Point Montara Lighthouse is situated on the rugged California coast, 25 miles south of San Francisco. A historic 1875 fog signal station and lighthouse have been preserved and restored into a hostel.

Guests are accommodated in both shared and private rooms. Enjoy cosy lounges, a secluded beach cove with tide pools, and landscaped native plant gardens. Amenities include DSL Internet and free Wi-Fi, on-site laundry, free parking, and an espresso bar. In addition, you can rest assured that your travel footprint will be minimized, as the hostel is a certified green business.

The coastside location of the Point Montara Lighthouse hostel offers convenient access to several beaches for swimming, surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, and horseback riding. The hostel is also the perfect base for exploring the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, Pillar Point Harbor and Marsh, Mount Montara, and the quaint coastal town of Half Moon Bay.

What travellers think

Best for

  • Nature-lovers
  • Relaxing
  • Sightseeing
  • Unique atmosphere

Green rating



A great place to stay! Ideal location for allowing time at the ocean, crashing surf AND points south (Half Moon Bay and beyond) and north, with Devil's Slide only minutes and San Francisco less than a 30 minute drive. Very friendly staff, great atmosphere, Peaceful and a high sense of security! The strongest of recommendations!


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W. Glenn,

Mon 05 Jan 2015

Travel tips...

Where next?

Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel and just below that, PIE RANCH!

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Wed 25 Sep 2013

Where next?

San Francisco to the north, Half Moon Bay to the south. If in a car, I would also recommend the Marin Headlands hostel (north) and Pigeon Point hostel (south) and if going farther south then Santa Cruz and the Monterey hostel are places I would also highly recommend.

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W. Glenn,

Sat 06 Jul 2013