HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel

in the beautiful state of California
  • dining area of HI Point Montara
  • HI Point Montara lounging area with large window overlooking scenery
  • HI Point Montara dorm room with bunkbed and desk
  • outside of Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel

Come explore the California coast!

Come to HI Point Montara Lighthouse hostel and relax in a cozy dorm or private room overlooking the ocean, wander the native plant garden, or walk down to the water to explore the tide pools and secluded beach. Perched on a cliff overlooking the rocky Pacific coast, the Point Montara lighthouse was once one of the most important signals for navigators approaching San Francisco’s harbor. Today, it’s still a beacon for travelers: the lighthouse grounds are home to one of the highest-customer-rated HI hostels in the world. However you choose to spend your time on California’s stunning coastline, HI Point Montara Lighthouse makes for a warm and welcoming home base,

Just 25 miles south of San Francisco, HI Point Montara offers an affordable seaside getaway for Bay Area locals and international guests alike. From the hostel, make your way a short distance down the coast to surf (or watch) the famous Mavericks break, or paddle tamer waves in a kayak. On land, bicycle scenic Hwy. 1, ride horseback along the seashore, or explore the coastal towns of Half Moon Bay and Pacifica (each just 7 miles away).

Back at the hostel, sip a latte from the on-site espresso bar as you sit beside the lighthouse, enjoy free Wi-Fi or share stories by the fire in the comfy lounge, or meet fellow seaside escapees over organized hostel activities such as game nights and movie screenings.

Guests at this Certified Green hostel can choose to stay in either private or shared dorm-style rooms, some with water views. Guests can also enjoy a fully equipped self-service kitchen complete with ocean-view communal dining area, as well as an outdoor picnic area with BBQ grill.

Other amenities include:

*Free Wi-Fi and pay-as-you-go DSL Internet terminals

*Free bag and bike storage

*Free linens and towels

*Free on-site parking

*Tempur-Pedic mattresses

*On-site laundry facilities.


See more of what Northern California has to offer with a trip over the Golden Gate Bridge and a stay in the Marin Headlands National Park.

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  • Cafe/Bar
  • Basic store available at or near the hostel
  • Common room(s)
  • Credit card accepted
  • Earth friendly hostel
  • Groups welcome
  • Individual traveller welcome
  • Internet access
  • Laundry facilities
  • Lockers available
  • Luggage Store
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Sheets in price
  • Smoking room/area
  • Suitable for wheelchair users
  • Beach nearby
  • Historical sites nearby
  • Restaurants nearby
  • River nearby
  • Shopping centre/market nearby

Address & Contact

HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel
PO Box 737
16th Street at CA HWY 1
Montara California 94037
Phone 1 (650) 728-7177
Fax 1 (650) 728-7058
GPS 37.535949, -122.518971

More Information

Bed Capacity
> Total Beds 45

Opening Times
> Office hours 7:30am-10:30pm
> *Check-in from 3:30pm-10:30pm
> *Check-out by 11am.
> Access may be limited or
restricted at any time due to
group day use or special events-call
the hostel for info.
> All Year

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