Perched on a cliff on the central California coast, 50 miles south of San Francisco, the 115-foot Pigeon Point Lighthouse, one of the tallest lighthouses in America, has been guiding mariners since 1872. The hostel offers comfortable, affordable lodgings in four houses set just beside the lighthouse.

Guests enjoy cosy indoor lounges, fully equipped kitchens, cove beaches, tide pools, and an oceanfront boardwalk. Amenities include satellite Internet, free Wi-Fi and free parking. In addition, hot tub rental is available for overnight guests.

On weekends, free history walks guided by State Parks docents are available on the hostel grounds. The Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel is also a popular spot for whale watching, and a convenient base for exploring nearby coast side communities as well as the ancient redwood forests at Butano State Park, the bird sanctuary of Pescadero Marsh, and Año Nuevo State Reserve, breeding site of northern elephant seals.

What travellers think

Best for

  • Nature-lovers
  • Unique atmosphere
  • Relaxing
  • Eco-tourism

Green rating



Arrived late evening. Check-in is fine. The guy at check-in was a bit of a character which added to the experience. Use of the front room during the night was a nice benifit. Great location and to wake-up ore or less on the beach. A lockable toilet door would have been nice. Will stay again.


Avatar for JONATHON


Sat 03 Oct 2015

Travel tips...

Budget meal tip

Buy focaccia at the HMB Bakery and eat for dinner. Have soup at Duarte's

Avatar for,

Sat 25 Jul 2015

Where next?

Santa Cruz!!! Fab Boardwalk & Restaurants... Try Stagneros on the Pier!!! (Reasonable ~ $15 & GREAT FOOD!!!)

Avatar for Constance


Wed 30 Sep 2015