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About San Diego
There are plenty of great San Diego hostels to choose from. San Diego is located at the southern-most tip of California, not far from the Mexican border. Known both as a beach destination and as the home of the United States Navy, San Diego is situated right on the Mexican border and has a population of over 1.3 million. San Diego is one of the wealthiest cities in the U.S, and has also been chosen as the fifth best place to live in the world (Money Magazine, 2006), but the San Diego hostels are still reasonably priced.
San Diego is divided into multiple districts. There are many interesting places to see Downtown, in Balboa Park, and in Old Town (as well as all the other districts of course). There is a selection of San Diego hostels with good quality and moderate prices.
Beaches are the one thing you probably won't want to miss in San Diego. There are miles and miles of beaches for swimming, surfing, sailing, boating, and more. San Diego also has one of the world's best zoos, situated in Balboa Park. The Sea World is also a well known destination. There is a lot of good shopping to do in the city too, with many shopping centers located around the city. Take a look at the San Diego hostels list and enjoy your trip.
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USA Hostels San Diego - Downtown
"USA Hostels San Diego is perfect for spending a few days in and around downtown San Diego. The hostel itself is calm but the location is noisy, so keep this in mind if you need to go to bed early. The Location The hostel is located in the Gaslamp Quarter, the heart of downtown San Diego. This is an historical neighbourhood worth exploring and also serves as the entertainment district, where many bars and restaurants are located. The...
San Diego's Ocean Beach International Hostel
"San Diego's Ocean Beach International Hostel is located in the trendy, funky, hippy-dippy neighborhood known as the "OB." The Location Within the OB, you will find trendy shops, greats restaurants, plenty of bars, and many convenience and liquor stores for your immediate needs. Keep in mind, this is San Diego, so the weather is pretty much always good. The beach itself is right down the street. Just exit the hostel's front door, take a...
HI - San Diego, Point Loma Hostel
"The Location HI - San Diego, Point Loma Hostel is in a safe neighborhood of San Diego, CA, just on the outskirts of the coastal area of Ocean Beach. Hostelling International accurately describes the Ocean Beach area as "a colorful slice of urban bohemia with locally-owned eateries, bars, and shops." There is free parking on the street and the bus stop is close by. The price is very affordable and breakfast is included. The hostel is large,...
HI - San Diego (Downtown) The Metropolitan Hostel
"In the dead center of the hottest nightlife in town, HI - San Diego (Downtown) The Metropolitan Hostel is the choice location for many who are looking to enjoy a social experience in an active place. The wacky, bright color coordination on the walls creates a positive, friendly atmosphere. The Location The location couldn't be better if you are looking for action during your stay. The Gaslamp district of San Diego is teeming with...
500 West Hotel & Hostel
"Scam!!!! - At first I thought this is a cool cheap budget hostel that only costs $22 a night. But after I arrived at the front desk, they charged me $39. They said the $22 deal is only apply for the winter time. I would have choose the other hostel, if I knew it. SCAM!" … "I stayed here for three nights in a single room. the room was friendly and very clean. There are many toilets and shower on the floor and they are excellent --...
Lucky D's Hostel
"Lucky D's is a colorful and vibrant hostel in the center of San Diego with a large variety of restaurants, bars, and shops nearby. The facilities are excellent and there are many freebies including internet access, breakfast every day, and evening meals three days a week. The Location The hostel is prominently located on the corner of 8th Avenue and Market Street in the Gaslamp Quarter -- San Diego's premier dining and entertainment...
St. Christopher International Hostel
"Great Hostel! - Stayed for nearly two weeks including San Diego Comic Con week and never experienced any sign of trouble or gang activity. The Hostel isn't right in the centre of town but in a nice quiet area and downtown San Diego is easily and quickly accessible by public transport. Also, one of the cleanest buildings I have ever been in hostel or otherwise. Juliet is very helpful and was great for information about where to go and...
"Not a good or safe place - This place was creepy. There's loads of dodgy, questionable individuals here working at the place that create a really bad atmosphere. I would definitely not recommend this place." … "… Park, San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Balboa Park and museums. San Diego’s famous Anthology club is just blocks away. Close to clubs, restaurant row and shopping. Public transportation is just minutes away. Accommodations...
