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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 38 Reviews

Hostel rating (38)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 92%
Cleanliness 85%
Location 92%
Security 90%
Service 90%
Comfort 84%
Green rating 90%

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



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

The location is superb. I slept to the sound of gently gcrashing waves. Bathroom was great. The bar with coffees and teas were wonderful The staff were very friendly and helpful. I arrived 10 mi before closing, rushing in from a very long bike trip. They were very patient with me. I will be back many times. I adore this place and the staff. GreT first experience.


Avatar for Mary


Mon 21 May 2018

Thank you very much for reviewing HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel. We are so happy that you had such a nice stay with us! Our espresso bar and snack shop has plenty of options for our guests, and we are also within walking distance to some markets and a variety of restaurants. We are glad you enjoyed our location and our staff was able to help you check in later in the night before our office closed. Our location is well traveled by bicyclist riding from San Francisco. We have a bike shed to store bicycles as well as an outdoor bike rack. We hope you stay with us again soon!

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Point Montara Montara,

Wed 23 May 2018

The perfect place to stay for your California Coastal Tour. Right on the ocean, we didn't want to leave. They serve coffee and snacks.


Avatar for Patty


Mon 02 Apr 2018

Thank you for the excellent review of HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel. We are so happy that you enjoyed our ocean views and our espresso bar and snack shop. We hope you will visit us again soon!

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Point Montara Montara,

Wed 04 Apr 2018

I was particularly happy that Kelly remembered me. She was very cordial and helpful. She had great suggestions of places to go that I had not seen on prior visits. She helped me with my things (I am disabled) as well as having reserved a bottom bunk for me. I am very glad to stay at Montara. Thank you.


Avatar for Corinne


Tue 20 Mar 2018

Thanks for leaving a great review, and always mentioning us in your blog. Our staff tries our best to remember our great guests, and we hope you can come back and visit us again soon! We are so happy to have you stay with us!

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Point Montara Montara,

Thu 22 Mar 2018

This coastal hostel is in a fabulous location. It has the stunning ocean setting of other Oceanfront hostels and is low enough to get down to the beach fairly easily. It's a fairly easy walk to Moss beach, Fitzgerald Nature Reserve, or Pillar Point. If you have a car, it's an easy drive to any of those places or to Half Moon Bay, Mavericks Beach, or Pacifica. It's clean and welcoming inside, and the staff is friendly and helpful. Highly recommended.


Avatar for Lois


Mon 12 Mar 2018

We are so happy to hear that you had a nice stay at the HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel! Our location is just 20 miles south of San Francisco and close by many interesting towns and landmarks surrounding our unique location. We hope you will visit us again soon!

Manager avatar

Point Montara Montara,

Wed 14 Mar 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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