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

  • Relaxing
  • Nature-lovers
  • Unique atmosphere
  • Sightseeing

Green rating



They still lock guests out for a few hours a day so they can clean. Extremely difficult to justify- every other HIUSA hostel is open while cleaning occurs.


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Sun 15 Nov 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