A Lighthouse Oasis on the California Coast: Point Montara


After six weeks of being on the road on our American road trip, we were utterly exhausted and really needed a place to chill for a while before embarking on ‘stage two’. I suggested a place I stayed at when I was in the states ten years ago: a lighthouse hostel perched on cliff tops overlooking the Pacific Ocean.



California coast

© Quiet Wanderings. All photography by Cherina Hadley. California Coast


Big Sur on Highway One in California

© Quiet Wanderings.  California coast scenic drive: Big Sur along California’s Highway One


In my memory it was near perfection but nowhere can be that good, right? Your own private beach at your doorstep, falling asleep to waves crashing against the cliffs below…a relaxing place to revive the spirit before we moved on.


Point montara lighthouse California

© Quiet Wanderings.Point Montara lighthouse – California


We booked for five nights and when we arrived it was just as I remembered. My travel companion was speechless. Almost.

“It exactly as you described it! I thought you had to be exaggerating.”



montara state beach

© Quiet Wanderings. Montara State Beach


Our lighthouse retreat was just what we needed. We spent days lazing on the beach, browsing the farmers markets, drinking coffee, eating organic food, reading, walking, cooking…and breathing in that good old salty air! All in the name of travel.

And now we are ready for the second part of our journey….it’s not quite the red convertible I dreamed of, but the Suzuki has a full tank of gas and we are hitting the road!


© Quiet Wanderings.


Lighthouse Retreat
The Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel is located about 25 miles south of San Francisco in the coastal town of Montara. The offer both dormitory style and private room options. 


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