Two of the most prominent and historic lighthouses in California are located in the Bay Area, in close proximity to Half Moon Bay. They still dominate the landscape, both with a rich history going back over 100 years. When you visit these California Bay Area lighthouses you can get a sense of what it was like when they were needed for ship navigation.

What’s most inspiring is the landscape they occupy, beautifully preserved beaches and ocean bluffs teeming with wildlife. These Bay Area lighthouses are a must see for Northern California tourists, photographers, and anyone who appreciates amazing natural landscapes.

Pigeon Point Lighthouse

(650) 879-0633
Pescadero, California

One of the tallest and most-photographed lighthouses in the United States, established in 1872. Hostelling International USA provides affordable accommodations for travelers of any age in the restored lighthouse keepers housing. History buffs can get free guided walks provided by State Park docents on the weekends. As your driving around the Bay Area Coastside, this lighthouse can be seen from miles away.

Point Montara Lighthouse

(650) 728-7177
Montara, California

Only 25 miles south of San Francisco, this historic lighthouse established in 1875 is still being used by the U.S. Coastguard. The lighthouse is also very close to Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, one of California’s natural wonders. Your stay in the Bay Area can also be at the  accompanying hostel that provides both shared and private rooms for anyone wanting the full experience.

Don’t miss out on these amazing structures that have graced the landscape for over a century. Your trip to the California Bay Area can encompass the romantic and adventurous spirit of these beautiful and photogenic lighthouses.