What is Hostelling?
Originating in Europe, hostels provide travelers of all ages an inexpensive, friendly atmosphere for spending the night. There are nearly 200 Hostelling International hostels from coast to coast. Hostellers provide their own linens and clean up after themselves; it is this self-help system which allows hostels to be inexpensive and to offer a friendly, cooperative spirit. Groups will discover that hostelling strengthens their programs. Day use for groups is available for an additional fee.
The Pigeon Point Hostel
The Pigeon Point Lighthouse hostel is operated by the Golden Gate Council of Hostelling International, a nonprofit membership organization, with cooperation from the California Department of Parks and Recreation and the United States Coast Guard.
In 1960 the US Coast Guard built four, three-bedroom houses next to the lighthouse. Today, through the efforts of Hostelling International, these structures offer overnight lodging for up to 50 hostellers of all ages. Each house has three male or female bunkrooms; separate bunkrooms may be reserved for families and couples. Guests share bathrooms with hot showers, fully-equipped kitchens and living rooms. Meeting space is available.
Hostel Information can be obtained at HI-Pigeon Point Lighthouse
Located 50 miles south of San Francisco and 26 miles north of Santa Cruz just off Highway One, you can't miss the 115-foot lighthouse five miles south of the Pescadero turnoff. No public transportation is available.
210 Pigeon Point Rd./Highway One
Pescadero, CA 94060
Northern Elephant Seals - Visit the only mainland breeding colony of this 4,000 pound marine mammal at Año Nuevo State Reserve, 7 miles south of Pigeon Point on Highway One.
Redwood Forests - Hike through majestic redwoods at Butano State Park, 6 miles east, and other nearby parks. Explore tidepools and windswept beaches, watch for migrating whales (Dec.- May), or visit nearby Pescadero Marsh.
Montara Lighthouse - 30 miles north. Call: 650-728-7177
San Francisco-Fort Mason - 52 miles north. Call: 415-771-7277
San Francisco-Downtown - 52 miles north. Call: 415-788-5604
Other Hostels and HI Membership
To find out about other hostels, and HI membership, contact the Golden Gate Council at 415-863-1444.
*Every effort has been made to present accurate hostel information on this Web page. However, we are unable to guarantee accurate hostel operation, schedule, and/or fee information.