First, the bad news: Caltrans and the California Highway Patrol have closed U.S. Highway 1 between Pacifica and Montara indefinitely, due to two "slip-outs" in the road. But the good news is that our Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel is still easily accessible from the North and East Bays via Highway 92 (from the south, Highway 1 remains open). Even better, for those in the know this is a rare opportunity to enjoy Montara and Half Moon Bay without the usual tourist crowds!
Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific, the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel is a perfect base for exploring the coast, and the gray whale northern migration season from March through May is a terrific time of year to stay there. Watch the majestic animals spout, sound, spy-hop, and breach from the boardwalk behind the fog signal building. The gray whale makes one of the longest mammalian migrations, averaging 10,000-14,000 miles round-trip, and mothers and calves travel very near shore on their northbound route.
Montara State Beach is a popular spot for sunbathing, strolling, nature study, and picnicking, and several other nearby beaches are perfect for swimming, surfing, kayaking, horseback riding, or windsurfing.
At the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, a spectacular four-mile stretch of protected California coastline, a colorful array of starfish, crabs, mussels, abalone, sea anemones, and other marine animals are exposed and visible in tide pools during low tide.
The Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel is also just a few miles north of Half Moon Bay, a picturesque coastal town that boasts renowned restaurants, fresh local produce, family-friendly farms, quaint shops, historic buildings, art galleries, and beaches along a unique rocky shoreline.
Take advantage of the break in Highway 1 tourist traffic and get away to Montara and Half Moon Bay!
Stay at the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel.