Montara, CA

Located in San Mateo County, California, is the community of Montara, home to some 2900 residents. Montara State Beach is the recreational focal point of the community, known for its tide pools and surf fishing, along with Point Montara Light, the area’s lighthouse that’s been operating since 1925.

The name Montara comes possibly from a misspelling of the Spanish word “Montosa.” Farmers began settling the area in the late 1800’s. During the 1950’s, the area began to see steady growth as the postwar boom enticed people to move here from the San Francisco area. Even so, Montara has retained its rural image, a quality that makes it such an enticing place to buy a home. The moderate climate is also a great reason to live in Montara, as temperatures rarely go below freezing, and summer temperatures stay in the 60’s.

Shopping & Dining in Montara

In and around Montara you’ll find a great variety of shopping and dining options.  For the best gas prices around and a well-rounded selection of wine and beer, Neighborhood Mart is better than the average convenience store. In nearby Moss Beach, you’ll find specialty stores such as Gaia Essentials where you’ll find hand-made soaps and moisturizers and other skin care products.

The dining scene in the Montara area is unique blend of restaurants that reflect the coastal feel.  Where else can you find outstanding Peruvian cuisine than La Costanera, with amazing dishes like red snapper ceviche, a fine selection of wines, French press coffee, and amazing ocean views.  If you’re in the mood for an outstanding sandwich, Gherkin's Sandwich Shop is the perfect solution with all of your classics, along with vegetarian specialties, salads, and the best burgers around. In nearby Moss Beach is Moss Beach Distillery Restaurant, featuring a spectacular view in the outdoor seating area, Sunday brunch, and gluten sensitive options. You can even dine with the family dog on the patio and order from the doggie menu.

Recreation in Montara

Of course the quality the stands out the most about Montara are the amazing beaches and parks.  Montara State Beach is the signature beach of the area and is a perfect beach for exploring the tide pools.  The lighthouse at Point Montara is the iconic historic light that has been guiding sailors for many decades.  McNee Ranch State Park is located on the southern flank of Montara Mountain.  It’s an ideal location for horseback riding, biking, or for a relaxing hike. You can climb to the top of Montara Mountain and take in the breathtaking view of the Bay Area, provided there’s no fog. Located in Moss Beach, you can also enjoy Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, where you can explore and learn about a wide array of organisms, shells, rocks, and driftwood.

Montara Education

The Cabrillo Unified School District cares for the educational needs of students living in Montara. Farallone View Elementary School is the only school located in Montara.  The other schools are located in Half Moon Bay, which consists of Alvin Hatch Elementary School, El Granada Elementary School, Kings Mountain Elementary School, Cunha Intermediate School, Half Moon Bay High School, and Pilarcitos High School.

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