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.
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:
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:
How about staying in the most remote jungle hostel in Costa Rica?
This hostel is adventure, nature, art, 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 least 2 nights, better 3-4 nights.
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 with 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:
To kick start here is a gorgeous beachfront hostel and bar located 2km from Puerto Viejo.
It’s possible to stay in a dorm with super sturdy bunks, or sleep under the stars in the camping area. Either way you can make use of the facilities including kitchen, bar, restaurant and hammock area. Breakfast is included!
Oh and a few extras: surf lessons and bike hire is available.
And more on this guide, we recommend these hostel in Costa Rica as we recommend them to our family and friends, check them out for yourself.
See you all there.
Travelling around Costa Rica can be slow. And by that we mean slow-paced! There is a lot of surfing and chilling to be had here.
In which case, it might be an idea to choose 2-3 destinations during your time in the country.
If you’re not too sure where to go, or which direction to travel, here are a few itinerary suggestions:
San Jose + La Fortuna or Jaco + Monteverde
San Jose + Santa Teresa (for surfing)
San José + Puerto Rico (coast life)
San José + El Tortuguero (to spot turtles)
San José + Manuel Antonio (National Park) + Drake bay (to unwind) + Caño Island (snorkel)
San José + La Fortuna (beach destination) + Manuel Antonio (national park)
Not surprisingly, San José is the best city to start in. It’s the capital of Costa Rica and the most convenient place to fly in to.
Hostel Packing List
Okay, after finding all these best hostels in Costa Rica, it’s time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack.
This list of the best Backpacker and Luxury Hostels, the 5 Star Hostels, will always stay up to date.
We will keep adding all the greatest budget accommodations. Whether it is a Design Hostel, Boutique Hostel, Eco or Green Hostel – we will have a close look on these backpacker accommodations.
Other 5 Star Hostels
Besides the listed accommodation, we also put together the best hostels in the world; the 5 Star Hostels.
We stayed in a former winery in Santorini, in a former jail-now 5 Star Hostel and many more. And we share all of those unique budget accommodations with you.
We unbox the hostels and check all their pros and cons. For each destination, there can be only 1 hostel be chosen to be a 5 Star-Awarded Hostel.
This is your shortcut to your hostel-picks, saving you lots of time in your accommodation research.
And for sure, it gives you the security of a top-hostel choice without any bad surprises.
Update: We now cover as well curated 3-best hostels guide to cities with no 5 Star Hostels such as Paris, Seoul and Sydney.
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Your Smart Packing List
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