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HI - Point Montara Lighthouse

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Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific, Hostelling International's Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel is set against the dramatic and breathtaking scenery of the California coast.


Dorms $22+, Private $62+

Just 25 miles south of the urban hustle of San Francisco, the hostel is an idyllic get-away from the city where you can drift off to sleep listening to the pounding waves, then wake to a whole coastal landscape to explore.

Guests are accommodated in both private and dorm rooms (3-6 beds) with shared bathrooms in former Coast Guard quarters and the historic fog signal building. Amenities include free WiFi, free parking, free linen and towel service, fully-equipped kitchen, DSL Internet access, on-site laundry, and an espresso bar.

Curl up with a book or make new friends in the cozy lounges, and be sure to check out the live remote-viewing of the Devil's Slide Rock seabird colony in the main lounge. Dine al fresco in the hostel's picnic area or in their ocean-view dining room. Explore the hostel's secluded beach cove with tide pools, whimsically landscaped native plant gardens, and -- of course -- the still-operating lighthouse, which has been guiding ships to shore since 1881.

The coastside location of the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel offers convenient access to several beaches for surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, and horseback riding. Hike or bike along the numerous paths weaving over Mount Montara, just north of the hostel, and reward yourself with an amazing view of the San Francisco peninsula. Or, drive into the quaint, nearby town on Half Moon Bay for a day of shopping, dining, and strolling.

The hostel is also the perfect base for exploring the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (a four-mile stretch of tidepools full of starfish, crabs, mussels, and other sea life), Pillar Point Harbor and Marsh, and for watching the annual migration of the gray whales between November and March. Reserve your stay at the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel today, and treat yourself -- and your budget -- to the peaceful, restorative beauty of this unique Pacific Coast destination.

Free WiFi
Free parking
Free linens and towels
Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, Montara State Beach, Grey Whale Cove State Beach, Mount Montara, Pillar Point Harbor and Marsh, Half Moon Bay

By Car

The Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel is perched on the California coast, 25 miles south of San Francisco and 7 miles north of Half Moon Bay. The hostel is on coastal Highway 1 (also known as Cabrillo Highway) near 16th Street, between the towns of Montara and Moss Beach. If traveling by car, please be cautious as the hostel driveway is hidden on a curve on Highway 1. If you are driving northbound on Highway 1, you are advised to continue past the hostel (on your left), drive on to the town of Montara, then turn around so you can enter the hostel driveway with a southbound right turn at the end of the guardrail.

By Bus

Take Greyhound to the Transbay Terminal in San Francisco. Walk 1 block north to the Embarcadero BART station, and take a BART train to the Daly City Station. From there, take SamTrans bus 110 to the Linda Mar Park and Ride in Pacifica. Then take SamTrans bus 294 to the hostel.

By Train

Take an Amtrak train to the Emeryville Station, the take an Amtrak bus to the Financial District stop. Enter the Embarcadero BART station, and take a BART train to the Daly City station. From there, take SamTrans bus 110 to the Linda Mar Park and Ride in Pacifica. Then take SamTrans bus 294 to the hostel.

From The San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Take a SamTrans bus (1 transfer required) to the hostel.

  • Internet Access
  • TV/Common Area
  • Private Rooms
  • Free Linen
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant/Cafe
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Bicycle storage
  • Live remote-viewing of Devil's Slide Rock seabird colony
  • Garden

Reservations & Contact Info

16th Street at Highway 1, Montara, CA 94037
Reservation and reception hours are 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Tel: 650-728-7177
Web: www.hiusa.org/montara
Email: PointMontara@hiusa.org

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