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Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

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


    22 Jun 2019
    This is a cute place! I love all the color and all the paintings and greenery throughout. Very fly. They offer different activities each day, which I think is so cool of them. The hostel was surprisingly quiet as soon as it hit quiet time hours (it maybe helped that I was there on the pub crawl night, so a lot of people went out). But I got a relatively good sleep. Staff was friendly, and they provide you with a lil breakfast. I met some cool new friends from other countries. I would recommend!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    20 Jun 2019
    The coolest hostel ive stayed in. Perfect location and amazing day trips/activities organised. Could easily have spent a week here! Staff are fabulous too.
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    17 Jun 2019
    The best host ever! a lot of activities, great staff, great people, the kind of hostel that can suck you in and never wanna go, very clean, good facilities. thank you very much!
    Israel, Male, 18-24
  • 10.0


    15 Jun 2019
    AMAZING place to stay. Everyday I was shocked at what else they offered/events they were holding. Such a cool place close to the beach. Highly recommend- the staff was wonderful, the room was awesome, and it was always clean
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    10 Jun 2019
    Definitely the best hostel I’ve ever been so far! The vibe was absolutely the best, I made so many new friendship that it’s crazy. The staff and the volunteers are absolutely lovely, the location is great if you want to chill and enjoy the beach and the cleanliness... omg I could literally lick the floor! (well let’s not do it tho, just saying lol) I loved the fact that they give you the possibility to rent the surfboards directly at the hostel for such a cheap prize. Super HIGHLY recommend!
    Italy, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    15 Jun 2019
    This hostel was way nicer then we thought it was going to be. They have a good system for beds in place, everything is super clean, and the kitchen is spacious to cook in.
    USA, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 9.7


    14 Jun 2019
    Very nice staff, excellent facilities and you cannot beat the location. Beach lovers this is a great find, the area is lovely.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 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+
  • 8.6


    12 Jun 2019
    My second visit! Love this place & would not stay anywhere else when I'm in town!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 3.7


    15 Jun 2019
    This hostel was a huge let down, the staff are extremely rude and unprofessional. Some appeared intoxicated most of the time. The floor of the room was extremely filthy with hairs everywhere and looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in along time. The bathrooms always had bins that were overflowing with rubbish, the breakfast is extremely basic. Overall a very poor experience, maybe this was the #1 hostel oneday but it certainly isn’t now. Do yourself a favour and stay elsewhere.
    Australia, 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

    7th, Best solo male hostel

  • 2019

    2nd, Continent Winners North America

  • 2019

    1st, Country Winners USA

  • 2019

    8th, Worldwide Medium Hostel

  • 2018

    8th, Worldwide Large Hostel

  • 2017

    1st, Country Winners USA

  • 2017

    2nd, Continent Winners North America

  • 2017

    8th, Worldwide Medium Hostel

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