Getting Around

On good-weather weekends and holidays from late December through mid-April (gray whale migration season), the road to Chimney Rock and the lighthouse is closed to private vehicles; this is done to reduce traffic and ease parking problems. Instead you must take a shuttle ($7, children under 16 free) from Drakes Beach. Tickets are sold until 3pm (though they may run out earlier in the day). The last return bus departs Drakes Beach at 3:30pm, the lighthouse at 5pm and Chimney Rock at 5:30pm.