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HI - Pescadero - Pigeon Point Lighthouse

210 Pigeon Point Rd, Pescadero, California, 94060, United States

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Overall Rating 95%

From 30 Reviews

Hostel rating (30)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 97%
Cleanliness 93%
Location 98%
Security 95%
Service 93%
Comfort 93%
Green rating 96%

Famous for its 115-foot lighthouse and amazing ocean views, as well as a spectacular cliff-side hot tub perched above the Pacific. Shared overnight accommodations for everyone.

  • Dorm
    From €24.70
10 or more people?

Pescadero Hostel

Hostel Pescadero

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

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.
State Parks docents are available on the hostel grounds 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. 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.

Hostelling is shared overnight accommodations for everyone. Dormitories are shared and everyone shares kitchen, living-room and bathrooms.


Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Check-in is available between 16:00 and 22:00
  • Please contact hostel if arriving after 20:00
  • 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 16 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 7 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 13 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 3.00 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
  • Hot tub
  • Terrace / patio


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Charges Apply
  • Wifi - Free
  • Internet Cafe Nearby

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Conference Facilities
  • Cycle Storage
  • 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 22:30
From 15:30 to 22:30

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-650-879 0633

Fax. 1-650-879 9120

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park (At or next to the hostel)
  • Butano State Park (5 to 10km)
  • Ano Nuevo State Park (5 to 10km)

See the full list of attractions



The ocean views are stunning.We could feel & smell the ocean breezes & hear the crashing surf... perfect. Sunsets are only matched by the blanket of stars that appear at night. Beds are comfy and the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and lounge areas are clean and inviting.The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. We will definitely be back to stay longer next time. Fellow travelers are respectful of the quiet rules and personal space, making it 'fun' to meet & socialize with new people.


Avatar for Jackie


Mon 03 Oct 2016

L'ostello situato sulla scogliera è molto suggestivo. Il sole che sorge al mattino è davvero una meraviglia. La posizione è molto isolata, per cui è bene organizzarsi con il cibo. Gli ambienti sono curati, puliti e confortevoli.


Avatar for Irene


Mon 26 Sep 2016

The hostel was a breath of fresh air and a retreat from a crazy world. The accommodations were comfortable and pleasant, in a setting that was incomparable. The fellow travellers were a delight to get to know. This was a wonderful experience. I will be back!


Avatar for Sharon


Mon 26 Sep 2016

The location and the price of this hostel was amazing. The hot tub was broke down during my visit but that didn't take away from the fact that this was still a top 10 stay. I loved everything about this hostel.


Avatar for Phyllis


Fri 23 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)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Local market (5 to 10km)
  • Mountainous Area (5 to 10km)
  • National / State Park (At or next to the hostel)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (5 to 10km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (5 to 10km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (5 to 10km)
  • Wooded Area (5 to 10km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

From San Francisco International Airport take Highway 380 West to Highway 280 South to Highway 92 West to Half Moon Bay City. Go south 20 miles on Highway 1 to Pigeon Point Road. The lighthouse is easily visible from Highway 1 -- you can't miss us! From San Jose International Airport take Highway 880 South to Highway 84 West to Highway 1 South and follow Highway 1 for 10 miles.
No public transport.
The hostel is located just off Highway 1 about 55 miles south of San Francisco and 25 miles north of Santa Cruz. The lighthouse is easily visible from Highway 1.
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Mountain Biking
  • Surfing
  • Walking / Hiking
  • Whale Watching
  • Windsurfing

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