For those times when I need a quick escape from the city, Point Montara Lighthouse is the perfect coastal destination. It’s a mere 45 minutes away from San Francisco, but feels like a completely new world. Sitting on the rugged coastline near Half Moon Bay, Point Montara Lighthouse was established in 1875 as a signal station, but was turned into a hostel in 1980. It’s the perfect spot for visitors or residents alike to enjoy the natural wonders nearby, including several beaches, horseback riding, and hiking.
The main office is literally the quaintest house ever. The hostel part where guests sleep was formerly the Coast Guard Family Quarters, built in the 1960s. Unfortunately like most lighthouses I’ve been to, the actual lighthouse is closed to the public.
Although I’ve never been to Ireland, this is what I imagine Ireland might look like from seeing pictures. Moody gray skies, lush green grass, and rolling hills. Really quite romantic.
They have two self-service kitchens, so you can whip up a cup of coffee then head out to the lookout point. Walk along the beach and let all the nature seep in.
For animal lovers, Point Montara Lighthouse is always a great place to see wildlife. If you’re lucky, you might spot a whale or dolphin during December to May! During low tide, sea stars, barnacles, and anemones might even wash up on the shore.
After heading to Point Montara Lighthouse, you can also head to the cozy little town of Pescadero, where you can get fresh cheese and meet goats at Harley Goat Farm and pick up a piping hot loaf of artichoke bread from Arcangeli Grocery Co! The perfect day trip.
Point Montara Lighthouse
8800 Cabrillo Hwy
Montara, CA 94037