Perched on a 35-foot high cliff on the central California coast, some 50 miles south of San Francisco, Pigeon Point Lighthouse is one of the tallest lighthouses in America. Resembling a typical New England structure, the 115-foot white masonry tower of Pigeon Point Lighthouse was built in 1871 to guide ships along the rugged coastline of the Pacific, and this historic 115-foot beacon of light is still an active U.S. Coast Guard aid to navigation. The lighthouse and the land around have been preserved as a California State Park known as Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park, designated as both a California Historical Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Now guests can experience the lighthouse from comfortable, affordable lodgings in four houses set just beside the lighthouse. Pigeon Point Lighthouse offers cozy indoor lounges and fully equipped kitchens for self-catering, as well as modern amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet for convenience.

The lighthouse is ideally situated for exploring and experiencing the pristine natural beauty of the area, with its beautiful beaches and sandy coves, tidal pools and oceanfront boardwalks, ancient redwood forests, and breeding grounds for myriad wildlife and birds. Abundant with wildlife, the coastal areas surrounding Pigeon Point Light Station offer excellent seal and whale-watching.

1.Rooms & Suites

Rooms & Suites
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Operated by the Golden Gate of Hostelling International, The Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel offers overnight lodging for up to 50 hostellers of all ages in the four, three-bedroom houses next to the lighthouse that was built by the US Coast Guard in 1960. Each house has three male or female dormitory-style rooms with bunk beds, as well as separate dormitory-style rooms for families and couples. Guests share bathrooms with flushing toilets and hot showers, as well as fully-equipped kitchens, and comfortably furnished living rooms. Meeting spaces are available for gatherings and special events.

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In addition to comfortable hostel-style accommodations, hostel guests can revel in an ocean side hot tub perched on the coast and soak up breathtaking views of languid Pacific harbor seals, migrating gray whales, and soaring brown pelicans. The surrounding Pigeon Point Park also has restrooms near the parking lot and limited picnic tables. A park store is located in the historic carpenter's shop, and a small public beach is located close to the main parking lot.

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3.Plan Your Visit

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Guests staying at the Pigeon Point Lighthouse can enjoy free docent-led guided history walks with State Parks staff on the weekends, whale watching from the coastline and bird-watching at the nearby Pescadero Marsh bird sanctuary. They can also explore the nearby coastal communities, Butano State Park’s ancient redwood forests, and a northern elephant seals’ breeding site at Ano Nuevo State Reserve.

210 Pigeon Point Rd, Pescadero, CA 94060, USA, Phone: 650-879-0633

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