If you were born for the beach, you need a hostel that can vibe with your chill. We’re thinking hostels with private beaches, jungle huts and hammocks for post-adventure siestas. All with the added bonus of amazing surf and #priceless community vibes. From Chile to Morocco, we’ve picked out the best surf hostels all over the globe that were MADE for you. Ready, set, chilllll…..
📷 by @hannahbauh & @aryovth at Farm Hostel, Bali
That deck, that cactus garden, that Chilean flag proudly waving… who wouldn’t want to stay in this shipping container paradise?! Sirena Insolente is an eco project/hostel just 5km from Pichilemu downtown and a short walk to the epic surf spot, Punta de Lobos. Tip: Best time to surf here is September to May.
- Customer rating: 9.6
- Dorms beds from £14.97
- Privates from £27.15
There’s a new hostel in town and it’s only in the UK’s surfing capital, Cornwall! Cohort is in the centre of St Ives and a few minutes from Porthmeor Beach, with great swells and the best fish ‘n chips of your life. The summer involves a beach cinema and the annual Swellboard Shootout in June, where contestants take to the waves in fancy dress. Utterly hilarious 😂
- Customer rating: 9.9
- Dorms beds from £20
Free pancake breakfast, free hot tub, free luggage storage, free daily tours of Maui…is there anything at this hostel that isn’t free?! Aloha Surf also has the community spirit down to a tee with an outdoor terrace and BBQ nights. This amazing surfing hostel is walking distance to the beach where you can even spot turtles. Hawaii on a budget right there.
- Customer rating: 9.4
- Dorm beds from £39.13/night
Famed across the globe for its surf culture, the iconic Bondi Beach is THE place for Australian waves. Bondi Backpackers has one of the best views of Campbell Parade, and according to one customer review: “The staff are redonkulously nice and helpful, and the general vibe in the air was infectiously friendly.”
- Customer rating: 9.4
- Dorms beds from £20.97
- Privates from £64.98
This colourful surf hostel in the sleepy town of Tamraught was opened by a Moroccan/Australian couple who wanted to create a base for travelling surfers. It’s all that and more with a rooftop oasis boasting views of the coastline, where they offer a free homemade breakfast, as well as activities from sunset yoga lessons to Reiki healing classes. Tip: head to Devil’s Rock to catch the sunrise and early surf.
- Customer rating 9.7
- Dorm beds from £11.46/night
- Privates from £28.65/night
This hostel invites you to live the artistic experience in a world of surf, sk8 and music. Every room has a sea view with a veranda and balcony, and you can hone your ocean skillz on São Juliã beach by booking your surf lessons next door. You can even sign up to surf yoga classes or 3 days of yoga in the Ericeira Yoga Shala on the seafront. High season is June – Sept so get booking early to avoid missing out on this beaut!
- Customer rating: 9.4
- Dorms beds from £10.18/night
- Privates from £27.15/night
Surfing is deeply ingrained in this hostel’s roots, and the staff have decades of surf experience between them. Rest assured they know all the best spots, and you can book day trips to Java, Lombok, Yoy that include visits to waterfalls and volcanoes in between surfing. Farm Hostel is hidden amongst Bali’s greenest-looking rice fields with the beach a 3 minute scooter drive or 25 minute walk away. One customer sums this amazing surf hostel up nicely: “You know a hostel is special when people from all over the ‘hood (travelers, locals, expats living in Canggu), come to the Farm to chill and meet new friends.”
- Customer rating 9.2
- Dorms beds from £10.13/night
Two words: adjacent and beach. Book your stay at Rosemary hostel and you’ll not only be in surfer’s paradise, but you’ll be living in a jungle forest with an amazing international family (aka the Dream Team) too. The hostel is equipped with a modern kitchen, and you find plenty of social spaces with giant net hammocks and a library deck stacked with philosophical books. If it’s activities you’re after, take to the decks where they hold Yoga, Theatre, Boxing, Empowerment and “Monkey Movement” workshops. Now that sounds like an immersive travel experience!
- Customer rating: 10
- Dorm beds from £14.43/night
- Private rooms from £29.34/night
Enjoy surfing, partying and sleeping 30 seconds away from the beach? RTB is your new home! Take it from a fellow traveller who knows: “I was blown away by the friendly staff, laid back attitude, great facilities, swimming pool with a freakin’ waterslide, and balcony with hammocks/yoga. Literally the best place I have ever stayed, and at such a great price right next to the beach.” Hear that? A freakin’ WATERSLIDE, man!
- Customer rating: 9.4
- Dorm beds from £14.47/night
- Private beds from £54.65/night
Surfing in Spain = Las Palmas. At Hi Tide House you can experience the best waves in Gran Canaria and 30 degree Mediterranean weather, as well as everything a city would offer too. Think music concerts on Las Canteras beach and eating tapas watching the sunset. Hi Tide is your base for this and all things adventure. The 9.7-rated staff can help you practise surfing, body-boarding, paddle surf, diving, paragliding, climbing, hiking, mountain biking and more. Plus, the hostel boasts a sah-weeeet rooftop terrace where you can chill and listen to the lapping waves day and night. We could get used to this Canaria lifestyle….
- Customer rating: 9.5
- Dorms beds from £14.02/night
Does kicking back with a beer in a hammock in paradise sound like…paradise? Hidden House is literally hidden behind a quiet road two blocks from the beach and 2 minutes’ walk to Montañita centre. So you can get some peace or join in the fun ‘n’ games that take place in their huge garden, with two slack lines, BBQ area and bar where they offer “the cheapest large beers in Montanita”. We will hold you to that!
- Customer rating: 8.7
- Dorms beds from 6.69
- Privates from 22.78
San Sebastian is a dream for surfing, with epic spots all over the Basque coast. Surfing Etxea is located on La Zurriola Beach and they offer surf and paddle surf lessons for all levels. You also have La Cincha bay 10 minute’s away, or cities Mundakas and Hossagor an hour’s drive away, both renowned for their surf scenes. Take your pick!
- Customer rating: 8.9
- Dorms beds from £17.57/night
This heavenly hostel is in the middle of the Chilean countryside surrounded by quinoa plantations and a deserted beach. There are hammocks, skate ramp boards, and daily transfers to Punta de Lobos beach where you can blend in with the local surfers. With beds for just over a tenner, isn’t this the cheapest retreat you’ve ever seen?!
- Customer rating: 9.0
- Dorms beds from £11.22/night
- Privates from £31.18/night
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