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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 91%

From 43 Reviews

Hostel rating (43)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 94%
Cleanliness 86%
Location 96%
Security 94%
Service 89%
Comfort 87%
Green rating 97%

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

  • Dorm
    From €25.72
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



The hostel is very beautiful,and the light house is nearby.Everyday I can see the coastline.If the weather is not too bad,I can see full of stars in the sky!It's really wonderful!


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Thu 06 Oct 2016

We are so glad you had a nice time at Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel! Although we can not guarantee there will always be clear days we are very thankful when we do! Please come back and visit us again!

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Point Montara Montara,

Sat 08 Oct 2016

After enjoying an overnight stay here last year during my visit to California I decided to book up another night this year. Unfortunately there was a school party there and so I had to stay in the Toolroom Dorm. To my disappointment the nearest toilets and showers are in the building next door. Hardly convenient if you need to get up in the night. Had I been made aware of the lack of facilities I wouldn't have booked. Also noisy kids spoil the peace and tranquility I felt I had there last year.


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Tue 27 Sep 2016

We are happy that you thought of us when making your travel plans after a nice stay last year. Hosteling International provides space for individual travelers as well as many non-profit groups alike. We can be completely full on any given day of the year which adds to the community aspect of our organization. Hosteling International has a mission to teach all, especially the young, tolerance and understanding about the world through travel. We provide access to all of our shared facilities to our guests. Due to the historic nature of the buildings some facilities are in separate buildings. We understand that this may be inconvenient, and we apologize. Please notify the staff with concerns when staying with us and we will be sure to try to help make your stay the most comfortable as we can.

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Point Montara Montara,

Thu 29 Sep 2016

I've been a visitor multiple times before. I was shocked at the filthy state of the bathrooms ...I'm all about using sustainable products but the bathrooms were absolutely filthy, especially the showers and floors. Shower curtain was covered in mildew, porclein in the bathtub was dirty and gross...Just awful. Had a free night which I didn't use, I was so uncomfortable. Also,...a baby was screetching in the common area until 12:30 pm. A real disappointment this time around.


Avatar for Lynne


Sun 25 Sep 2016

Hello, We are happy that you have enjoyed our space in past visits! We are sorry for your feelings of discomfort in using our bathroom facilities. In the high season we do our best to keep up with the maintenance considering the volume of usage. We greatly appreciate your feedback and bringing this to our attention. We look forward to your future visits. Kind regards, HI-Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel Team

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Point Montara Montara,

Tue 27 Sep 2016

Great place. I will stay again. Just be careful walking on the road.


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Sun 25 Sep 2016

Thank you for taking the time to let us know how we are doing! We are glad that you enjoy our facility. When you stay next time, come visit us at the front desk and we will be sure to recommend the safest route to where you are going. Until next time, HI-Point Montara Lighthouse Team

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Point Montara Montara,

Tue 27 Sep 2016

Posizione suggestiva sulla scogliera, ma isolata rispetto a servizi e negozi, per cui è meglio organizzarsi per il mangiare. Sistemazione spartana, ma confortevole.


Avatar for Irene


Sun 25 Sep 2016

Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel is located on a cliff-side with beautiful views of the Pacific ocean. Our staff is happy to suggest nearby shops and restaurants if a guest prefers not to use our facilities. We do have two fully equipped kitchens for our guests to make and enjoy their meals. We have all tempur-pedic mattresses to provide the most comfort for travelers. Please come visit us again!

Manager avatar

Point Montara Montara,

Tue 27 Sep 2016


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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