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HI - Point Montara Lighthouse

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.

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  • BBQ
  • Café
  • Common Room
  • Free WiFi
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Kitchen
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Wheelchair accessible


  • Board Games


  • Towels for Hire

In Room Facilities

  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities


  • Bicycle Parking
  • Free Parking

About HI - Point Montara Lighthouse

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 a beacon for travelers: the lighthouse grounds are home to one of the highest-customer-rated HI hostels in the world. Come to HI-Point Montara Lighthouse and relax in 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.

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 horse-back 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 WiFi in the comfy lounge, or take advantage of 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 dining area, as well as an outdoor picnic area with barbecue 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.

Hostelling International is a non-profit membership organization promoting peace through hostelling since 1909. To maintain our low overhead and to be able to offer low-budget accommodations to as many people as possible, non-members will be asked to pay a $3 non-membership fee per night upon check-in.

Important Information


Check-in is from 3:30 PM till 10:30 PM. Please call prior to 10 PM if you are delayed or cannot arrive during our office hours.

A valid ID is required (US Driver's License, State ID or Passport).

48-hour cancellation policy. You must inform us at least two days prior to your reservation if you plan on canceling. Failure to do so will result in your being charged the rates assigned at the time of your reservation for the first night reserved and losing and sequential nights.

11 PM curfew. The gate is locked at 11 PM, please be on the property by then. The gate reopens at 7:30 AM.

Check-out is by 11 AM.

Hostel office hours: 7:30 AM - 10:30 PM daily.

Please inform hostel assistant upon check-in if an early checkout is needed (5:30am -7:30am).

Please note: Access to the hostel and grounds may be limited or restricted at any time due to reserved Day Use or Special Events.

The possession and consumption of alcohol is prohibited. This includes being inebriated on the property after consuming alcohol elsewhere .

Smoking is permitted in the designated smoking area only. Other fire-generating activities are not permitted.

Pets are not allowed inside the hostel buildings. All pets must be leashed while outside, and may not be tied up anywhere on the property. Please clean up after your pets!

Phone: (650) 728-7177 or 888/GO HI-USA #153 (888/464-4872 #153)
Fax: (650) 728-7058

The mission of Hostelling International USA is to help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling. Our vision is for guests to become caring global citizens who are catalysts for intercultural exchange and understanding stewards of the earth.



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*  The Customer Satisfaction score is based on a combination of ratings from Travellerspoint and external websites. The score of 85% for this property is based on ratings provided by 5 guests.

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