International Travelers House Adventure Hostel
"… and the nighttime is here, we take our guests on the best social activities including: pub crawls, in-house themed parties, BBQ's, game nights, club nights, jam session music nights in the garden, party game nights, drive-in movie nights and more! Multiple restrooms allows our guests to always have access to a hot shower! Our front garden is a magical place for having coffee, socializing, partying or laying in the grass under...
Hostel on 3rd
"Great hostel, lovely atmosphere - Had an awesome time at Hostel on Third, fairly small so very easy to meet people. Staff are very friendly and helpful and the kitchen is clean and well-equipped. Only thing I would say is if you are just looking for a place to crash it can get a bit noisy but they do offer earplugs at the front desk." … "Friendly, clean, and great atmosphere! - My boyfriend and I stayed here and found the staff...
"… encouraged to give it a try. Start time is 7pm. early arrival is suggested if not signed up. Check in until 11 pm. Please call if you may be arriving later. WiFi Access and computer available for guest use. Walking distance to various shopping centers and the San Diego Bay We accept only cash. Please note: Cancellation policy: 1 days advance notice Late cancellation or no show one night charge Payment upon...
International Travelers House Zoo Hostel
"Nice Place." … "… the sun falls and the nighttime is here, we take our guests on the best social activities including: Pub Crawls, Club Nights, Local Restaurant Tours, Wine Tastings, Art Nights, Game Nights, Movie Nights and more! Please note: Cancellation policy: 24 hours advance notice prior to the date of arrival. Late cancellation or no-show: Late cancellations and no-shows will be charged the full rate of the first...
San Diego International Hostel
"… Hostel is a brand new hostel located in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp District. A historic building from 1912 with major renovations recently completed. It is ideally located just one block from all the bar scenes, restaurants and because we are in a residential district, you will be guaranteed a silent night’s sleep. We have a very big common area where you can meet other people and have great times. We are very...
ITH Zoo Hostel
"… your holidays. With this in mind we guide our guests on a variety or daytime adventures including: Surfing Trips, Beach Trips, FREE Sailing Tours, Nature Walks, Snorkeling Excursions, Local Happy Hours, Sightseeing Tours, Tijuana, Mexico Tours, Waterfall Hikes, Brewery Tours and More! Once the sun falls and the nighttime is here, we take our guests on the best social activities including: Pub Crawls, Club Nights, Local Restaurant...
"… 11:00 . Payment upon arrival by cash, credit cards, debit cards. Taxes included - 8.00% No curfew. Pet friendly. Non smoking. For longer than 4 days please contact hostel There is no smoking or drugs allowed in or around hostel Hostel manager reserves right to refuse service to anyone. There is no elevator however help can be provided for luggage if necessary. Valid government issued identification required for check in....
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Banana Bungalow San Diego
"The first-ever Banana Bungalow correctly lives up to its reputation of a party hostel. If you're looking for quiet nights and spotless accommodations, you won't find it here! What you will find is a very social and friendly place. The Banana Bungalow is in a great location on Pacific Beach, right on the boardwalk. The outdoor deck is basically on top of the sand and is a great location for socialising and drinking. Even during winter, the...
California Dreams Backpacker's Hostel
"The best part about California Dreams Backpacker's Hostel is where it is -- if you want a cool place to crash near the action, California Dreams is the place you're looking for. The Location This hostel is at the heart of Pacific Beach; once you park, you won't need your car again. Walk a hundred yards to the staircase leading to the beach if you want to surf and have fun on the beach. At night, go right across the street to one of the...
Old Town Western Inn
"The hotel is located in Old Town close to all major attraction and just a 5 minute walk to the train and bus stations. All rooms have free wireless internet, microwave and Refrigerator." … "I-5 at Old Town Ave" … "… the San Diego Zoo and Legoland California and the sandy beaches of San Diego. Just minutes from the MCRD, SPAWAR, BEA System, Military Bases and 10 minutes from the San Diego Amtrak Train Station in Downtown...
