Montara Point Lighthouse, Montara

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The Point Montara Lighthouse may be small, but it's also mighty. Perched on a cliff overlooking the rocky Pacific coast, it was once one of the most important signals for navigators approaching San Francisco's harbor -- its strong, low beam (now automated) cuts beneath the thickest of fog.

Today, it's still a beacon for travelers -- among the top ten customer-rated HI hostels in the world, HI-Point Montara Lighthouse is an affordable seaside getaway for Bay Area and international guests alike.



Stay in a cozy dorm or private room overlooking the ocean, sip a latte on the point beside the lighthouse (the front desk doubles as Hostel Grounds, serving fair-trade espresso drinks), wander the native plant garden maintained by hostel staff, or walk down to the water to explore tide pools or chill on the secluded beach.

For even more adventure, surf (or watch) the famous Mavericks break a short ways down the coast -- or paddle tamer waves in a kayak. On land, bike scenic Highway 1, ride horseback along the shore, or explore the coastal towns of Half Moon Bay and Pacifica (both 7 miles away).

Hostel amenities include free WiFi, free linens and towels, Tempur-Pedic mattresses, an outdoor picnic area and grill, full kitchen facilities, bag and bike storage, and on-site laundry.

The hostel is also a Certified Bay Area Green Business. Our green practices include composting, recycling, reducing water and energy usage through efficient appliances, lighting, and faucets, and using environmentally friendly cleaning products.

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"Perched dramatically on cliffs, offering a vista that you will be hard pressed to find in any five-star hostel." --San Francisco Chronicle

"When it comes to setting, we're giving Point Montara the top prize among all U.S. hostels." --Insider's Guide

"Inexpensive and incredibly pleasant for a coast overnight." --Moon Travel Guides
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  • The historical lighthouse is still fully functional, the hostel continues to welcome travelers from all over the world, and the beauty of the surroundings...360 degree photo ops! No big signs on the h...  more »
  • The view is so great serenity in front of the Pacific Ocean, the sight of the waves of art is also a huge new flying wind is a little cool, wearing a warm watch!
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  • Idyllic view. Though I have never stayed in the associated hostel, a visit on the inside with a friend who did stay here showed me enough to rate the price as an outstanding value for being 40 feet away from the edge of the bluff. The people who staff here are also super nice!
  • Beautiful seashore, quiet and peace. Like Psalm said : The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hand. Small but it is a great place to visit.

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