“Perched Dramatically on Cliffs!”
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
We had an awesome private room with a view of the gorgeous coast! The lighthouse is just for photo opps, you don't sleep in it, but our room made it feel as if we were. Friendly staff handled our reservation wonderfully. The gate closes at 11pm so make sure to get there for check in before then, or call ahead of time if you need to make other arrangements.
You can walk to the Fitzgerald marine reserve along with a few other neat places from the hostel and they provide walking directions to each location. Only downfall was not offering free breakfast like most other hostels.
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Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel
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