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HI - Montara - Point Montara Lighthouse

8800 Cabrillo Hwy. PO Box 370737, Montara, California, 94037, United States

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Overall Rating 88%

From 21 Reviews

Hostel rating (21)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 89%
Cleanliness 87%
Location 91%
Security 91%
Service 89%
Comfort 81%
Green rating 91%

A dramatic lighthouse location offering a spectacular Pacific Coast getaway, just 25 miles south of San Francisco.

  • Dorm
    From $32.00
10 or more people?

Montara Hostel

Hostel Montara

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

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.


Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • A maximum stay of 14 nights applies at this hostel.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Unaccompanied children under the age of 18 can be accommodated only with a letter from a parent or legal guardian providing permission for the child's unsupervised stay.
  • Children under the age of 8 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 16 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • A non-member supplement of USD 3 per person per night is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Only parties of mixed sex may be accommodated in mixed (co-ed) dorms.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden
  • Terrace / patio


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Charges Apply
  • Wifi - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Conference Facilities
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Smoking Area
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 07:30 to 22:00
From 15:30 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-650-728 7177

Fax. 1-650-728 7058

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Point Montara Lighthouse (At or next to the hostel)
  • Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (At or next to the hostel)
  • Half Moon Bay (5 to 10km)

See the full list of attractions



Overall experience was good. I understand that checkout is at 11 and I respect that but being really rude to patrons that are still hanging out with new friends they made is uncalled for. Especially when hanging out outside! Everything else was wonderful!


Avatar for Amanda


Tue 21 Aug 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel. We are glad you enjoyed our location. Our small staff always maintains our rules and policies to uphold a safe and comfortable environment for all of our guests and our staff. We hope you will visit our location in the future.

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Point Montara Montara,

Thu 23 Aug 2018

Tout était parfait. On a adoré


Avatar for SOPHIE


Tue 03 Jul 2018

Merci pour la bonne note! Nous sommes heureux que vous ayez apprécié votre séjour au HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel!

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Point Montara Montara,

Thu 05 Jul 2018

Great service from staff! clean, safe, eco, and beautiful place to stay!! Enjoyed very much :)


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ker chia,

Tue 03 Jul 2018

Thank you for the very nice review of HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel. We are so glad that you had a nice experience with our staff and you enjoyed our sustainable location. We hope you will visit us again soon!

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Point Montara Montara,

Thu 05 Jul 2018

everything was nice, actually very mice, except the last few minutes of my stay. i was asked to leave the building at 11:25am, 25 min. after checkout time. i just wanted to finish my coffee that i bought at the reception a few minutes before. a young lady (receptionist) ask me to leave the building. i'll never come back. very disappointed. imho a very poor attitude.


Avatar for Daniel


Sun 17 Jun 2018

Thank you for taking the time to give our hostel a review. Sorry to hear that you felt disappointed when checking out. We have many ways in which we try to communicate our rules including our orientation, confirmation emails, and even on our booking websites. Our midsize hostel and small staff have to keep strict guidelines in order to keep things running smoothly for us as well as our guests. We hope you will continue supporting our non profit mission by staying at Hostelling International properties.

Manager avatar

Point Montara Montara,

Tue 19 Jun 2018


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Gym (5 to 10km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Local market (1 to 2km)
  • Mountainous Area (3 to 5km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (5 to 10km)
  • National / State Park (At or next to the hostel)
  • Nightlife (5 to 10km)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (5 to 10km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (3 to 5km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (5 to 10km)
  • Swimming pool (5 to 10km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (5 to 10km)
  • Theatre (5 to 10km)
  • Wooded Area (3 to 5km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

From San Francisco International Airport take 101 North to 380 West to 280 North to Highway 1 South (Pacifica exit). Drive south on Highway 1
From the Daly City BART station take SamTrans bus 110 to the Linda Mar Park and Ride in Pacifica. Then bus 17 south to Montara
Free parking is available at the hostel on a first-come first-served basis.
Take Amtrak to the Richmond (RIC) or Oakland-Coliseum/Airport (OAC) station then take BART to Daly City
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Cycling
  • Mountain Biking
  • Surfing
  • Walking / Hiking
  • Whale Watching

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