Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

Sunset on the coast at Pigeon Point Lighthouse

After an ocean tour in the Monterey Bay we made our way up the coast on California’s highway 1 for our stay in Half Moon Bay. Watching the waves crash into the rugged cliffs along the winding coast was spectacular. Arriving at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse at sunset was the frosting on the cake!  Perched on a cliff and flanked by rolling meadows the lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse in America. At 115 feet tall it has been guiding mariners since it was first lit at sunset on November 15th of 1872. It is without a doubt a must see when exploring the California coast. This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read the full disclosure policy.

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

The coastal areas surrounding Pigeon Point Lighthouse are rich with life. Marine mammals, such as seals and whales, can be seen regularly from shore as they pass by beyond the surf. All of which we saw on our ocean tour that day. See more our California adventures in Pebble Beach and Big Sur. Are you planning a Trip? I use Travel Velocity and Trip Advisor to find the best rates for hotel, car, and airline tickets.

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    Oh yeah, Pigeon Point lighthouse is wonderful in twilight.

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      Isn’t it, I wish the light houses were still in working in order. How amazing that most have been to see the light stretch across the ocean.

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    Beautiful photography of the lovely lighthouse ~ very creative work ~ ^_^

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      Awe, thank you

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    Love the photos you took of the lighthouse. As always, they look awesome, and I use to know how to do the mouse over like on your first one, but haven’t done that in a while. Nice. When I went to visit my son in CA, we were going to go probably to that Lighthouse, but a bit further away than we wanted for a day trip so we went to the one at Bodega Bay or over that way. It was awesome, but yours is more like what I picture a Lighthouse should look like rather than the one we visited. But, the view was awesome there too with the ocean backdrop. CA is just beautiful no matter. 🙂 There is just something about a Lighthouse…the structure of it, but they are a favorite even in a photo or statue.

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      Thanks Patricia, I am in awe of lighthouses too and every bit California I got to experience too!

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    looks so pretty and peaceful there.

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      It absolutely was Felicia!

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    So gorgeous!

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    Ruth | Tanama Tales

    i haven’t had the opportunity to visit this place yet. I still have to explore the coast from Santa Cruz to San Francisco. Hope to do it soon.

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      You won’t forget it when you do!

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    Bryna | Dotted Line Travels

    Very pretty! I have a thing for lighthouses – I’d love to see this one one day!

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      Aren’t they enchanting, you should Bryna!

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    Beautiful images of the lighthouse. I’d love to visit California and drive up the coast at some point. 🙂

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      Thanks Mandy, you will love it!

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    bettyl - NZ

    You captured the lighthouse so fabulously!! I love lighthouses 🙂

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      Me too, thanks Betty!

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    Life Images by Jill

    I love lighthouses – but then I have a romantic view of them on windswept cliff faces – but I know the reality of them is much different. I’ve always thought I’d love to stay at one of those lighthouses where they rent out the old cottages. Happy travels and thank you for the link up today.

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      Jill, you can stay at several on the California coast.

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    Have a great week-end!

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      Thank you Lea, same to you!

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    Gorgeous! Lovely photo! Havea great weekend!

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      Thanks Kelleyn, it’s going to be great Holiday weekend, isn’t it!