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Voted in 2019 the #1 hostel in the USA* and the #2 hostel in North America*, we are proud of this colorful gem near the ocean.

We’re the newest member of the USA Hostels family….but we’ve been a big part of Ocean Beach life for more than 20 years. The spirit and fun, the crazy colorful paint job and the famous peace sign still remain, but the inside is shiny new, complete with USA Hostels’ signature ‘privacy pods’ and a new patio chill out space.

All you need when you stay with us is a swimsuit and sunscreen – we loan free beach chairs, umbrellas, towels, mats, Frisbees and paddle ball sets. We even have coolers to keep those beach beverages icy cold. Wanna try out surfing? We have surfboards and body boards for a low rental cost.

Our FREE shuttle to popular local destinations sets us apart and gives added value to our hostel. Running several days each week, we provide a round-trip La Jolla Cove shuttle where guests can get some great pictures of sea lions hanging out on the beach. We also have a drop-off ONLY service every Sunday from our OB location to the Zoo, Balboa Park, and our sister location downtown in the Gaslamp district. Just to be clear, we do not offer rides back to our hostel but can absolutely provide our guests with return directions and suggestions for fun activities!

We not only fill your days with options, but you can also join us for our twice weekly beach bonfires with good old’ American ‘smores’ and hotdogs.

And, if the cozy warmth of the fire gets you feeling musical, you can borrow one of our guitars, tambourines or bongos and get to singin’ campfire songs. We also have beer pong tournaments and a seasonal foam party.

Did you know that we are one of the most instagrammable hostels in the WORLD!

18+ ONLY guests

*Award by Hostelworld.com


4961 Newport Ave,  San Diego, CA 92107

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Tel: +1-619-223-7873

Toll-free in the US and Canada: 1-800-339-7263

Email: oceanbeach@usahostels.com


  • Daily breakfast of bagels, fresh fruit, oatmeal, juice, coffee, and tea
  • Shuttle to La Jolla and Ocean Beach to Gaslamp District
  • Beach chairs, towels and mats,  beach umbrellas and coolers
  • Wifi and use of tablets
  • Security lockers in all dorm rooms
  • Surfboard storage
  • Paddle ball, frisbees, volleyballs, soccer balls, and board games
  • Bed linens, and towels on request
  • Day-storage of luggage after check out
  • Washing powder for our onsite laundry


  • Privacy pods with shelf, bed light and power outlet
  • Twice weekly beach bonfire with free smores
  • Inexpensive surfboard and body board rentals
  • Discounted wetsuit rental and surf lessons
  • Weekly beer pong tournament
  • Discounted harbor and whale watching cruises and bike rentals
  • Expansive patio with boardgames, hammocks and cable tv
  • An array of musical instruments to get your groove on
  • Fully-equipped guest kitchen
  • Private rooms with duvets, cable tv, mp3 player


  • Ocean Beach Wednesday Night Farmer’s Market

    The Ocean Beach Farmer’s market is every Wednesday evening from 4pm-8pm right outside our doors. The OB Farmer’s market has something for everyone, including fresh produce, food trucks, arts and crafts, and live music. Don’t miss out on this awesome community event!

  • Monday Coastal Bike Ride

    Join us every Monday afternoon for a beautiful bike ride along the coast! Departing from the hostel in Ocean Beach we proceed to ride through Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, and La Jolla all while taking in and enjoying the boardwalk, shops, and the ocean breeze. This activity starts at noon and is only $15 every Monday!

  • Yoga on the Beach

    Come flow, fly, recharge and start your day off right! Join us for a private yoga session on the beach  every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday! Meet in the lobby at 10am.



  • Coastal Bike Ride
  • Beach Bonfire


  • Taco Tuesday Lunch
  • Sunset Cliffs Walk
  • Patio Party


  • Tijuana Walking Tour
  • Yoga at the Beach
  • Pub Crawl


  • La Jolla Trip
  • $5 Family BBQ
  • Beer Pong Tournament


  • Tijuana Walking Tour
  • Beach Bonfire
  • Yoga at the Beach
  • Pasta & Wine Dinner


  • La Jolla Trip
  • Boogie Board Happy Hour (Free 2hr rental)
  • Pub Crawl


  • Shuttle
  • Yoga at the Beach
  • $5 Family BBQ
  • Patio Party

USA Hostels Ocean Beach Awards

  • 2019


    #1 Hostel in USA Hostelworld
  • 2019


    #2 Hostel in North America Hostelworld
  • 2019


    #7 Best Hostel for Solo Male Travelers Hostelworld
  • 2018


    #8 Best Large Hostel Worldwide Hostelworld


“Lovely vibe, friendly staff, great breakfast and clean, well organized hostel! I loved all the activities and especially the Weds street market!”

Julie, US - Feb. 2020

“Super friendly staff, fun organised activities each day all very well priced, fab location.”

Laura, GB- Feb. 2020

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