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We’re the newest member of the USA Hostels family….but we’ve been a big part of Ocean Beach life for 20 years, formerly known as Ocean Beach International Hostel or OBI, for short. 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 every Thursday, Friday and Saturday 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!


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 (Thursday – Saturday) and Ocean Beach to Gaslamp District (Sunday)
  • 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


  • Cowles Mountain Hike
  • Tijuana Walking Tour
  • Beach Bonfire
  • Yoga at the Beach


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


  • Shuttle from OB-DT
  • Yoga at the Beach
  • $5 Family BBQ
  • $1 Karaoke at Winstons

USA Hostels Ocean Beach Awards

  • 2018


    Certificate of Excellence Trip Advisor
  • 2017


    #8 Best Large Hostel Worldwide Hostelworld
  • 2017


    Guest Review Award Booking.com
  • 2016


    Certificate of Excellence Trip Advisor
  • 2015


    Guest Review Award Booking.com
  • 2014


    Certificate of Excellence Trip Advisor


“Absolutely love this place! If you're looking to have an amazing time with amazing people from all over the World then you got to check out USA hostels in Ocean Beach California. About 40 bucks a night 4shared a person dorm. Very inexpensive traveling option especially here in California. Place is extremely clean comfy beds free breakfast in the morning, and if you want, a Non-Stop party. I met some amazing people from France, Germany, Finland, England and I've built connections for life. I will definitely return!”

iTripAdviseYou - California - September 15, 2018 - TripAdvisor

“The best hostel in San Diego! I’ve stayed in a private room, just like a hotel. Clean, very well organized, very nice crew. Excellent neighborhood. The hostel offers some nice programs like bike ride , yoga, karaoke . I’ve had the best bike ride of my life in the coast , helped by Pedro, one of the hostel staff guy.”

Luciane D - Porto Alegre - September 16, 2018 - TripAdvisor

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