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The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

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USA Hostels Ocean Beach

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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We love this Hostel!

It gets our thumbs up for consistently high guest reviews.

Property Description

Voted USA's #1 hostel in 2019 by Hostelworld guests, we're just an easy, two-block stroll to the beach. Our completely redesigned hostel provides the most fun, comfortable and convenient beach stay in San Diego. Our free shuttle to major tourist spots in San Diego puts you just minutes from all the city has to offer..or just spend your days at the beach and nights hanging out with us. Pack your swimsuit and sunscreen and we’ll provide the rest! We loan out beach chairs, umbrellas and towels and rent surfboards and body boards. We'll even point you to the right place to take a surf lesson.

Located on Ocean Beach’s main tourist road, we’re surrounded by restaurants, bars and shopping. When you’re done hangin’ at the beach we have a large guest kitchen and plenty of patio space to make new friends and relax. And here’s even more reasons to stay with us:
Hostel events:
• Sunday Shuttle to the famous San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, USA Hostels downtown location and airport
• Cowles Mountain Hiking (roundtrip) once a week
• La Jolla shuttle (roundtrip) twice a week
• Beach bonfire 2x a week with American camp fave S’mores
• Weekly Beer Pong tournament
• Donation based yoga classes by the beach three times a week
• Weekly farmers market right outside our front door
• Pub crawl twice a week

FREE Amenities including:
• Daily breakfast with bagels, oatmeal, fruit juice, fresh fruit, coffee/tea
• WiFi
• Lockers
• Bed linens and bath towels
• Beach towels/mats, umbrellas, chairs and coolers

• Surf lessons
• Wet suit rental
• San Diego Zoo tickets

We require all guests to be 18 or over to stay at our hostel. Please contact us directly for rules and regulations before booking with anyone under the age of 18.

USA Hostels Ocean Beach welcomes travelers from outside of San Diego County. At check in, international guests must present a valid passport. US residents must present valid government issued identification (ie: drivers license, state id card, passport). Guests may also be able to present proof of onward travel.

14-day maximum stay limit.

Please note that the prices listed here do not include city/hotel tax of 10.5%. Tax will be added at check in and will be detailed in hostel’s confirmation email. View House Rules


You can't miss USA Hostels Ocean Beach – the whole outside of our building is painted in bright colours and has a peace sign sticking out of its roof! We're two blocks from the ocean and have a free shuttle to take you to top sites like San Diego's downtown. Make sure to fill up on the free breakfast (mmm, bagels!) because you'll need that energy for surfing on one of our rented boards. If you're more chill, less thrill, we can loan you a beach chair, parasol and towel for serious sunbathing sessions.


We're on one of Ocean Beach’s main roads, surrounded by cool restaurants, bars and shops. There's a weekly farmers' market right outside our front door, so you can pick up some produce to cook up in our kitchen. From San Diego International Airport, you can reach us by bus in less than 30 minutes. Just jump on the 923 towards Ocean Beach and get off at the corners of Cable St & Newport Av.

Rooms and Dorms

We've got private rooms and shared spaces, with mixed and female-only dorms available. Bedding and bath towels are included in your booking, and you'll have a locker to keep your backpack safe and sound while you're out on the sand. There's free Wi-Fi here throughout the hostel too, so you can plan your itinerary from the comfort of your private pod bed.

Extras and activities

We've got a roomy outdoor patio space and a porch with hanging chairs where you can strike up conversations with other hostel guests. You'll also have plenty of opportunities to make new friends at our bonfires (say yes to s'mores and hot dogs), beer pong tournaments and donation-based yoga classes on the beach. We run pub crawls some evenings, too. If you'd rather have a few beers at the seaside, you can borrow one of our coolers to keep your bottles cold in the SoCal sunshine.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.5

  • Security 9.7

  • Location 9.9

  • Staff 9.5

  • Atmosphere 9.7

  • Cleanliness 9.6

  • Facilities 9.5

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    10 Jun 2019
    Always awesome
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    01 Jun 2019
    This was a great place to stay, very clean, and they have a great amount of activities they provide. They also provide breakfast and surf board rentals right their at the location. Met many long lasting friends too.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    30 May 2019
    Everything about this hostel is great. They have everything you need for a day on the beach. The streets are surrounded by great shops as well as food spots. Will definitely be vising again.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    28 May 2019
    One of the cleanest, nicest hostels I've ever stayed in! The staff was great and they really made sure the place was secure. The location was a 2-3 minute walk from the beach and they had free beach amenities we could use like chairs, beach games and sunscreen. I can't wait to come back again!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    06 Jun 2019
    I didn't like that most of the open space for the residents smoking is allowed
    Israel, Male, 25-30
  • 9.4


    02 Jun 2019
    Cool hostel, i understand why it has won awards - fair enough. I only have 2 suggestions: 1 - PLEASE don't let people smoke in the back yard, when you are trying to eat breakfast and people are puffing carcinogens in your face, it's absolutely horrible, and 2 - The bagels are great, so is the orange juice, so is the bananas - but Almond milk + cereal would be an amazing additions to the spread and greatly appreciated for returning guests :-)
    Australia, Male, 31-40
  • 8.9


    13 Jun 2019
    Loved this place and the people I met. Some of the staff were a little "stoic". But the other guests made up with it. I asked if there was ice and the staff told me I had to go purchase it. Another guest overheard me and took me to a small freezer with ice and told me to take some. It saved me from a hot beer! It was a first time in a hostel so I am still learning all the rules :)
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 8.9


    07 Jun 2019
    Not my favorite hostel, but a pleasant visit! Staff were aloof and seemed focused on socializing amongst themselves, but the few that I spoke to were friendly and kept the common areas clean. Management were ultimately helpful in communications via email after a couple of exchanges. Loud music was omnipresent and beds were squeaky. Would love to see less individually wrapped products at breakfast and more composting. Loved the spacious showers, amazing patio, and yoga mats. Beautiful space.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 8.6


    12 Jun 2019
    My second visit! Love this place & would not stay anywhere else when I'm in town!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 8.3


    05 Jun 2019
    It was short of bath rooms.
    South Korea, Male, 25-30
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Key Card Access
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Washing Machine
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Board Games


  • 2019

    1st, Country Winners USA

  • 2019

    2nd, Continent Winners North America

  • 2019

    8th, Worldwide Medium Hostel

  • 2019

    7th, Best solo male hostel

  • 2018

    8th, Worldwide Large Hostel

  • 2017

    1st, Country Winners USA

  • 2017

    8th, Worldwide Medium Hostel

  • 2017

    2nd, Continent Winners North America

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