Harbor View Inn & Suites - San Diego
"Hotel Services & Amenities •24 hour Front Desk •Mini-Fridge •Comfortable Desk •Free Parking •Handicapped Rooms/Facilities •No Smoking Rooms •Iron & Ironing Board •Full Cable with HBO •Free Wireless Internet" … "… Cruise Ship. Harborview Inn & Suites features free continental breakfast and newly remodeled rooms with in-room coffee/tea makers, complimentary local calls, complimentary high speed wireless internet and...
Days Inn San Diego Chula Vista South Bay
"… Hotel Also Has A Fitness Center, Guest Laundry Facilities Located On-Site Meeting Room Can Accommodate Up To 25-30 People. . Please Make Your Reservations With Us Today. the property may pre-authorised the credit card. They will contact you in order to get the CVC code of the credit card used to make the booking. Please provide it in 72h or the booking will be cancelled and the deposit won't be refundable. All Spacious Guest Rooms...
Sun Harbor Motel San Diego/Airport
"Guest rooms at Sun Harbor Motel San Diego Airport/Sea World are spacious and equipped with cable TV. A refrigerator and microwave are also included in all rooms. The San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Convention Center are a 15-minute drive from the Sun Harbor Motel San Diego Airport/Sea World. SeaWorld and Ocean Beach are only a 10 minutes’ drive away." … "… Internet,Free Parking and Free Cable TV with over 70 channels including...
"… & Shopping * Family Operated since 1972 * Private Rooms * Limited Rooms Now Available with 2 Beds * Limited Rooms Now Available with New Private Baths * Newly Renovated Shared Baths * TV (Local channels, HBO & ESPN) & Free Wi-Fi * On-site Laundry Facilities Also, please update the Check out time to 10:00 am. Pacifica Hotel is a 100 year old historical property. The hotel has undergone recent renovations to...
Super 8 Seaworld-Airport
"The Super 8 San Diego/Seaworld is only minutes away from major attractions in and around San Diego, California. Amenities * Free Continental Breakfast * Free Parking * Free Highspeed Wireless Internet * Free Parking * Outdoor Swimming Pool * Microwave Refrigerators" … "… St toward Midway Ave Restricted usage road (0.4 mi) 2. Take the 1st right onto Wood St Restricted usage road (0.2 mi) 3. Continue onto W Washington St...
San Diego Downtown Lodge
"… Historic Gaslamp District, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Airport, Sea World and Hillcrest. We offer tastefully appointed guest rooms and common areas. You can walk to resturants, shopping and downtown nightlife. Want to catch a Padre's Game? We are just minutes from Petco Park and there is limited free parking. Do you want to see the USS Midway while you are in town? Located next to Sea Port Village you can have a thrilling afternoon...
Howard Johnson Inn San Diego Hotel Circle
"Enjoy a warm welcome from the 24-hour front desk staff at our San Diego hotel. Sleep deeply on your pillow-top bed, then kick off your day with free Rise & Dine continental breakfast. Catch up on the news with a free USA Today or free Wi-Fi Internet access. Relax in our outdoor pool and spa, fix a snack using your in-room refrigerator and microwave, and take a break in front of your TV featuring full cable and six HBO and Showtime channels....
Heritage Inn San Diego
"… best vacation spots. We are one of the closest Sea World hotels and offer some of the most affordable rates and best vacation deals in San Diego California. If you are looking for Sea World Hotels look no further than the Heritage Inn San Diego. The Heritage Inn Sea World in San Diego offers a convenient location and affordable rates. We offer great extended stay rates from $43.99 per night as well as packages! So if you are...
San Diego Travel Tips & Suggestions
Summer is already here and I can't wait to visit San Diego. The place I like to visit the most is Ocean Beach because of its unique character, the beach, the location, and all the friendly people there. The place is a little out of the sixties from what I can tell, but you'd really have to ask someone who was around at that time to really confirm this. If you're young and want to meet people who are fun, try this place out first.
— Bobbie B.
If you are looking for tweak, then San Diego is your place. They have the really good ephedrine-based, red-phosphorous washed stuff that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up. You'll be twacked for days off just a quarter-gram!
