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
“This place looks like a throw back to the 60's and I love that! What I didn't expect was how comfortable and welcoming the place is! The back and side patio/yoga/dining spaces were beautiful. The art and little touches everywhere made me smile. ”
“This is my second time staying here and I couldn’t be more pleased. It’s a great location- so close to the beach, the staff is always warm welcoming and helpful. This is also hands down one of the newest feeling and cleanest hostels I’ve stayed in. And on top of all that, the great community events they have really help bring everyone together in a social and comfortable way. I’m going to stay here every time I come to San Diego!”