HMB: Point Montara Lighthouse


Friday, July 3, 2015

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Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific, the historic Point Montara Lighthouse is set against the dramatic and breathtaking scenery of the California coast. Originally established in 1875 as a fog signal station after several ships ran ashore in the late 1860s, this historic lighthouse is still an operating aid-to-navigation maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard.

It was built in 1881 and erected on Wellfleet Harbor in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where it stood until the light station was decommissioned in 1922. From Cape Cod, the lighthouse made a 3,000-mile journey to Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco Bay, where it waited in a depot until finally being installed at Point Montara in 1928. It is currently the only known lighthouse to have stood watch on two oceans.

Through partnerships between the Golden Gate Council of Hostelling International USA, the U.S. Coast Guard, California State Parks, and the California Coastal Conservancy, the facility was renovated to become a hostel, and opened its doors to travelers in 1980. Since then, the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel has welcomed thousands of guests from around the world every year. (http://www.norcalhostels.org/montara)

We stopped at Point Montara Lighthouse before heading back home. Shadow loved romping around the beach!

Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel

Fog signal building

Secluded cove beach

Bluff top vista point-Native plant garden

Escape to a beautiful lighthouse location, perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, just 25 miles south of San Francisco. Point Montara Lighthouse is gorgeous place to stop for an hour’s worth of peace and tranquility along Devil’s Slide Coast!

The hostel offers free parking in the designated guest and visitor parking lots inside the gate at Point Montara Lighthouse.
The public may visit the grounds from 9:30 a.m. to sunset.
For Day Use-Visitors must sign in at the office and limit their stay to under an hour. 

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Address: 16th Street and Highway 1, Montara, CA 94037
Phone: 1 (650) 728-7177

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