Point Montara Lighthouse, California: Photo


I grew up near the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse at the most south westerly point of Australia so I guess it makes sense that I have always had a bit of a fascination with lighthouses.

The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse shines it’s light towards a point where the Indian and Southern Oceans intersect and as kids we used to try to distinguish the imaginary line that divided them.


Point Montara Lighthouse, California

Point Montara Lighthouse, California



25 miles south of San Francisco on the California coast is the Point Montara Lighthouse  – it stands on rugged cliffs that brace against the pounding waves of the Pacific ocean; a dramatic scenic bluff, that when I first visited in 2000 quite literally took my breath away.


The historic Point Montara Lighthouse has been operational since 1875 and was originally a fog signal station to prevent ships running aground.


Falling asleep to the sounds of waves crashing against these cliffs is such a treat and is possible if you stay at the hostel housed in the buildings of old lighthouse keepers quarters. Returning for a second visit last year reminded me why I loved this place so much the first time around.


A journey up the California coast would be lacking if it did not include at least a brief stop at this wonderful place…preferably at sunset with a glass of wine at hand…



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    Budget Jan Dec 3 2012 - 1:54 pm Reply

    I do love light houses and I have been to Cape Leeuwin. W.A. is full of beautiful places.
    Many years ago we stayed in Tintagel youth hostel, which was cut into the top of Glebe Cliff, Cornwall. It was super scary because there was a Force 10 gale blowing at the time and the sea spray was forcing its way through the windows of the hostel – on the top of a 100 ft. cliff! We had to squish towels along the window ledge to stop the water coming in.
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      Quiet Wanderings Dec 12 2012 - 4:09 pm Reply

      Wow that actually sounds fabulous to me, Jan – although yes, a little scary. I love wild storms, especially by the sea.

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