Are you about to head to Costa Rica but still unsure where exactly to stay? You’ve just so happened to stumble upon the perfect guide for you. Here we have a collection of the best hostels in Costa Rica.
From San José to La Fortuna – we’ve got every cool destination covered.
Are these really the top hostels in Costa Rica?
The quality of some of these hostels will have your draw dropping to the ground. No joke.
All of the usual bases are covered. There’s a hostel for female solo travellers, couples and of course, backpackers. They all offer something for everyone, it just depends what you’re after.
Selina San José has a really cool edgy urban vibe and boasts tempting private rooms. Think of tons of space and rich oak furniture.
There’s a communal area, co-working space, games room, and an on-site bar selling delicious cocktails. If you’re looking for things to do, consider joining an organized yoga session or renting a bicycle.
The area of Barrio Otoya is full of Latin spirit. By nightfall go salsa dancing or start a pub crawl.
Located between Playa Langosta and Playa Grande, Selina Tamarindo is one of the best in the region for learning to surf. Selina Tamarindo offers surfing lessons that are designed for curious beginners and seasoned pros alike. This is why it’s also part of our guide to the Coolest Surf Hostels in Costa Rica.
There are plenty of activities that you can do aside from surfing. Fill your trip with adventure by joining several activities like restorative yoga, meditation, hiking, day diving, snorkeling, and more.
Selina Tamarindo has all the amenities to make your adventure a great one – cozy bedrooms, fresh and clean bathrooms, free parking, a swimming pool, and much more.
This small town west of San José was once a small fishing village relying on agriculture as an income. Now, you have the chance to support the local community by staying at one (or more) of these cool hostels:
Somos is an impressive contemporary hostel surrounded by the beauty of the Santa Tereasa wilderness. With an open-air design, it’s an ideal place for indulging in a beverage, working, or catching up on some sleep.
The atmosphere at Somos is what makes it truly special; it’s renowned for bringing travelers from all over the world together, and it’s not uncommon for guests to make friends for life.
Salty Enthusiasts Share House & Villas offers the perfect escape into Santa Teresa’s natural beauty. Located off the main road, the facility provides various room types to accommodate all types of travelers.
Guests can choose between double rooms, female-only 6-bed dorms, and private apartments with terraces. These apartments are ideal for couples that want a private, affordable escape. With two beds, couples can even invite friends along for the trip.
Monteverde Backpackers is a great option for solo travellers looking to meet people and have a good time. Backpackers and other young travellers from all over the globe get together at the hostel.
It’s a fantastic place for solo travellers to meet like-minded people and go on shared experiences. The fact that the whole place is run by Costa Ricans is another great thing about Monteverde Backpackers.
This wonderfully colourful hostel offers cloud forest views from the lodge balcony, kitchen and almost all outdoor areas.
Cabinas Vista Al Golfo is an affordable option for backpackers that still want to maintain a close location to restaurants, supermarkets etc. There’s a handy kitchen to help keep costs low, including free tea and coffee which is always a welcome bonus.
Camino Verde Hostel has only private rooms on offer that are designed perfectly for couples, families and small groups. It’s laid out more like a family house, encouraging all travellers to treat it like their home.
The balcony views and wooden interior will make you feel as though you’re living in the cloud forest!
Enjoy a free brekky and be sure to ask the staff about excursions and generous discounts.
One of the best family hostels in Costa Rica for sure!
Jacó is the gateway to national parks, great nightlife and stunning beaches. If you are looking for the best party places in Costa Rica, Jacó is your place. We’ve worked hard to find you some fantastic hostels in this area, including a fun party hostel:
Are you currently on a solo backpacking trip across Costa Rica?
If this is the case, the Planet B Hostel is the perfect location for you! It is able to accommodate guests who are searching for a hostel that won’t break your wallet but will nonetheless provide a good experience.
There is one private bedroom available, however, the other lodging choices are all shared dormitories with either four or eight beds per room.
If you are looking for a unique lodging experience that allows you to take part in activities like surfing, yoga, and water sports, then the Whale Tail Hostel in Uvita is the perfect place for you.
Located near Hermosa Beach and the Palmar Sur Airport, you can enjoy the property’s swimming pool, bar, shared lounge, and garden. Whether you are a novice or an experienced surfer, this hotel will be sure to provide a memorable stay.
For female solo travellers looking for a great place to stay in Uvita, Karandi Hostel is a top-notch choice. It has all the amenities one could need, such as a spacious garden, beautiful views, a shared kitchen, and much more.
Plus, it is conveniently located close to the national park, where you can admire the fascinating wildlife. What’s more, the hostel is decorated with vibrant colours, making it an ideal spot to put a smile on your face.
How about staying in the most remote jungle hostel in Costa Rica?
This hostel is adventure, nature, art, and life!
The Jaguar’s Jungle Lodge & Hostel is located a 20-minute boat ride from Drake Bay, on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula (check the map here).
The property shares a border with the Corcovado National Park, and is the closest lodge to Cano Island Marine Reserve.
Since it is the only hostel that comes near the border of Corcovado, they have the advantage of offering travelers exclusive hiking access to the park.
Most Corcovado tours are boated in from Drake Bay and cost between $90-280. Being right next to the park border gives us the opportunity to offer cheaper and longer tours to Costa Rica’s number one national park.
Other activities include swimming at any of the hostels 3 private beaches, kayaking in brand new kayaks, fishing, tree climbing (top roping strangler figs), horseback riding, snorkeling, hiking, tide pooling, surfing, and whale and dolphin watching.
Seriously, THAT Costa Rica Hostel will make your trip even more memorable. We recommend staying here at the very least 2 nights, better 3-4 nights.
If our #1 choice isn’t quite enough for you, perhaps Martina’s Place will be more your style.
Keeping hold of the chill vibe, Martina’s is only 2-minutes from the beach, supermarket, and ice-cream place.
The staff knows all there is to know about local tours so make sure you chat with them. The possibilities in this area are endless! After a day of exploring enjoy the good wi-fi and free tea and coffee.
Surrounded by the most beautiful mountains of Costa Rica is San Isidro de El General.
Located one hour away from the beach, this small city is rich in local culture. If you are an adventurous traveller you can reach Cerro Chirripo from San Isidro de El general, the tallest mountain in Costa Rica.
On the East Coast of Costa Rica is the stunning sandbar of Tortuguero. The beaches in this area are a major nesting site for green turtles and the rainforest shelter beautiful animals such as the jaguar and tapir.
Check out our handpicked best hostels in Tortuguero:
This is one of the best hostels in Puerto Viejo for couples! Nestled in the heart of Puerto Viejo, the Pagalù Hostel is just 2 minutes away from Negra Beach. So, if you are looking for a beachfront hotel surrounded by lush greenery with amazing restaurant services – checking out Pagalù is a good idea.
They have a variety of rooms (dorms, singles, and doubles) at different rates that give you the flexibility to choose the best for you according to your budget. Free Wi-Fi is also available on the property. The hostel features a shared lounge area, where you can enjoy a drink and relax after a long day. Because of the beautiful and spacious terrace, you’ll be able to witness the wonderful Caribbean beauty.