Skip to content

Things to do in Montara

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Peruvian Restaurant
$$$
“Our favorite restaurant! Incredible views over the ocean at sunset. Enjoy a Pisco Sour on the patio before Peruvian dinner. Reservations recommended–ask for a table next to the window!”
  • 44 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Steps required up and down. Great for sea shell collecting and observing surf and kite surfers. Typically windy. Bring layers. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Hands down the most beautiful beach around!! Parking is across the highway so you have to be extremely careful crossing but it’s worth it!”
  • 16 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Great place to pick up sandwiches for a day hike or day at the beach. They offer a breakfast menu too.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Café
“Local Montara coffee shop within walking distance. They have pastries as well. Sit here in the mornings and enjoy a cup with friends.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Lighthouse
“Great views, walk around the hostel and read up on the history of the place. Coffee shop and gift shop!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Park
“There are a number of trails here with great views of the ocean. The Gray Whale Cove Trail is easier 2 mile round trip. Montara Mountain Trail is 7-10 mile round trip walk up to the 1898 foot North Peak summit of Montara Mountain.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Park
“Miles and Miles of Hiking. Views of the whole bay area from the peak of Montara Mountain.”
  • 1 local recommends
Trail
“One of Jes' favorite trials. Hike to the top for 360 degree views of the Bay Area. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Lodging
“Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific, the historic Point Montara Lighthouse is set against the dramatic and breathtaking scenery of the California coast. Secret tip: If the tide is low, pass the hostel and go down the dirt path to a magical and hidden beach.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Natural Feature
Point of Interest
“Beautiful beach to walk on, don't try swimming, v. dangerous waves + rip tide. Watch big wave surfers tear it up. Mavericks, the largest break in North America, is 3 miles away if you're into surfing.”
  • 1 local recommends
Seafood Restaurant
$$$

Top restaurants

Peruvian Restaurant
“Our favorite restaurant! Incredible views over the ocean at sunset. Enjoy a Pisco Sour on the patio before Peruvian dinner. Reservations recommended–ask for a table next to the window!”
  • 44 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Great place to pick up sandwiches for a day hike or day at the beach. They offer a breakfast menu too.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant

Get to know Montara

Explore more on Airbnb