This 3000 person community looks & feels like what you would expect from a small, beautiful, remote coastal town. It was founded around the turn of the century on a portion of the old land grant, Rancho Corral de Tierra, by Harr Wagner, a San Francisco publisher. It is only 20 mile commute South of San Francisco. Now that the Devil's slide tunnel is completed Montara is much more convenient, especially to the city.
Point Montara Light House
To the south of town is a stunning little old light house and beach. This rugged, dramatic secluded setting is now the Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel. You can walk around the historic lighthouse grounds, established in 1875 after more than 90 vessels had run aground. Take some time to investigate the small hidden beach cove below with its interesting rock pools. Enjoy some time sitting on the bluff bench overlooking the ocean. During the right time of year (December- May) you may even see whales offshore migrating from the Artic to Baja and back.
Montara State Beach
Just to the north of town is a lovely state beach. Dogs are allowed on leash and there are volleyball nets for beach volley ball games. At the south end of the beach you can climb up a steep narrow path to an area to enjoy the beautiful natural beauty of the coast. Whale Cove State Beach is about a mile further north of Montara. Across the highway from this beach is Gray Whale Cove Trail, this is one of the best short hikes on the coast. It offers a good vantage point for whale watching. You can start at the parking lot to take the spectacular 8-mile round trip Montara Mountain Hike to the summit as well.
On the north side of town at the north end of LeConte Ave is a trail head entering the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and McNee Ranch State Park a little further north. Montara is a great place for hiking and enjoying the outdoors.
La Costanera Peruvian Restaurant
8150 Cabrillo Hwy
Gherkins Sandwich Shop
171 7th St Montara
Here Come the Sun Coffee House
8455 N. Cabrillo Hwy
Montara Cafe & Bakery
1400 Main Street