6 Coolest Surf Hostels in France (for Beginner & Pro)

10 Coolest Surf Hostels in France (for Beginner & Pro)

Picture this: riding the waves by day, sharing tales of epic wipeouts over a glass of local wine by night. From the rugged charm of the Atlantic to the sun-soaked Mediterranean vibes, we’ve picked the best surf hostels in France.

We recommend that travelers who are new to surfing and would like to learn more, visit from April to October, while more advanced surfers can benefit from the harder (and more legendary) waves from June to July.

Good to know: If you’re hopping around, we have other guides that could come in useful, like our Best Hostels in France guided, or city guides like the best hostels in Paris and Bordeaux.

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👯 For Groups:COAST – Utopy Hostel
🎒 for Backpacker:
Surf Hostel Quiberon
👫 For Socializing:L’Escale Surf Hostel
👩‍❤️‍👨 Couple Hostel: Jo&Joe Hossegor
🦸 Solo Traveler: Surf Hostel Biarritz
🧘 Cozy Hostel:Nami House

Tips for Surfing in France

Ah, France, the land of baguettes, berets, and… gnarly waves! If you’re ready to ride the surf in style, voilà, your ultimate guide to catching waves and living the good life:

Beach Break: France boasts countless beaches with various breaks to suit all skill levels. For beginners, places like Biarritz are a no-brainer. Pros, head to Hossegor for epic barrels.

Board Rentals: No need to bring your own board – most surf hostels have rentals. Just grab a fresh stick and hit the waves. Don’t worry; they’re usually in much better shape than those airport-beaten boards.

Tide Talk: Timing is key in surfing. Check local tide schedules to know when the conditions will be just right. Remember, some spots are awesome at high tide, while others shine during the low.

Best Surf Hostels in France

So we’ve narrowed it down to a few cities, they all face the Atlantic Ocean because that’s where the good surfable waves are.

There are a couple of surf lessons and surf hostels on the Mediterranean side of France, but we wouldn’t call them the best in the whole country, so they’re not mentioned here.

Best Surf Hostels in Biarritz 

Welcome to Biarritz, where the sun kisses the surf and even the seagulls have a laid-back attitude. From catching waves that high-five the Pyrenees to savoring pastries that outshine Paris, here are the best surf hostels:

We also have a specialized guide to this town so make sure to check out: best surf hostels in Biarritz.

Surf Hostel Biarritz

Located in the heart of Biarritz and within walking distance from some of the best waves in Europe, Surf Hostel Biarritz is a lovely 15-bed guest house, offering either shared or private rooms which all include free breakfast, free bike hire, and free surfboard hire! 

Whether you’re looking to stay with fellow travelers or hoping for more privacy with your stay, Surf Hostel Biarritz has accommodations to suit all needs.

Prices are quite affordable per night and a wealth of facilities are included with your stay, so we think it’s an overall great price/quality ratio that you get here.

What’s on offer?

  • Free WI-FI
  • Free breakfast every day
  • Washer & dryer available
  • Bike and surfboard hire
  • Duvet, sheet, and towels
  • Bike rental
  • Free Parking
  • 24-hour self-check-in
  • Safety deposit box rental
  • Luggage storage
  • Cable TV
  • Hair dryers
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Surf Hostel Biarritz
Surf Hostel Biarritz
Surf Hostel Biarritz Dorms
Surf Hostel Biarritz Dorms
SURF HOSTEL BIARRITZ Lounge
SURF HOSTEL BIARRITZ Lounge

COAST – Utopy Hostel

COAST – Utopy Hostel in Biarritz is an amazing place to stay for surfers of all levels.

It’s located close to breathtaking beaches, surf schools, transport hubs, restaurants, and stores. This clean and modern hostel offers a friendly atmosphere for travelers of all kinds, and the perfect opportunity to meet and connect with other people.

It’s the perfect destination for solo adventurers and groups of friends wanting an unforgettable French surf experience.

Facilities & Amenities:

  • Shared kitchen
  • Shared lounge
  • Surfboard racks

Location: Close to popular points of interest, including Cote des Basques Beach, Plage Marbella.

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COAST - Utopy Hostel Lounge
COAST - Utopy Hostel Lounge
COAST - Utopy Hostel Dorms
COAST - Utopy Hostel Dorms
COAST - Utopy Hostel
COAST - Utopy Hostel

Best Surf Hostels in Bayonne: Hostel 20 Bayonne

For a simpler yet pleasant stay near Biarritz, Hostel 20 Bayonne has 10 dormitories and 6 double rooms to offer, so you have the option of shared or private accommodation with lower prices than what you’d find nearby.

With no curfew and a 24-hour common room, bar, and kitchen for travelers, you’ll be able to grab a drink or snack or hang out with some new friends whenever the mood is right.

What’s on offer?

