This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Baltimore. To help you make friends with Baltimore before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
While Baltimore is a rather scenic harbor town, it can often get busy with tourists, families with children on a day out, and schoolchildren on holiday. Baltimore hostels are generally uncrowded, however, and very slow, especially on weeknights.
There are a few islands off the coast, and you can hop on a ferry to either the Sherkin Island, Heir Island, or Cape Clear Island (look out for marine life!) for the day. Head east for a bit and you can visit Lough Hyne, an estuary with beautiful scenery and unique marine life. Sometimes you can see bioluminescent creatures in the water at night when the tide comes in. If you want to go to the more southern part, head off to Mizen Head to see some good views as well.
If you're feeling up to hitting the water, there are plenty of opportunities to jump on a kayak, sailboat, or chill out on the beaches. Take a tour to look for whales and dolphins. For the more adventurous, there are opportunities to go diving and snorkeling (but save these activities for a warm sunny day!).
There are a few pubs in Baltimore, but none of them are open very late, even on weekends. You can listen to traditional Irish music (mostly popular on the weekends, especially in the summer) at some of the pubs, however. If you are looking for a shop for food, there aren't any in Baltimore, but there are grocery stores in Bantry and Skibbereen. Be sure to try some of the food from the food stalls down next to the harbor!
Written by local enthusiast for Baltimore hostelsEmily Schreiber