Located in Montara, California is Montara State Beach just minutes from State Route 1. It is also eight miles from Half Moon Bay to the north. The California State Department of Parks and Recreation runs the facility, under the direction of the San Mateo Coast Sector Office. Many find the beach to be one of the cleanest in the state. There are two access points, a lighthouse which is a hostel, and the state allows dogs as long as they are on leashes.
Montara State Beach is well known for its surfing and fishing. They do not allow fireworks or fires on the beach. Hiking, biking, and horseback trails are available though. Restaurants and grocery stores are nearby the beach to make it easy for visitors to find places to dine or have a picnic on the beach. The hostel was created by an international nonprofit organization to provide cheap accommodations for travelers.
Part of Montara State Beach is Montara Mountain. This mountain is at the northern area of Santa Cruz Mountains and is one of the few undisturbed coastal mountains. There is a habitat of several different species of animals and plants running up the 100 miles of coast.