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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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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.

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