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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’, new mattresses and linens, secure, clean accommodations, and 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 the most popular San Diego tourist spots also helps make us the best hostel value. Running four days a week we drop off at SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, La Jolla Cove and our sister hostel in the heart of the Gaslamp District. We only offer Airport drop offs!

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

And, if the cozy warmth of the fire gets you feeling musical, you can borrow one of our a guitars, tambourines or bongos and get to singin’ campfire songs. We also have beer pong tournaments and movie nights complete with popcorn. To see what’s happening in fun and unique Ocean Beach, scroll down the page to our “Special Events” section, the ‘Activities’ area or check out our blog or Facebook page.

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 SeaWorld, Zoo, downtown and airport 4 times per week and La Jolla once per week
  • 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 and movie nights with popcorn
  • Discounted San Diego Zoo and Sea World tickets
  • Discounted harbor and whale watching cruises and bike rentals
  • Expansive patio with foozball, boardgames, and cable tv
  • An array of musical instruments to get yer 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
  • Sunset Cliffs Walk
  • Beach Bonfire


  • La Jolla Trip
  • Patio Party


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


  • La Jolla Trip
  • Tijuana Walking Tour
  • $5 Family BBQ
  • Beer Pong Tournament


  • Tijuana Walking Tour
  • Beach Bonfire
  • Yoga at the Beach


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


  • Yoga at the Beach
  • $5 Family BBQ
  • $1 Karaoke @ Winstons

USA Hostels Ocean Beach Awards

  • 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
  • 2015


    Certificate of Excellence Trip Advisor
  • 2014


    Certificate of Excellence Trip Advisor


“Such an awesome hostel! Super secure having to show your key card every time at reception and main door locked at night with a code change daily. The facilities were all modern and clean and there was always plenty of activities to take part in and meet new people. Loved my stay here!   ”

Amy Mayhill - New Zealand - June 10, 2018 - Hostelworld

“Staff were great and very helpful, the location was exceptional. Nothing but good things to say about this hostel.   ”

Michael Melly - Canada - June 12, 2018 - Hostelworld

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