ITH Beach Bungalow Surf Hostel

When you do a cultural exchange at the ITH Beach Bungalow, you join the ITH family! We all work together to make our hostel the best it can be while experiencing the amazing San Diego beach life! We are located OCEAN FRONT in Pacific Beach- a bustling young beach town in San Diego. We've got an awesome front deck overlooking the beach and ocean where you can always find a friend to hang with :) We aim to make every person who walks into the hostel feel like family and have the best experience possible!!!

Here at the ITH Beach Bungalow, we operate as a big family. We all work hard on housekeeping and reception (25 hours per person per week) plus hosting awesome activities for the guests and family style meals throughout the week. We all take turns hosting 1 evening social activity and 1 meal every week. We expect our cultural exchange members to meet and greet every single person they see in the hostel. This is a very social and interactive environment so if saying hello to every person you see in the hostel doesn't sound awesome then this is not the place for you. You will constantly be surrounded by awesome people looking to make life long friends! We are here to give the guests the best experience of San Diego possible! Luckily our ocean front location makes this incredibly easy! We are all about the California beach vibes here! You can always find someone hanging on the deck, probably sipping a beer and chatting it up with everybody! We offer surf lessons on the weekends, plus amazing adventure activities (hikes, bike tours, paddle boarding tours, +more) every single day! The adventure activities are either entirely free or very very cheap (no more than $15). In addition to our awesome day time activities, we host evening social activities every night! These include $1 drinks in downtown, pub crawls, beer pong nights, costume parties, +more. Our night time social activities are hosted by our cultural exchange members. To make an awesome night activity, you'll need to be talking it up to everyone at the hostel! Get everyone excited about your awesome activity that's happening that night :) We love HELPFUL people! There's always something to do here at the hostel. Lending us a helping hand means the world- when you are on or off shift! In exchange for 25 hours of housekeeping/reception, 1 night time activity and 1 family meal, you'll receive complimentary accommodation in our "family member's" room with an en suite bathroom just for family members. You'll have access to our complimentary breakfast everyday. In addition to that, you are welcome to all of our daily and nightly activities for FREE (except when we have to pay for rentals or transport, never more than $15). And the best part? You get to make AMAZING life long friends and experiences along the way :) ***REQUIREMENTS*** Must be at least 21 years old, Experienced with hostels/shared accommodations, No couples/groups, solo travelers only!!! Must stay at least 2 months!!

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This host receives a lot of worldpackers and has a high average rating.

Reviews

5.0
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Staff & Host

5.0

Hours & Tasks

4.5

Hostel

5.0

Learning & Fun

5.0

Ecuador

5

Ith Beach Bungalow has a special place in my heart. Location is phenomenal, walk distance to everything: groceries, beach, clubs, bars, restaurants, parks.
The hostel itself has a vibe that makes you feel home.

The staff is so welcoming and they care about you !
The activities at the hostel are also super fun and you will always have something fun to do 🫡
The work hours are well respected and you will have more than enough time to explore San Diego 😍
You wont regret to come here and experience San Diego vibes at the best beach hostel ❤️‍🔥 and have the best time of your life

about 1 month ago

United States

5

Reflecting back on my time at the Beach Bungalow, it was truly an amazing experience. The community that is formed by staff and guests at the hostel are very welcoming. You do work around 24 hrs a week, but it still gives you plenty of time to explore outside of the bungalow if you choose to do so. Whenever I had an issue, I usually brought it to one of the managers, and they would help me get it resolved in a timely manner. Overall, this program is structured in a pretty organized fashion. To the ITH Family, thank you so much for a great experience and I hope to be back in the future!

about 1 month ago

United States

5

This was my first time volunteering and it has been life-changing. My staff quickly became my family and I’m incredibly grateful to have lived this experience with them. I found fulfillment in creating deep connections with liked-minded people from all around the world. I have learned so much about myself—what I value, what I want, what I don’t like and what I love. I recommend an open mind and coming in with little expectations. Give from a place of love & you shall receive the same. It has been a beautiful experience that I will take with me forever ❤️

6 months ago

France

5

This Hostel IS a great place for meeting peoples to différents country and have fun with the beach and activity !

6 months ago

United States

5

Party hostelllll! Accommodation is an 8 bed in the hostel. Gorgeous deck to go out on. Just fyi most of the hostel doesn’t have a roof and is mainly outdoors except for the dorms of course. It can get a little chilly in winter. Being on the beach is amazing, the manager STACIE IS AWESOME. You will have so much fun here! You can also stay at other ITH’s for free while you’re here and it’s nice to travel around cali/mexico.

7 months ago


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