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



I have been to Montara once before & enjoyed both times. When I checked out & asked about public transit, one guy in office piped up (standing behind young lady helping me) Said " Did you check your smartphone" That is not an appropriate response when a customer is asking for help !!!!!!!!!!!


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Fri 24 Jul 2015

Easily the best HI hostel I have stayed at in North America. Gorgeous, stunning location (reminiscent of Ken Kesey's "Sometimes a Great Notion), that makes you feel like you're in Oregon. Beautiful lighthouse and setting, and just overall a wonderful place to stay.


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Tue 07 Jul 2015

Travel tips...

Budget meal tip

Bring food in

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Fri 24 Jul 2015

Where next?

San Francisco

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Fri 24 Jul 2015