HI - Point Reyes Hostel, Point Reyes

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A stay at HI - Point Reyes Hostel is like taking a trip back to childhood and reliving summer camp -- you can take hikes, meet bunk mates, play on the beach, and discover life beyond cell phones.

The Location

Imagine a scenic area surrounded by hills of waving beach grass, no one else for miles around, and a path leading to the Pacific Ocean. The area's so unique and beautiful that the United States has designated it as the only National Seashore on the west coast. This is the kind of location you're privileged to have at HI - Point Reyes Hostel. Because of its remote location, a car is the only way of getting there, unless you're a very avid hiker or cyclist. There are nearby car rental companies for those traveling without their own, and parking is available onsite.

Rooms and Bathrooms

You can choose among gender-specific, coed, or private rooms. Dorms are very spacious. The wooden bunk beds feature memory foam mattresses next to nightstands with desk lamps. Password-protected locks on the buildings help keep the premises secure and your items safe.

Bathrooms are located in or near the dorm rooms and are well designed, appearing to have everything you need, right down to hooks and benches in the changing area. Bath towels are available for free upon request, and the paper hand towels have a special bin in which to be composted.

Common Spaces

Point Reyes has several common spaces to enjoy. The main building has a lobby with seating area and a library, with an adjoining kitchen and dining room. There's also a place to eat on the front porch. The outbuildings have living rooms as well. Because this hostel attracts nature lovers, the best common space is probably the entire surrounding area that makes up Point Reyes National Seashore. One beach is less than two miles away!

The hostel's recycling and compost programs are especially impressive. They make it very easy to have a zero-waste trip, and they also have eco-friendly features such as a kitchen full of washable dishware, organic loose-leaf tea for sale, and the peacefulness that comes from being surrounded by acres of natural landscape.

It may be a shock at first that the hostel has no Wi-Fi and little-to-no cell service, but being "unplugged" is part of what makes this hostel great. Being the only accommodations on the National Seashore, it attracts a wide range of people that you may not expect at other hostels.


Point Reyes National Seashore can be a vacation in itself, or an overnight stop along another trip such as San Francisco or the Redwoods. You can find kitschy inns and B&Bs outside of the park, but HI - Point Reyes Hostel and backwoods camping are the only accommodation options within the park. Nestled in a great location at an even better price, the choice is clear -- staying at HI - Point Reyes Hostel is the way to go!

Jessica Lippe
United States
Driveway Kitchen Dining room Outbuilding Dorms Female dorm Living room Couch and view Bathroom

This Hostel was totally awesome! The staff were nice of course until that lady came out only wearing a towel and started yelling at my friends and I for making too much noise. But the dude there was cool and we got to know some interesting people. The view is great with a big window in the common rooms to view it. I would suggest trying to get the bunkhouse because the girls bathroom in the main place just wasn't natural. The kitchen was clean and they provided dishes and stuff. But all together the place felt safe and was great for playing capture the flag.


My friends and I were at the end of a very wet, very cold, three-day backpacking trip when we stumbled upon the hostel. Bob, the manager, was nice enough to let us in, dry off, and get something warm to eat and drink. He also gave us a lift to the visitor center to pick up our ride home (a nightmare of and in itself). Franse (I'm probably not spelling that right, but think the country) was really awesome as well, keeping the tea cups full for us. All in all it was a great positive experience to cap off an otherwise tiresome trip through the National Seashore. I'd recommend to anyone, from anywhere in the world, to come and stay there. The hospitality is great, the scenery is breathtaking, and the environment is casual and welcoming.

Robert Predosa

HI - Point Reyes, a wheelchair-accessible hostel, is situated in an very green environment relatively far away from Point Reyes. It is very useful to have a car when going to the hostel because there is no public bus service going to the hostel. If you have a car and a good map it takes you about fifteen minutes from Point Reyes to go to the hostel. It's too far to go there on foot. If you can't find it, ask the old man in the only petrol station in Point Reyes -- he is very gifted in directing you to the hostel.

It's a relatively small hostel with only two rooms -- one for men, the other one for women. There aren't any shared dorms. In each room there are ten beds, but no real wardrobes. Next to the women's dorm you can find a bathroom with two showers and two toilets (only for women). The men also have a separate bathroom with two showers and two toilets right across the hall.

The hostel has an area with sofas and a relatively huge kitchen for everybody's use. The kitchen is fully equipped with a stove and dishes. There is a separate little dinning room with two wooden tables and benches. They also have a little veranda to sit on during warmer months. It is not a super modern hostel, but it's clean.

If you are guest in this hostel you should be prepared to help the staff with its work (including separating and bringing away the rubbish). The hostel is closed from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for cleaning. Office hours are from 7:30 to 10 a.m. and 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. During this time you aren't allowed to stay in the hostel. Also, alcohol is not allowed in the hostel.

