This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Montara. To help you make friends with Montara before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Montara, in San Mateo County in California, has an estimated population of just under three thousand inhabitants, so it's surprising you would be able to find a hostel here, but it is a minor tourism destination. There are several historical sources pointing to the origin of the city’s name, but there is one that has particularly stood out. According to the city’s historical records, the name “Montoro” was used when a geological survey was conducted in California in the late nineteenth century. Historians believe that the name was derived from a misspelling of another Spanish word describing the mountains and forests of California until it eventually became Montara.
The total land area of Montara measures at just under four square miles. It is situated close to other famous neighboring towns such as Moss Beach, Half Moon Bay, El Granada, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz. The geographic location and features of Montara make it a popular destination for tourists and even locals driving up from nearby towns. There are several mountains and peaks around the city where hikers and mountain climbers often go exploring. Meanwhile, there is a bounty of recreation areas -- Montara State Beach is one of those frequented by tourists. But since the sand drops steeply, it is not a good spot for swimming. Several experienced surfers like to surf in the area, though.
Another reason tourists flock to Montara and look for a hostel here all year round is the mild weather, which is typical of Northern California; you can expect heavy fog and light drizzle from time to time, though, because of its proximity to the Pacific Ocean.
Montara has this relaxed and laid-back vibe and this is also reflected in the city’s accommodation options. There are no hotels in Montara, but there is quite an assortment of Montara hostels, inns, and bed-and-breakfasts for guests looking to feel at home even while on vacation. For a reasonable price, visitors can expect quality accommodation, free breakfast compliments, an exquisite view of the California coast nearby, and most of the facilities available to top quality hotels.
Written by local enthusiast for Montara hostelsAngelica Burrage