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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.



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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  • 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!

  • 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. Ask for more details at reception.



  • Coastal Bike Ride
  • Sunset Cliffs Walk


  • Cowles Mountain Hiking Trip
  • Beer Pong
  • La Jolla Outing


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


  • La Jolla Outing
  • Tijuana Mexico Walking Tour
  • Thurstoberfest


  • Tijuana Mexico Walking Tour
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Beach Bonfire


  • Yoga at the Beach
  • Pub Crawl


  • Soccer on the Beach
  • Beach Bonfire

USA Hostels Ocean Beach Awards

  • 2016


    Certificate of Excellence Trip Advisor
  • 2015


    Guest Review Award Booking.com
  • 2015


    Certificate of Excellence Trip Advisor
  • 2014


    Certificate of Excellence Trip Advisor


“ Amazing weekend getaway! The property was very clean and there were plenty of bathrooms (never had to wait) and breakfast was great. The staff was extremely helpful. I rented bikes there it was inexpensive. The staff told me the routes and I got to enjoy a beautiful ride from Ocean Beach to La Jolla. The events the hostel had included on fire and pub crawl and the staff or awesome and fun to hang out with. I guess we're awesome I met people from Holland South Korea Argentina and Holland. After 3 days I made friendships with some. I highly recommend USA hostels in Ocean Beach ”

601richmondw- August 17th, 2017- Tripadvisor

“One of the best hostel I've ever been! Located on the super chill zone of Ocean Beach, very close to the beach, cool patio as common space, very clean and well organized. But what really makes this place special is the staff: Laura, Alvaro, Thiago, Mohamed, Lisa and Dave will never make you feel bored and will always provide the best tips to enjoy San Diego during the day and the night. Hope to see you soon guys!”

Alessandro Ciociola- Italy- August 15th, 2017- Hostelworld

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