16th Street and Highway 1
Montara, CA 94037
Shining Beacon, Crashing Surf

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

Just 25 miles south of San Francisco, our hostel is both an idyllic retreat and a convenient base for exploring nearby Half Moon Bay. We also offer easy access to a wide range of outdoor recreation, including hiking, biking, swimming, surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, horseback riding, whale watching, or just relaxing on the beach.

Originally established in 1875 as a fog signal station after several ships ran ashore in the late 1860s, this historic lighthouse is still an operating aid-to-navigation maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard. The hostel has been in operation since 1980 through a partnership with California State Parks.

Guests are accommodated in both shared and private rooms in former Coast Guard quarters and the historic fog signal building. Enjoy cozy lounges, a secluded beach cove with tide pools, and landscaped native plant gardens. Amenities include DSL Internet and free WiFi, on-site laundry, free parking, and an espresso bar. We're proud to be Bay Area Green Business, and have received Gold-level STEP (Sustainable Travel Education Program) certification from Sustainable Tourism International.

The coastside location of HI Point Montara Lighthouse offers convenient access to several beaches for swimming, surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, and horseback riding. The hostel is also the perfect base for exploring the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, Pillar Point Harbor and Marsh, the Devil's Slide Coastal Trail, Mount Montara, and the quaint coastal town of Half Moon Bay.


Video Tour

Take a tour of HI Point Montara Lighthouse with our general manager, Chris Bauman.

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