There are so many reasons to love Point Montara Lighthouse and the cozy little hostel that sits pretty next to it at the edge of the California coast. And when you spend a night (or two) at HI Point Montara hostel, you’ll get to experience life by this beacon on an even deeper level that will make you appreciate it all even more, whether it’s thanks to the people you meet while you’re there or the opportunity to see the lighthouse under the moon and the stars. Take a look at some of our favorite images that highlight the everyday magic that makes this such a special place.
What can we say? The Point Montara Lighthouse is a beauty. Whether it’s back-dropped by an infinite blue sky or dark and moody storm clouds, this beacon never gets boring to admire.
2.The native NorCal garden
HI Point Montara hostel champions sustainability, and one of the ways they do that is by maintaining a beautiful garden with native plants that are drought resistant, useful, and just plain pretty to look at. Each year, the local community comes to the hostel for Garden for Peace and makes their contributions to this little serene space.
3.This carpet of succulents
Speaking of plants, almost as iconic as the lighthouse itself is the carpet of bright green succulents that line the ground all the way to the edge of the cliffs that drop into the ocean. In the summer time they show off with pink and yellow flowers, and in the winter they provide a colorful eye treat when it’s foggy and grey out.
4.The Haunted Hostel Halloween poster
One of the most beloved annual traditions at HI Point Montara is the Haunted Hostel Halloween event to celebrate the spookiest day of the year. Locals come dressed up in their scary best for day of music, costume and pie-eating contests, and an epic haunted maze that opens just before sunset. Take a look at this collection of Hostel Halloween posters to see what you’ve been missing all these years.
5.The fire pit with an ocean view
There’s really no escaping the breathtaking views of the ocean here – you can see the blue from the kitchen during breakfast, or out the window of your private room or dorm, or even out the backdoor as you enter the hostel to check in. One of the best spots to just sit and take it in is by the fire pit in back of the hostel, especially if it’s with old and new friends to have good conversation as the sun sets.
Have you really spent time at the ocean if you haven’t watch the golden, egg-yolk orb sink behind the horizon? There’s something about seeing the sun go down at the end of the day, like you’re truly alive and part of this spinning plane. Catch it from the fire pit, or while sitting at one of the benches next to the lighthouse, and make sure that for the final few minutes you put your phone down and just take it all in without a lens.