Just thought I would add my two cents about Ocean Beach. I am just a regular guy and I have add zero problems there. The tweaker stuff is overrated. I have never been threatened or hit or any such melodrama. Just be cool and friendly and you will have no problems in Ocean Beach -- or anywhere.
— A regular guy
Ocean Beach is fine, it just has a seedier element then some of the other beaches.
I'm Italian and I used to live in San Diego for few months. My favourite neighborhood was OB. I never had problems there, I surfed near the pier often, and though my skills are poor not even a single local dissed me. I went skateboarding in OB almost everyday on the sidewalks, no one harrassed me. It's definitely one of the best beach communities in San Diego. If you give respect you get respect. And fools are everywere.
Unfortunately tweakers are everywhere anymore. All beach communities have trolls grubbing money. There are some positive things in San Diego. The O.B. Pier can be fun to fish from. Tide pools are cool. The surf is good. Sunset Cliffs is nice. South Beach fish tacos rule, along with a couple of other good places to eat. Good coffee shops. The true local people are very nice.
Just go to OB and see what it is really about. It's has a richer "cultural texture" than PB or MB. Worth a visit.
I love Ocean Beach. I felt at home there. I can't wait to finish school and maybe live there for a bit, but I'm not sure if I can afford an apartment. Great place, great people.
San Diego is about the beach and the weather! There is a "downtown" San Diego but it's still developing and easy to miss (compared to San Francisco, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and many other cities that do have a downtown). If you're older, like to dress up, not too energetic, like yuppie bars and high end food, can handle cover charges, and don't mind paying some hefty coin to park, head to "downtown" San Diego and have a ball! One night should be enough. On the other hand, if you're into good value for your dollar, looking for outrageous times, nightclubs and pubs, want to meet people who are "experiencing" life and not on the treadmill yet, park free, surround yourself with a younger, more casual crowd, enjoy loads of good, lower priced eat and drink places, and want to find out what Southern California is really about, hang-out at the beach. Ocean Beach can't be missed!
— John A.
All of San Diego's beach communities are wonderful! They are all home to different peoples from all over and everybody accepts you, if you are just nice. My friend and me stayed in OB, MB, and PB over the summer and had a awesome time! Met some of the nicest people ever. Excellant journey my friend and I had!
I was a tourist in Ocean Beach and it was a fun place to go if you like crowds and parties at the beach. I had a great time vacationing there, and would definately go back!
It makes sense that these comments come from tourists and not locals. Regarding that OB comment, you were probably not respected because it was obvious you weren't from here. OB is not a tourist attraction. It's a tight, unique, and independent community that supports local merchants and businesses unlike any other town. The people here are the friendliest and neighborly people I've ever met. If you're coming to San Diego to get drunk, act a fool, pick up girls, and party - then please go to PB or snotty La Jolla. If you're interested in culture, social justice, ecological wisdom, civil rights, as well as gender and racial diversity - then come to OB. By the way, how can a slacker afford a million dollar house on the beach?? Keep the US (and ignorant people) out of OB!!
— 1 Proud OBecian
San Diego is a beach community. It has Ocean, Mission, and Pacific beaches, which are known for their slacker or college drop-outs and crime. San Diego's best beaches and communities friendly to internationals are La Jolla and beaches located north of La Jolla. There is low crime and they're beautiful and natural, not like the city beach south of La Jolla. Rent a car from dirt cheap rental car place, public transportation in much of the USA sucks. In California everyboby has a car. For SD nightlife, check out L5 downtown. It closes at European time, 4am, with world class hip-hop and house/trance Djs performing there. Or underground clubs such as The Whistle Stop in South Park or Bar Dynomite near Old Town. Check out www.featureonline.com or www.mergeenvents.com or www.eventvibe.com for more nightlife or www.sdreader.com
— State Side
If you are going to visit San Diego make sure you stay in Pacific Beach. The beach is awesome with some great surf and the nightlife is impressive. Heaps of great bars with some really good drink specials.
Ocean Beach (OB) is not known for respectful people, so be forwarned. However there are lots of cool bars around and a colorful array of people in OB. Basically a slacker town with priorities that are not exactly much in the way of production, mostly destruction.
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