the south dormer as it gets a much-needed fresh coat of paint. Some visitors have expressed disappointment that they can’t get a pristine photo without the scaffolding, etc. Our apologies.Inside the lighthouse fence, to the rear of the house, you can see stakes in the ground. Two sets of four stakes outline the future locations of a gift shop and a restroom. These small buildings will outwardly resemble outbuildings that existed there years ago. We are all really looking forward to the restroom and a shorter hike to "use the facilities."Enjoy the sunny winter weather. Cheers.
Dennis Tarmina and Daniel Gho presented an update on Point Pinos Lighthouse restoration to the Pacific Grove City Council on Wednesday February 15. They thanked donors and recognized volunteers in attendance. Dennis stated that progress on restoration is going well and, while there are currently funds for restoration, upcoming restoration projects, namely a restroom and a gift shop, will require additional funding. No tax dollars are being used.
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Pictures and captions on our volunteer crew's massive restoration efforts.
Tour the lighthouse five days a week, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM weekdays and weekends.
Have a question about our lighthouse? Ask away, 'cause the answers are probably here.
Point Pinos is the oldest "continuously operating" lighthouse anywhere on the Pacific. Technically, it was the second lighthouse ever built (after Alcatraz) but was never demolished or decommissioned. Although Alcatraz is slightly older, its lighthouse was demolished and later rebuilt outside the prison walls.
90 Asilomar Avenue (near Lighthouse Ave.) Pacific Grove, CA, 93950
The Point Pinos Lighthouse in Pacific Grove, California, is maintained by an all-volunteer staff of restoration experts, docents, and historians. As with all active lighthouses and aids to navigation, the actual electric light itself is maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard.