If you come to San Diego hoping to live the real California lifestyle, you can’t do much better than a stay at HI San Diego Point Loma hostel. Nestled in a beautiful residential neighborhood, this laid-back hostel quickly puts guests in a California state of mind. Outside the hostel, the real San Diego experience still beckons. This hostel is surrounded by local favorites and must-visit attractions, from the best of San Diego’s food and drink to picture-perfect California beaches. Next time you’re in Point Loma, don’t miss our favorite local gems!
Don Tommy’s Mexican Food
Tommy’s homemade flour tortillas are a hit with locals any time of day, but it’s the giant breakfast burritos that drive fierce devotion from the Point Loma hostel’s staff. Full to bursting with eggs, potatoes, cheese, and salsa, these babies are a cheap, portable, and oh-so San Diego way to fuel your whole day.
To the Point Café & Eatery
Just a stone’s throw from Tommy’s, this cute café is a neighborhood favorite for California-style breakfasts and lunches. Load up on waffles and eggs benedict on the outdoor patio when the weather’s nice (which, in San Diego, is pretty much always).
The Reunion Pub
This neighborhood watering hole does exactly what its name suggests: brings together friends old and new. Grab a few new buddies from the hostel and make the short walk over for live music, free popcorn, cheap pool tables, and a cash-only bar that’s easy on a traveler’s wallet.
Point Loma Native Plant Garden
If you’re more in the mood for some quiet time, this small public park, about a 15-minute walk from the hostel, offers paths and benches set among native California plants. Marvel at California poppies, cacti, sunflowers, and more as you meditate on the magic of travel.
One of San Diego’s most popular beaches, OB is a favorite of sunbathers, people-watchers, and surfers alike (don’t forget to borrow a beach towel and a stand-up paddle or surf board from the hostel before making your way down to the beach). There’s a long pier at the beach’s southern end for strolls at dusk, and, further down the coastline, the gorgeous Sunset Cliffs Natural Park for low-key hikes with unparalleled scenery. OB’s just a leisurely walk or a super-quick bus or cab ride from the hostel.
Chock-a-block with shops, bars, and restaurants, Ocean Beach’s main drag is a great place to while away an entire afternoon. Get a taste of San Diego’s craft beer scene at Culture Brewing Co. or Belching Beaver Brewery (peanut butter milk stout, anyone?). Grab an awesomely greasy burger at the legendary Hodad’s Ocean Beach or feast on food truck finds at the weekly Wednesday night farmers’ market. And browse for that perfect accessory to complete your beach bum transformation at any of the avenue’s numerous surf shops. Once you’ve cruised all of Newport, don’t forget to explore the side streets for even more eats, drinks, and shops.