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Secure lockers 
  • Duvet, sheet, and towels
  • Free city maps
  • Bike rental
  • Laundry facilities
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Hostel 20 Bayonne
Hostel 20 Bayonne
Hostel 20 Bayonne Kitchen
Hostel 20 Bayonne Kitchen
Hostel 20 Bayonne Dorm
Hostel 20 Bayonne Dorm

Best Surf Hostels in Hossegor: Jo&Joe Hossegor

This quirky hostel would be well suited for people who want a bit more excitement and fun with their stay, but also still have the option to chill and have some downtime when needed.

It provides a great way to meet new people; with an onsite restaurant and bar that comes alive with music and dancing, you’re sure to leave with some of the best memories that you’ll never forget. 

With the option of having 2-person or 14-person dormitories, Jo&Joe Hossegor has a range of accommodation options for single travelers, couples, and traveling friends alike. 

The beach is within 3 minutes walking distance from Jo&Joe and just a short distance from Hossegor Lake, where you can try your hand at paddleboarding if you fancy a break from riding the waves.

Hossegor is the perfect sport for beginners and experienced surfers alike, with possible waves of up to 10 feet or more for advanced surfers, and smaller waves at spots like La Sud for those who want to learn how to surf. 

What’s on offer?

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Secure lockers
  • Duvet and sheets
  • USB port
  • Surfboard rack
  • Bike and skateboards rental
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JO&JOE Hossegor Dorms
JO&JOE Hossegor Dorms
JO&JOE Hossegor Outdoor
JO&JOE Hossegor Outdoor
JO&JOE Hossegor Hostel is one of the best beach hostels in the world
JO&JOE Hossegor Hostel is one of the best beach hostels in the world

Best Surf Hostels in Capbreton: BodyGo Surfhouse Capbreton

Located on the beautiful coast of Capbreton, BodyGo Surfhouse offers a range of accommodation options, from shared dormitories to private rooms, to stunning penthouse apartments with ocean views.

BodyGo Surfhouse offers “basic” or “comfort” options, which means you can opt for a basic room with the comfort of the BodyGo Surfhouse “comfort” but without the added benefits and at the lowest price. 

This French surf hostel is the perfect place if you’re looking for a little more luxury with your stay.

With a large, shared kitchen that has an amazing glass floor exposing surfing equipment below your feet, an ocean-facing pine terrace with seating and paths leading you straight to some incredible surfing spots, and the added luxury of a sauna, steam room, and jacuzzi available to you, this is definitely a hostel that adds a lot of convenience and comfort to any stay. 

What’s on offer? 

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Secure lockers
  • Duvet, sheet, and towels
  • Luggage storage
  • Surf equipment, skateboard, longboard, and bike rental 
  • Jacuzzi, sauna, and hammam
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • Surf lessons (additional cost)
  • Laundry facilities (additional cost)
Book BodyGo Surfhouse here

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BodyGo Surfhouse Terrace
BodyGo Surfhouse Terrace
BodyGo Surfhouse
BodyGo Surfhouse
BodyGo Surfhouse Equipment
BodyGo Surfhouse Equipment

Best Surf Hostels in L’Oyat: Surf Hostel Quiberon

Surf Hostel Quiberon situated in the center of Saint-Pierre-Quiberon, offers an incredible location close to fantastic surf and kite spots.

Travelers will find themselves in a warm and comfortable surf oasis, featuring clean and cozy rooms, awesome ocean views, and bike and surfboard rentals.

Every morning, you can enjoy a delicious continental breakfast while sharing smiles with each other (or grumps depending on whether or not you’re a morning person).

The host, Cyril, creates a friendly and inviting environment that will guarantee an experience you’ll never forget.

Facilities & Amenities:

  • Garden and a terrace.
  • Continental breakfast is offered.
  • Surfboard, bike, and swimsuit rentals.
  • Common lounge.

Location: a short walk away from Penthièvre Beach. Ideal for surf and kite spots. Quick access to the ocean for beach and surf activities.

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Surf Hostel Quiberon Dorm
Surf Hostel Quiberon Dorm
Surf Hostel Quiberon Garden
Surf Hostel Quiberon Garden
Surf Hostel Quiberon Lounge
Surf Hostel Quiberon Lounge

Best Surf Hostels in Bidart: AUBERGE KOSKENIA

Nestled in the heart of Bidart, Koskenia Hostel offers an unparalleled experience for surf enthusiasts seeking a social atmosphere in one of France’s top surf hostels.

Along with cozy accommodations featuring private bathrooms, travelers can indulge in locally sourced cuisine, mingle at the café-bar, and participate in fun activities like cycling.

Furthermore, the hostel’s prime location means easy access to stunning beaches and affordable surf equipment rentals. 

Facilities & Amenities:

  • A restaurant, a bar, and a terrace.
  • Provides a local grocer’s shop, co-working space, and event facilities.
  • Surf equipment rental nearby.

