San Diego Hostels

Although the U.S. has not been as known to house hostels like Europe, there are around fifteen San Diego hostels that help promote U.S. tourism in the international community. As hostels are noteworthy for their cheap rooms, social traits, and fun atmosphere, what better way to top that than being in a city that has over 70 miles of coastline, vibrant nightlife, and world-renown attractions?

San Diego hostels are exceptional in that they avoid the hassle of a big city being hard to get around as they are namely located in prime areas such as downtown and some being just blocks away from some of the best beaches! Some of the San Diego hostels deliver energetic, social focused experiences while others offer laid-back atmospheres. Regardless of their unique differences, San Diego hostels are geared toward making your stay awesome and helping you experience San Diego the way you imagined. Whether you want the experience of bar crawls, walking tours, need a lift to SeaWorld, or need help booking surf gear or lessons, San Diego hostels are a great option for those adventurers wanting to watch their budget, be social, and have a great San Diego experience.

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San Diego Hostels

1. Beach Bungalow Hostel

Come stay and play at San Diego's most popular backpacker's beach hostel! Beach Bungalow Hostel is close to San Diego's finest attractions, a renowned marine preserve at La Jolla Cove, and walking-distance from 150+ bars, clubs, restaurants, and shopping catering to students and surfers.

2. Pacifica Hotel

Conveniently located in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, we offer clean, safe and secure lodging at budget rates.

3. Lucky D's Hostel

Lucky D’s is fun, comfortable, clean and safe. It has an amazing atmosphere and a perfect location. Lucky D’s Downtown San Diego Hostel is steps away from the Gaslamp District, home of San Diego’s hottest nightlife, restaurants, bars and shops. It’s close to all of the city’s attractions and the best beaches are a quick bus ride away.

4. RK Buckner Hostel

We are located right in the heart of downtown putting us within walking distance from Pet-Co Park, The Convention Center, The Gas-lamp Quarter, The Harbor, The West-field Horton Plaza Shopping Mall, numerous restaurants and Seaport Village. We’ve completely remodeled our 2 story hostel with brand new carpet, luxurious tiled bathrooms, new beds and a completely remodeled top roof patio… with a charming, friendly and professional staff we know you will love your stay here at The RK Buckner Hostel.

5. ITH Zoo Hostel

Conveniently located in eclectic Hillcrest for travelers looking to enjoy amazing international restaurants, diverse shopping and amazing thrift stores. The closest hostel to the famous San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park, we are perfect for international students or explorers looking to be centrally located.

6. USA Hostels Ocean Beach

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.

7. ITH Adventure Hostel

International Traveler’s House was founded to create memorable, authentic and unique experiences for travelers. We do this through taking guests on FREE adventures and providing complimentary hot breakfasts and home cooked dinners. Daily activities include surfing lessons, sailing, snorkeling, hiking, yoga beach trips, pub-crawls and more!

8. USA Hostels San Diego

Could be our 22 years of experience, or our friendly staff of fellow travelers. But most likely it’s because we offer the best value in hostel accommodation in San Diego with our Gaslamp entertainment district location, our exclusively-designed ‘privacy pods’ and our truly unique style of hacienda-meets-hippie-meets-Victorian décor.

9. Hostel on 3rd

We are a very young hostel in a beautifully renovated historic building, located in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp district.

10. HI San Diego Downtown Hostel

In the midst of the bustling Gaslamp Quarter, HI San Diego Downtown hostel offers you a place to rest, recharge, and interact with your fellow nomads. Newly renovated common spaces scream high design, but the hostel’s awesome staff give this place a true home-away-from-home feel.

11. HI San Diego - Point Loma

San Diego is the perfect destination for active travelers and explorers who want to hike, bike, surf, kayak, or simply meet new friends and share experiences. San Diego is a network of neighborhoods, and laid-back HI San Diego Point Loma hostel is the perfect launching point for exploring them. - See more at:

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