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backpacking in the US - 2007/07/10 13:47 I will be travelling around the states for a couple of months towards the end of the year. Does anyone know of good backpacker hostels close to the beach, near good surf and with board hire nearby?
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Re:backpacking in the US - 2007/07/11 03:13 Where?

Which coast? What states? The islands? What time of year?
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Re:backpacking in the US - 2007/07/11 07:45 im heading over mid Nov for 2 months. Travelling around the mainland. Was planning on spending some time in San Diego, other than that im open to suggestions. Pretty much wherever i can get to by bus or train and find cheap accomodation.
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Re:backpacking in the US - 2007/07/14 02:52 I don't know too of too many hostels but I know you can find some realtively cheap motels (same thing) around the larger surf cities, i.e: Santa Cruz, Huntington and probably quite a few down in diego. Theres also many camp areas but honestly the state beaches are just barely less expensive than finding a cheap motel except you would be right on the beach on some cases.
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Re:backpacking in the US - 2007/07/14 06:55 Try going north or south. Mexico should be banging in November plus you might find cheaper accomodations.

The central coast (north of point conception) should be firing on the winter swells, if it's not blown out. Get up early for best conditions. You might get lucky and get some nice offshore late fall days. It'll likely be butt-cold though, so bring at least a 4/3 and think about bumping it up to a hooded 5/4/3. I'd try the Morrow Bay/Cambria area. You can get to Grover Beach or SanLuis Obispo by train but your own your own after that. Be warned, travlling by Amtrak is NOT cheap. It's the off-season so you might find some motel and hostel deals. There is about 1 hostel per city on the central coast, but they're not necessarily cheaper than a cheap motel. Check the internet and call ahead. Bargain for good rates. Be prepared for a lot of walking.

Skip the coast from Cambria to Big Sur. You might find some spots with a boat, but bus service/cheap lodging is nonexistant. There's some hot-looking spots near Carmel and Monterey (Pebble beach golf course) along "17-mile Drive" that might go off on a big NW. Good luck getting in.

Or head way north to the Santa Cruz/San Francisco area. Lotsa surf up there in the winter.

I would take the Pacific Surfliner up from SanDiego. See if you can get a ticket that lets you get off for a few days and then keep heading north after that. Stop at the coastal cities and check them out. There's a lot of good surf spots along that route. Ask around when you get off the train.

If you get stuck in LA, head for Palos Verdes or El Porto (El Segundo city). Good luck on lodging. The Southbay (LA-SanDiego) is one of the most expensive regions in the US.
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Re:backpacking in the US - 2007/07/15 18:08 if you're in the SLO area there is a rad campground in Pismo
its called North Beach Campground. Its Right off the 101 i believe on Dolliver.
Its cheap i think 11 dollars a night?
and there is showers and restrooms. but you will need a tent or something to sleep in.
Dont know if that'll help any but eh wont hurt to let ya know.
There are many campgrounds along the coast with showers and restrooms

check
www.reserveamerica.com

they have a heap of them listed on there.
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