We recently published an article about “celebrating the s” when it comes to hostels, and there are some more s’s that I thought should be celebrated too - Sun, Sea & Sand. If you fancy a bit of budget-friendly beach time and quality accommodation, you need some beach hostel in your life!



Some people hate the beach, something I find hard to imagine, but for those of us who love chilling by the shore, soaking up some sun, and taking a dip in the sea, here’s our pick of just 11 of the many hostels boasting beach-frontage, or within strolling-distance to the sand, available to book on Hostelculture.com – and, of course, with our 5% discount as standard, we’re the cheapest hostel booking site on the planet!


Amistat Beach Hostel – Barcelona

Barcelona’s man-made beach is but one of this beautiful city’s foremost attractions, so be careful not to be lured to it for your entire stay – that said, a hostel base next the beach is never a bad idea and Amistat Beach Hostel is always a good choice. A few foot-steps from the beach & buzzing promenade, and with modern facilities & 24 hour reception, what more could you want?

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amistat hostel room


The Yak Hostel – Playa Del Carmen

Mere minutes from the beach, The Yak offers 8, 6, & 4 bed dorms as well as private rooms at affordable prices. Guests love the natural party atmosphere and easy-going chilled-out communal vibes.

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Sunflower Beach Backpacker Hostel & Bar - Rimini

If you find yourself visiting Italy’s amazing Adriatic coast, Sunflower Beach Backpacker Hostel & Bar is the ideal beach hostel to stay in thanks to very helpful & friendly staff, regular parties, events & activities on offer, and an unbeatable beach location.

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Bikini Hostel Cafe & Beer Garden – Miami

This hostel offers the ultimate slice of Miami life, with pool, hot-tube, and beautiful people in the heart of South Beach. It’s a modern, bright and chilled out hostel with cool beach vibe, café & beer garden -well, the name says it all really.

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Bikini Hostel Miami


Karibbik Haus Hostel – San Andres Island

If you want some of that quintessential Caribbean experience, you ought to get onto the Colombian island of San Andres - and Karibbik Haus Hostel is a great choice for an island base. A little on the small side perhaps, this homely hostel is big in heart with welcoming staff offering helpful local knowledge, and a paradisiacal vibe complete with hammocks.

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Ondaroad Beach Hostel - Calabria

Italy is really on trend again of late as a go-to destination, and little wonder with such stunning coast-lines. Our second Italian mention brings us next the Tyrrhenian Sea, to Ondaroad Beach Hostel – a wonderful hostel, perfect for chillaxing (trying to bring this word back from 2002) and also a great option if you want to enjoy beach activities like snorkelling & scuba diving, kayaking, paragliding, cliff-diving and more.

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ondaroad hostel


El Gualicho Hostel - Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn on the coast of northern Patagonia in Argentina offers much for traveller seeking relaxation, nature & wildlife, happy vibes and beautiful beaches. With modern facilities, spacious common areas & dorms, friendly staff, and real affordability in budget-friendly prices, El Gualicho Hostel is perfect for exploring all the region has to offer.

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Multiple – Rio De Janeiro

Sorry, there’s just too many damn good hostels in Rio with easy access to beautiful balmy beaches to highlight just one or two in particular; have a look and choose for yourself!

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Kipps Brighton – Brighton

About as far away from Rio as you can get in terms of sunny climes, Brighton might not be blessed with reliable beach weather but don’t discount it too readily; there’s quite a lot to attract one to historic Brighton, including the beach & buzzing nightlife, and Kipps offers modern, comfortable, and affordable accommodation from which to enjoy all the joys of this charming sea-side town.

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Brighton pier



Paradise Beach Hostel – Ischia

Another Island getaway now, to historic Ischia in the Gulf of Naples off the Italian mainland. The name itself gives this hostel a lot to live up to, and thankfully it doesn’t fall short. The view, the vibe, and the value makes Paradise Beach Hostel a truly wonderful & worthwhile place to be.

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beach party 


The Lazy Monkey Hostel – Zadar

Zadar is the perhaps a lesser visited Croatian city, with Zagreb, Dubrovnik & Split tending to be more prominent on the minds of visitors to the Adriatic, but Zadar is a deserving contender – a lively university city with youthful spirit & ancient charm in equal measure, it offers beautiful coastline and easy access to the delightful Dalmatian islands. The Lazy Monkey Hostel is a great choice for exploring all the offerings of Zadar thanks to its chilled out vibe, social common areas, fun & helpful staff, and budget-friendly prices.

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lazy monkey


Well, that was fun, I really enjoyed putting this shortlist together, even though I’m now longing to be beach-bound….perhaps if you all comment & share this enough I will be rewarded with a few days off to go building sand-castles.

There are, of course, many more beach hostels to choose from on hostelculture.com - this list is merely a few grains of sand on a veritable dune of hostels near the sea which you can book cheaper than on other hostel booking sites. We could have done multiple versions of this rundown, and perhaps we will yet, but I hope this has inspired you to seek out great hostels and some sun, sea & sand this Summer.



Written by Ray, in Dublin, while eating mammy's brown bread and listening to Otis Taylor, The Eskies, PJ Harvey, and The Beach Boys (for inspiration)