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Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel
Ocean-front lodging, less expensive than traditional hotels...
Nature is calling, and all you have to do is answer... to a refreshing ocean breeze, and the mesmerizing crashing of waves. Located on gorgeous, shore-crested Highway 1 near Pescadero, California, Pigeon Point Hostel welcomes you. Rates are easy on the wallet - especially considering that your lodging overlooks a phenomenal ocean view.
Pigeon Point Hostel, an affiliate of Hostel International, is located at the same site as the Pigeon Point Lighthouse, specifically called the Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park. Its tower,115 feet tall, along with Point Arena, is California’s tallest lighthouse. Four small houses, once used to house Coast Guard personnel, now accommodate guests who want to combine oceanfront lodging with a reasonable price tag. Guests may choose to stay in dorm style rooms for the lowest price, or opt for private rooms at a more moderate rate. Even the moderate rates for private rooms are not as expensive as a traditional hotel room overlooking the ocean.
The prices for dorm style rooms are per-person. The prices for private rooms include double occupancy and can accommodate families with children. Children under 12, in the dorm style rooms, are half price. Guests will need to purchase a yearly or daily HI (Hostel International) membership, which is available at the front desk for $3.00 daily, or $28.00 annual. Also, a security fee is required at check-in, where guests will also attain a code for the lodging area.
Getting to know Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel
Lighthouse named after shipwreck.
This historical lighthouse, built in 1872, derived its name from the shipwreck of a clipper vessel. On January 28, 1853, Captain Azariah Doane boarded the 175-foot clipper vessel called the Carrier Pigeon. She was to begin her maiden voyage from Boston, going by way of Cape Horn, and on to San Francisco. She managed to survive the treacherous waters of the Cape but fell to her fate on the eve of June 6, 1853, near Santa Cruz, California. That night, the fog had presented itself as a formidable foe, making navigation treacherous and nearly impossible. The Captain carefully attempted to seek the safety of land; however, sharp, rugged rocks scraped the vessel's hull, and water began to fill the vessel. Captain Doane had badly underestimated his proximity, and the sea had proven relentless, causing the Carrier Pigeon to run aground. Due to the combination of repeated rock scraping, a gaping hull, and the harsh elements, the vessel succumbed to the chambers of the sea, having only been 500 feet from shore. The Captain and his crew survived, but the vessel would never voyage again.
A little lighthouse history
At sunset, on November 15, 1872, the lighthouse was lit for the first time by Thomas J. Winship. The stunning, first-order Fresnel lens was considered the most powerful of its time, comprised of 1,008 separate lenses and prisms, six feet in diameter, eight and one-half feet high, approximately three tons, and over 500,000 candlepower. Its characterization ( flashing pattern - every lighthouse has its own) was one white flash every ten seconds, meaning the beam made a full rotation every four minutes.
Around 1929, the lighthouse switched to electricity, utilizing a powerful one thousand watt bulb that provided 680,000 candlepower. In 1972, the Coast Guard switched to a 24 inch aero beacon (used by airports), and eventually changed to an even smaller beacon. By 1974, Pigeon Point lighthouse became automated, bidding farewell to generations of hard, manual labor.
- Four cottages accommodate up to fifty-two lodgers
- Bed linens, included, or bring your own sheets - $1.00 discount from your total stay.
- Shared Bathrooms, With Showers
- Full Kitchens
- Cozy Living Rooms
- Hot Tub with cliff-side view of ocean ($8.00 per half hour, minimum two people)
- Free Wi-Fi
First visit, Pigeon Point Lighthouse
Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel
- San Simeon, Hearst Castle
- Elephant Seal Reserve
- Butano State Park
- Miles of Beaches, Migrating Whale Watching
- Tide pools
Directions: 210 Pigeon Point Road, Pescadero, Ca 94060 - 50 miles south of San Francisco and 26 miles north of Santa Cruz
Visitor Information - 650-879-0633 / Visitor Center Thursday-Monday 10am-4pm
Park Hours: 8am-4pm, weather permitting
Visit Pigeon Point Lighthouse Hostel's official website for complete information on rates and amenities. http://www.norcalhostels.org/pigeon/rates