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
  • Relaxing
  • Unique atmosphere
  • Sightseeing

Green rating



Loved our stay. Great view from the hot tub. Loved sitting on the thoughtfully placed park benches so we could drink in the views of the ocean and the plethora of wildlife. Seal lions, birds, seals etc. Make sure you pack food to eat. The hostel sells coffee, oatmeal and Mac and cheese. There are not many options locally and if you wait until late there are virtually none. I had to drive several miles up the road to get dinner.


Avatar for Cynthia


Mon 15 Jun 2015

Sehr schöne und ruhige Lage, sehr gutes Preis-Leistungs Verhältnis Es ist schade dass das Hostel nicht mit ÖV zu erreichen ist. Und gerade weil man so abseits ist wäre es auch einfacher wenn ein Frühstück angeboten würde.


Avatar for Matthias


Thu 04 Jun 2015