Home to the Point Montara Lighthouse, a California state park, the town of Montara is 20 minutes from the San Francisco Airport and 30 minutes south of downtown San Francisco. The town is surrounded by open space and a popular recreation area includes Montara State Beach. The nearly mile long stretch of sand drops steeply into the ocean making it hazardous for swimming. It is, however, a fairly popular surfing destination for experienced surfers. 10-15+ ft. waves can be common during winter storm swells.
Furthermore, the Montara State Marine Reserve & Pillar Point State Marine Conservation Area extend offshore from Montara. Like underwater parks, these marine protected areas help conserve ocean wildlife and marine ecosystems.