Hostels in San Diego

About San Diego

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There are so many reasons San Diego is a popular destination for travelers. The city enjoys fantastic weather year round, and is close to the ocean, mountains and desert, providing a wide variety of outdoor recreation options. The beach culture is very strong, and its not uncommon to see people hurrying to the beach for a lunchtime surf. San Diego’s location just north of the US-Mexico Border makes it a great destination for travelers heading into Mexico or on to central & South America. Tijuana is just 20 miles away, making it an easy day trip from San Diego. The HI San Diego Downtown hostel is located in the city’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, known for its sidewalk cafes, nightclubs, shops, and 1860s architecture. The HI San Diego Point Loma hostel is located in a residential community close to Ocean Beach, a casual bohemian locale with excellent vintage shopping, a delicious farmers market, and a laid-back beach lifestyle. San Diego hosts several annual festivals, including the famous Street Scene Music Festival, one of America’s largest annual music festivals.

Points of interest

Belmont Park is a classic beach-side amusement park, complete with carousel and wooden roller coaster, along with shops and cafes. Balboa Park is one of the country’s oldest urban recreational areas, first set aside in 1835. It also features architectural landmarks from the 1915 Panama-California Exposition and 1935 California Pacific International Exposition. Its also the home to the famous San Diego Zoo. With more than 4,000 animals, the famed San Diego Zoo is one of the largest in the world, as well as one of San Diego’s most popular attractions. While not exactly a zoo, the San Diego Wild Animal Park includes a tram ride to view giraffes, elephants, and other animals roaming through a massive sanctuary built simulate their natural habitat. Old Town San Diego is a historic park that presents how the village of San Diego appeared back in the early 1800s before the development of the current downtown. It features five original adobe buildings and a blacksmith’s shop, as well as traditional homes and gardens, shops and restaurants.


April: Art Walk is a two-day arts festival featuring works for sale from over 350 artists, as well as food and live music in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood.

July: Every year, San Diego Comic Con takes over the San Diego Convention Center, celebrating comic books, graphic novels, and the comic culture. Whether you come to check out the exhibitors or just to see fans dress up as their favorite characters, you’re in for a treat!

August: Street Scene strives to be “San Diego’s Ultimate Block Party.” It takes over the East Village area near Petco Park for two days in August and presents a variety of well known musical acts on several stages.

Hostel Locations

private room in HI San Diego Downtown

HI San Diego Downtown Hostel

Located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, HI San Diego Downtown Hostel is a perfect base for exploring local restaurants, nightlife, and shopping. Decked out with endless art and San Diego flavor galore, the hostel is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the local scene. Heading out to the beach, San Diego Zoo, or SeaWorld for the day? We’ll set you up with all the...

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HI San Diego Point Loma Hostel

In one of the city’s most laid-back neighborhoods, HI San Diego Point Loma Hostel is the perfect place to chill with new friends on your visit to sunny SoCal. Borrow a free surfboard and ride the waves at Ocean Beach less than two miles away, relax by the backyard fire pit with fellow travelers or in our double-wide hammock, or spend your days experiencing San Diego’s...