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MONTARA
California, U.S.A.
THE LIGHTHOUSE TOWN
Welcome to Montara, California.
The population of this census-designated place is around 3,000 people, and the area is bordered by Moss Beach and Princeton-by-the-Sea. Originally the name was Montoro for the Montara Mountain and Montara Point. In 1869, the name changed to Montara. It is thought that the word is actually a misspelling of several Spanish words describing mountains, such as montuoso, montaraz, or montana. While Montara had some activity such as a lighthouse, a flower farm, and a US Navy anti-aircraft training center, the area didn't really grow until the 1950's when people migrated from San Francisco during the postwar boom. But even as the modest community has grown beyond it's original size, it is still a very "small town" with much of its original rustic quality and rural image left. In fact, most of Montara's streets were either dirt or gravel until the 90's. Lots of people from San Francisco come here for relaxing weekends, as the area is a mere 20 minutes away from the big city. That's hard to believe when you stroll around this remote, coastal community with only one gas station. Tourists can meander the streets of Montara Town Hill West, a residential neighborhood with a homely ambience and stunning ocean views. On the north side of Montara, you'll find the Faralone View Elementary School, as well as a trail leading to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. If you like unusual animals, head east from the school to Alpacas By the Sea, a ranch home to 65 alcapas. Alcapas are a much smaller version of Ilamas, and they are cute and friendly as they've been domesticated for thousands of years. If you're looking for a place to stay, consider the Point Montara Lighthouse. This place was built in 1875 and is now converted to a beautiful ocean side hostel with all its historic details intact.
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