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Casa del Mar Hostel

Casa del Mar Hostel

Destination: Santa Teresa

One-minute from Playa Santa Teresa, 20 surfboards available, and two cheap Argentine restaurants on site: Casa del Mar Hostel equals beach-backpacking excellence.

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Rooms

Walk between awesome palm and carao trees to reach the hostel building, a renovated wood-furnished home with an eccentric blue-and-white mural of marine creatures hand-painted by a traveler from New York who bartered artwork for accommodation.

Make yourself comfortable in one of the two downstairs shared backpacker rooms, $12 per night, with six or eight beds; or head upstairs toward one of two private rooms, $35 per night in wet season (May-Nov.), with wood floors and furnishings, king and bunk beds, Wi-Fi and a private bathroom.

Services and amenities

You can chow down on Argentine food all you want: the Casa del Mar restaurant serves steak and wood-fired pizzas, and the Empanada Chiringuito snack bar makes great empanadas, salads, sandwiches and smoothies. For any other meal, the hostel has a community kitchen so you can do your own thing.

Casa del Mar's a true surf-centered hostel; tons of boards available for you to take out solo or use during a two-hour lesson, $50, with one of its certified instructors, hammocks for napping before you head partying 10-minutes up the street at La Lora Amarilla disco bar, and an overnight security guard to make sure you come and go from the hostel safely.

Casa del Mar Hostel in Pictures