Santos Express Train Lodge

Overlooking Santos Beach along the Garden Route, this quirky hostel housed in train carriages and an adjoining annexe is 1 km from the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex and 3 km from The Shark Lab aquarium.

A 16-bed dormitory has bunk beds and a shared bathroom. Private, simply furnished rooms are set within the railway carriages; some look out over the beach. Upgraded rooms and wood-panelled suites add en suite facilities.

There’s a relaxed seafood restaurant/bar; continental breakfast is complimentary for guests staying in private rooms.