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HI - Montara - Point Montara Lighthouse

8800 Cabrillo Hwy. PO Box 370737, Montara, California, 94037, United States

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Overall Rating 92%

From 48 Reviews

Hostel rating (48)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 94%
Cleanliness 88%
Location 95%
Security 94%
Service 92%
Comfort 88%
Green rating 94%

A dramatic lighthouse location offering a spectacular Pacific Coast getaway, just 25 miles south of San Francisco.

  • Dorm
    From $30.00
10 or more people?

Montara Hostel

Hostel Montara

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Point Montara Lighthouse is situated on the rugged California coast, 25 miles south of San Francisco. A historic 1875 fog signal station and lighthouse have been preserved and restored into a hostel.

Guests are accommodated in both shared and private rooms. Enjoy cosy lounges, a secluded beach cove with tide pools, and landscaped native plant gardens. Amenities include DSL Internet and free Wi-Fi, on-site laundry, free parking, and an espresso bar. In addition, you can rest assured that your travel footprint will be minimized, as the hostel is a certified green business.

The coastside location of the Point Montara Lighthouse hostel 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, Mount Montara, and the quaint coastal town of Half Moon Bay.


Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • 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 18 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 8 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Children under the age of 16 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 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
  • Garden
  • Terrace / patio


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Charges Apply
  • Wifi - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Conference Facilities
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • 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 22:00
From 15:30 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-650-728 7177

Fax. 1-650-728 7058

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Point Montara Lighthouse (At or next to the hostel)
  • Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (At or next to the hostel)
  • Half Moon Bay (5 to 10km)

See the full list of attractions



I traveled solo on my Thanksgiving holiday weekend adventure down the California Coast and had the most wonderful experience at both the Pigeon Point Lighthouse and Point Montara Lighthouse. Staff was friendly and helpful at both places. The kitchens were spacious and clean. The other guests were so friendly while cooking and we all shared food. The dorms were comfortable and secure, but I must say I prefer the wood bunks to the metal ones that creak when you move. Definitely going back.


Avatar for Deborah


Wed 29 Nov 2017

Thank you for the great review of HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel! We are so happy to hear that you had a nice stay with us. We have all metal bunks in our facility because they are more hygienic than wooden bunk beds. We are glad that you were able to socialize with other guests and have a well rounded hostel experience. We hope you will stay with us again soon!

Manager avatar

Point Montara Montara,

Fri 01 Dec 2017

Ich hatte einen guten Aufenthalt bei euch! Die unteren Betten in den 6Bett Zimmern waren deutlich durchgelegener als die oberen und haben sehr geknarscht das Personal war super freunlich und hilfsbereit Diese feedbackseite wäre besser, wenn die Tastatur das Schreibfeld nicht verdeckt wenn man auf dem handy schreibyt


Avatar for Stefanie


Sat 25 Nov 2017

Danke für Ihre Bewertung des HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel. Wir sind überrascht, dass die Koje "schlapp" war und wir werden eine Lösung suchen. Wir freuen uns über Ihr Feedback und hoffen, dass Sie uns wieder besuchen werden!

Manager avatar

Point Montara Montara,

Mon 27 Nov 2017

Had an excellent first stay here! Stayed in the girls' dorm. Bunk bed mattresses have built-in memory foam top and were exceedingly comfortable. Bathrooms were small, but clean and adequate - with dry floors, clean tub, and regularly-emptied trash bins. Kitchens had a plethora of cooking utensils, stoves with induction tops, and large sinks - good for cleanup after eating. Lots of space. Very tidy overall. Staff was amazing and warm. I'd come again. :)


Avatar for Ben-Zhen


Tue 21 Nov 2017

Thank you for taking the time to give HI Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel a great review! We are so happy to hear that you had a nice stay in the female dorm and that you enjoyed our tempur-pedic mattresses. We have two large fully equipped kitchens for our guests to prepare and serve meals. It is expected that our independant travellers keep a small footprint and clean up after themselves. It sounds like you had a great stay and really embraced hostelling! Please come visit us again in the future!

Manager avatar

Point Montara Montara,

Thu 23 Nov 2017

toilet smelled of ammonia all the time and it wafted into the rooms. asked the receptionist to refill soap in shower, 2 hrs later she still did not do it. shower is clogged with hair and it fills up with water. microwave is so rusted it drips stuff onto the food.


Avatar for Werner


Tue 07 Nov 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel. Our small staff tries our best to maintain our facility for our independent travellers. In addition to our daily housekeeping service, we hope our guests are self sufficient and help clean up after themselves. We hope that your experience did not change your opinion of our hostels, and we hope you will stay with HI in the future!

Manager avatar

Point Montara Montara,

Thu 09 Nov 2017


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Gym (5 to 10km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Local market (1 to 2km)
  • Mountainous Area (3 to 5km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (5 to 10km)
  • National / State Park (At or next to the hostel)
  • Nightlife (5 to 10km)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (5 to 10km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (3 to 5km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (5 to 10km)
  • Swimming pool (5 to 10km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (5 to 10km)
  • Theatre (5 to 10km)
  • Wooded Area (3 to 5km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

From San Francisco International Airport take 101 North to 380 West to 280 North to Highway 1 South (Pacifica exit). Drive south on Highway 1
From the Daly City BART station take SamTrans bus 110 to the Linda Mar Park and Ride in Pacifica. Then bus 17 south to Montara
Free parking is available at the hostel on a first-come first-served basis.
Take Amtrak to the Richmond (RIC) or Oakland-Coliseum/Airport (OAC) station then take BART to Daly City
Sports & activities

Sports & activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Boating
  • Cycling
  • Mountain Biking
  • Surfing
  • Walking / Hiking
  • Whale Watching

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