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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 and our sister hostel in the heart of the Gaslamp District. We even do an airport drop off and twice a week hit La Jolla cove.

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.




  • 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


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    Monday Game Night at                                                                          The Holding Company Bar

    Join us every Monday night at 10pm for games night at our favorite local bar The Holding Company. All guests that come along with us receive a free shot upon arrival at the bar! Games include ping pong, giant Jenga, board games, karaoke and much more…


  • Chili Cook Off and Street Fair!

    It’s back! The 38th Annual Street Fair and Chili Cook Off ! June 24 will be a jam packed day of music, vendors, artists and chili cookers! There will be 5 stages of continuous music with everything from Country to Reggae to Rock. Where else can you see bands called The Skinny Dippers, Stolen Hubcaps and Mango Habanero?  We are front and center to all the action on Newport Avenue! 
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    Hostel Surf and Boogie board rentals

     Our hostel is located just a few blocks from the beach. Take advantage of Ocean Beach’s great surf by grabbing a surf or boogie board from the front desk! Surfboard rentals are $10 for 3 hours and…



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4961 Newport Ave,  San Diego, CA 92107

Tel: +1-619-223-7873 Toll-free in the US and Canada: 1-800-339-7263.

Email: oceanbeach@usahostels.com

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“This is for sure the best Hostel I have ever been to! The staff were all so nice and welcoming, that I felt like being home from the first day onwards! I can recommend this hostel to anyone who wants to visit San Diego and either hang out with cool people, or just go to the beach every day and surf, chill, do whatever he pleases. Also: cleanest hostel i have ever been to. Greetings, B. ;)”

Behrus Momtahan Ghalati- Germany- July 16th, 2017- Hostelworld.com

“Amazing hostel. Beds are so comfy and cozy, with two plug sockets and a reading light for each bed. Bagels in the morning were yummy. Location is great right on Ocean beach, but of course a bit of a way from other areas, however the free shuttle bus is great and ocean beach is an amazing area!”

Rebecca Beer- England- June 19th, 2017- Hostelworld

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