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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 47 Reviews

Hostel rating (47)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 95%
Cleanliness 88%
Location 95%
Security 94%
Service 92%
Comfort 87%
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



Extremely hard to find the entrance in the dark. Equally hard to find the house/office in the dark. Not clearly marked/lighted. Dangerous. Check-in staff person did not give any useful information. Other hostels I have stayed at offered breakfast food/drink and had a more welcoming atmosphere.


Avatar for Monica


Thu 28 Sep 2017

We are sorry to hear that you had a difficult time finding our hostel. We try our best to inform guests through our confirmation emails and booking websites of our location off Highway 1. There are posted signs in both directions on the highway, but it is a small driveway and it is tricky to spot especially at night. We hope that your experience does not deter you from visiting our locations in the future.

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Point Montara Montara,

Sat 30 Sep 2017

Very good wifi. Liked having my bike in the giant room next to the Tool Room where I slept, others might not care. It wouldn't hurt my feelings if a TV was available. Having two kitchens is excellent. Buying coffee by the cup and having little packets of oatmeal for sale is not that cool. Increase the price of the stay a little and have unlimited coffee and tea available.


Avatar for Burton


Sat 09 Sep 2017

Thank you for taking the time to review our hostel. During our orientation we try our best to describe our facility where we would have recommended our bike storage building. Our staff has plenty of entertainment recommendations in the area, and on the property that do not involve a television. Our hostel sells locally roasted organic coffee and espresso. Guests are encouraged to bring their own food and prepare their meals in our two fully equipped kitchens. We hope you will stay with us again in the future!

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Point Montara Montara,

Mon 11 Sep 2017

Beautiful location, nice staff, good vibe, friendly guests, good security. It was nice to have filtered water, recycling and compost. Needed a good cleaning and moldly shower curtain, which makes me not want to return.


Avatar for Michelle


Wed 06 Sep 2017

Thank you for your feedback. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our staff, facilities and location. Since your visit we have replaced our shower curtains. We hope that you will stay with us in the future.

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Point Montara Montara,

Fri 08 Sep 2017

Paid for a private room, hoped to take advantage of the quiet coast. Instead a screaming child next door to our room began yelling. The mother took the child to the bathroom, where it continued to scream. Then we couldn't sleep or use the restroom. Left early. Loved the kitchen and cooking experience.


Avatar for Patricia


Tue 05 Sep 2017

Thank you, Patricia, for your feedback. Hosteling International welcomes guests of all ages. We hope that our guest respect our quiet hours so that everyone can have a comfortable stay. We hope that you will stay with us in the future.

Manager avatar

Point Montara Montara,

Thu 07 Sep 2017

What a treasure. This was my first time at a hostel and I was pleasantly surprised. The location is perfect as I love the beach. I would love to stay again.


Avatar for Marianne


Mon 04 Sep 2017

Thank you, Marianne, for your very nice review. We appreciate your feedback, and we are happy to hear you had a nice first hostel experience! Please come back and visit us again soon!

Manager avatar

Point Montara Montara,

Wed 06 Sep 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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