Location: KOSKENIA Hostel in the heart of Bidart, between Biarritz and Saint Jean de Luz. Nearest and nicest beach 10-15 minutes’ walk away.

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AUBERGE KOSKENIA
AUBERGE KOSKENIA
AUBERGE KOSKENIA Common
AUBERGE KOSKENIA Common
AUBERGE KOSKENIA Lounge
AUBERGE KOSKENIA Lounge

Best Surf Hostels in Anglet

Tucked away in the French Basque Country, this coastal spot is your laid-back escape without the fuss. Whether you’re here to ride the waves, soak up some sun, or just enjoy the effortlessly cool atmosphere, Anglet’s got you covered. Here are its best surf hostels:

Spotsleeping

Spotsleeping Hostel in Anglet is the spot for an amazing surfing experience in France.

Located a mere 1640 feet from the shoreline, the hostel offers unbeatable convenience.

Bruno and Sandrine are welcoming hosts, and they are more than happy to share their surf knowledge with their guests.

Those looking to kick back can relax on the outdoor terrace, cycle, or take a hike.

Or, if you just want to chat, the clean and laid-back common area is the perfect spot. 

Facilities & Amenities:

  • Hostel with water sports facilities.
  • Equipped kitchen 
  • Outdoor terrace

Location: Located in Anglet, 1640 feet from the beach. 10-minute walk to Les Halles des Cinq Cantons market. Easy access to Biarritz city center, just 10 minutes by bus.

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Spotsleeping
Spotsleeping
Spotsleeping Lounge
Spotsleeping Lounge
Spotsleeping Terrace
Spotsleeping Terrace

Nami House

Tucked away in Anglet, Nami House is a chill spot for global wanderers. It’s not just a Basque hostel; it’s a surfer’s haven and a social hub.

Here, breakfasts are communal, stories get swapped over barbecues, and the sun terrace buzzes with socialization. Surfboards are up for rent, and the beach is just a stroll away. Decked out in cool Hawaiian-Japanese vibes, it’s a place to kick back and soak in the laid-back atmosphere. 

Facilities & Amenities:

  • Common areas
  • Surf and yoga classes are available.
  • BBQ and sun terrace.
  • Table tennis 
  • Bike and surfboard rentals are at an extra cost.
  • INDOBOARD, and long skate.
  • wetsuits for rent.
  • Surf classes are available for all levels.
  • Free breakfast is served daily.

Location: Located in Anglet. 15-minute walk (5 minutes by bike) to the beach. 5-minute bike ride to the pine forest. Nearby amenities include a bakery, a local supermarket open till 10 pm, a pharmacy, a food market, and restaurants.

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Nami House Garden
Nami House Garden
Nami House
Nami House
Nami House Dorm
Nami House Dorm

Best Surf Hostels in Guéthary: L’Escale Surf Hostel

L’Escale Surf Hostel is located in the middle of Guethary’s village and offers a lively yet peaceful atmosphere, ideal for meeting fellow travelers.

It’s conveniently close to stunning beaches, cafes, and transport options, making it one of the top surf hostels in France.

Travelers can enjoy the fully-equipped living spaces and take advantage of surfboard rentals or insider tips about the best surf spots around.

With its focus on fostering community and positive vibes, L’Escale Surf Hostel is like being at home away from home for surfers and travelers alike.

Facilities & Amenities:

  • A terrace, a living room, and a fully furnished kitchen
  • Surfboard rental, laundry service, inside board racks for guests with their own boards
  • Free WiFi
  • Arranged surf lessons

Location: It is situated 4.4 miles from Saint Jean de Luz Train Station, 4.7 miles from Biarritz La Négresse Train Station, and 4.7 miles from Saint Jean Baptiste Church. The hostel is conveniently located near various beaches, including Parlementia Beach, Uhabia Beach, and Cenitz Beach.

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L'Escale Surf Hostel Lounge
L'Escale Surf Hostel Lounge
L'Escale Surf Hostel
L'Escale Surf Hostel
L'Escale Surf Hostel Dorms
L'Escale Surf Hostel Dorms

What about the cheapest hostels in France?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels. But how do you actually find them? When you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you want to save every dollar, there are ways to find the cheapest places in France.

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What are the best surf hostels in France?

Where in France do people surf?

People surf a bit all over the lower west coast of France, but one of the most popular surfing destinations is Hossegor. This town is tucked away in South-west France and is a surfer's dream. Its sandbanks create amazing barrels, pulling in surfers globally. Come fall, it's also home to the Quiksilver Pro, a surfing competition that spans 5 to 6 days depending on the year.

Can you surf in the French Riviera?

Yes, you can! But like we mentioned, we don't think that is the best area to surf in France. If you're intent on going there, the best time to surf would be from October to May.

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