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Point Montara Lighthouse

  • 16th St. at Hwy. 1 Map It
  • Montara
  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

The original Point Montara fog signal station was established in 1875. The lighthouse, which originally stood on Cape Cod from 1881 to 1922, was added in 1928, and it still has its original lightkeeper's quarters from the late 1800s; it's the only known lighthouse to have served on both coasts. Gray whales pass this point during their migration from November through April, so bring your binoculars. Visiting hours (9 am to sunset) coincide with morning and afternoon check-in and checkout times at the adjoining youth hostel. Parking is free, but a one-hour time limit is enforced.

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16th St. at Hwy. 1, Montara, California, 94038, USA

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Published 07/06/2016


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