From the youth hostel it takes you about twenty minutes to go to the Point Reyes Lighthouse, where in the winter months you can watch grey whales passing by. The location of the hostel is ideal if you like nature and hiking, and if you are lucky you can see elks.

Thomas Markwirth

This is a great place to stay and relax! There are two housing structures, one of which is the main house. The other structure is separate and it's great for groups. I traveled with a group of high school seniors (I'm one of them) from Sacramento for three days and two nights. The youth hostel was in an excellent location for the hiking that we had to do to collect water samples from different areas. The hostel was calm and remote and a group of about 23 students and four teachers went. Unfortunately there were three extra girls and not enough beds. So three of us slept out on the couches. We slept fine and it was a pretty cool view out the windows as the sun is setting. The couches however, need to be either fixed or replaced. The one next to the stairs that I slept on had the center springs missing and was a little uncomfortable. The weather at this time or year was great and I even went swimming in the ocean. I recommend this hostel to anyone looking to have fun and to enjoy himself or herself.

Ps. They provide barbecues, showers, heating, and also pillows and blankets. This place is great! If anybody has any questions you can contact me at poolerbear87@wmconnect.com or poolerbear6@yaoo.com. I would be happy to answer questions about my visit.

Janelle Pooler

This place has a great location, fascinating hiking trails, a gorgeous beach, loads of wildlife, and a lighthouse near by. The house has a rustic ambiance. It was tidy, but it could use some elbow-grease and repairs. We were the first to check in for the day. I selected a lower bunk near a window in the women's dorm, main house, and my friend was in the top bunk. We laid our sleeping bags and pillows out on the bunks, put our ditty bags under our pillows, and went for a walk. When we returned, we found our sleeping bags piled up on a bunk against a far wall near the door. My sleeping bag cover was missing, along with other small toiletry items. Another guest, a woman (about 50) from San Francisco, let all the women in the dorm know that she frequented the location on weekends, and she had moved our belongings. According to her, the bunk I originally selected was reserved for her. She attempted to direct everyone's movements and conversations, including when we could get up in the morning. My friend and I got up at 8 a.m. to take our showers and prepare for a great day of exploring. The woman followed my friend and me into the bathroom and told us we could not take a shower because she wanted to return to sleep, and the sound of the water would disturb her. Another guest in the bathroom was intimidated by her and returned to her bunk. My friend and I gently and quietly put her in her place, and reported the incident to the staff. The staff were nice. We did get to meet some interesting folks from around the works, and had a wonderful visit to the coast of California.


A beautiful, quiet refuge from city life. I enjoyed the miles of hiking trails, the gorgeous beach, and lots of birds, deer, and other wildlife along the trails. It has a great kitchen for cooking, and a friendly staff. Great hostel!


This hostel is just a gem! It's situated in a national park, next to some incredible hiking trails. You're guaranteed to see a plethora of wildlife here. The group house is awesome! It takes a while to get here, but it's well worth it!


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HI - Point Reyes Hostel Reviews from the Web

It was great! Near alot of places we wanted to see and very comfortable for our group of 8.



HI-Point Reyes is two miles from the ocean in a secluded valley on Point Reyes National Seashore, known for its abundant flora and fauna, including bobcats, fox, deer and elk, harbor seals, and sea lions. The varied habitat, unique coastal climate, and location draw a rich and diverse array of breeding and migrating birds. Point Reyes National Seashore juts far out into the path of migrating gray whales, and Point Reyes Lighthouse, 25 miles from the hostel, is the best place in the Bay Area for whale watching January-April. Bear Valley Visitor Center, eight miles away, has informative displays on the area's geological, natural, and native history. Hiking trails leave from the hostel grounds.

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Location and Contact


• Point Reyes is about 40 miles outside of San Francisco.
• Directions By Car: From flashing traffic light in Olema, go north 200 yards on California Hwy. 1, turn left on Bear Valley Road, go 1-1/2 miles to second possible left turn, go 5-1/2 miles to first crossroad and turn left.
• Directions By Airport: From SFO: 50 miles. Take Hwy 101 north to SF. Follow Hwy 101 through SF, cross the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue north on Hwy 101 to the Sir Francis Drake Blvd. exit. Take a left, and follow Sir Francis Drake Blvd. west to Olema/Hwy 1. Take a right on Hwy 1 (north); very shortly, turn left on Bear Valley Road, go 1-1/2 miles to second possible left turn, go 5-1/2 miles to first crossroad and turn left.



Address: 1390 Limantour Spit Road, Point Reyes, California, USA

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Website HI - Point Reyes Hostel Point Reyes www.pointreyeshostel.org
Phone Number: +1 (415) 663-8811
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Female Solo Traveller

Groups (10+ people)



Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage

BBQ Grill

Board Games

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking

Hair Dryers

Hot Showers


Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Swimming Pool

Yoga Classes

Wheelchair Accessible

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Service Animals

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 7:30 AM - 10 AM & 4:30 PM - 9:30 PM (07:30-10:00 & 16:30-22:30)

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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