13 Best Hostels in Nicaragua - Infinity Pool, Beach Activities & Jungle Eco-Lodge
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This guide explores the top sights of Nicaragua including León and Granada.

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List of Destinations with the Best Hostels in Nicaragua

In case you have a city in mind, feel free to skip straight to that section.

The destinations covered in this guide are:

We put all hostels and backpacker places in Nicaragua on this big hostel map. It will help a lot of planning your Nicaragua Backpacking trip.

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Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦁 Best Hostel in León:Poco a Poco Hostel
🎣 Best Hostel in Las Peñitas:Mano a Mano Eco Hostal
⛪ Best Hostel in Granada:Hostel De Boca en Boca
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads in León:Casa Lula
👫 Best for Socializing in Granada:Selina Granada
🧘 Best for Yoga-Lovers in San Juan del Sur:Hush Maderas
🏖️ Best Beach Hostel in Popoyo: Escondite Pacifico
📖 Best for Relaxing in Laguna de Apoyo: Paradiso Hostel

Best Hostels in León

Let’s kick start the adventure in León, a big city in western Nicaragua. The massive cathedral is certainly striking, and there are volcanoes nearby!

Other reasons that may pull you to León probably include the salsa dancing, diverse food and fun street art.

And of course these four great hostels to choose from:

  1. The Spot Leon
  2. Poco a Poco Hostel
  3. Casa Lula
  4. Hostal La Tortuga Booluda

1. The Spot Leon

Would you believe us if we said The Spot is the spot to be in Leon? You soon will!

Here are 6 reasons why this is the spot for you:

  • Laidback atmoshpere
  • Weekly activities
  • Yummy burgers
  • Garden with hammocks
  • One of the best sushi in Leon
  • 15 minutes from the beach

As for rooms, there is a 6-bed mixed dorm and a double private.

Location: 2-minutes from Central Park and within short walking distance to all of the major sights. Spot on.

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The Spot Leon is one of the best hostels in Nicaragua, Central America

2. Poco a Poco Hostel

Aside from the cool name, Poco a Poco Hostel specialise in fun vibes.

How could you fail to smile when there is option to go Volcano Boarding after a free welcome drink and breakfast?!

Many more activities are on offer, too. Join a food tour or spice it up a little with a salsa session.

Dorm rooms come with 4, 8 and 10-beds. There is also a private option for 2 or 4 people.

Location: right in the historical area just two blocks from central square. An ATM, bars and restaurants are close by to the hostel.

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3. Casa Lula

Casa Lula is housed in a 200 year old colonial home that surrounds a beautiful open courtyard garden.

Make use of the business-grade WiFi and rustle up something yummy in the shared kitchen. There is even Netflix!

Staff are at hand 24/7 to show you to your room.

Solo travellers can opt for the 6-bed dorm. Couples might prefer a double private.

Location: a mere 200m from the Cathedral, Central Park and Central Market. Easy.

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Casa Lula is one of the best hostels in Nicaragua, Central America

4. Hostal La Tortuga Booluda

No doubt the words ‘swimming pool’ will grab your attention.

Yep; Hostal La Tortuga Booluda boasts an outdoor pool and a cute little turtle called Tito.

It’s a hostel that’s more like a home, and far from a party place. Relax and unwind here easily.

Enjoy a

  • Free breakfast
  • Range of musical instruments
  • Book exchange
  • Self-service bar

Location: situated 3.5 blocks from Central Park, in a safe residential street. All of the city’s attractions plus bars and restaurants are a short walk away.

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Hostal la Tortuga Booluda is one of the best hostels in Nicaragua, Central America

Best Hostels in Las Peñitas: Mano a Mano Eco Hostal

Just a short (but sweaty) bus ride from León is a fishing village and tourist beach community called Las Peñitas. It’s the place to go for beach, surf and beachfront cafes.

And honestly, once you arrive at Mano a Mano Eco Hostal you might never leave.

It’s built up of completely recycled and organic materials with amazing beach views. Get your yoga on, take a surf class (or ten) and chill in the beach bar and restaurant.

To top it off the bedrooms are absolutely gorgeous. Private suites come with a hammock and dorm beds are made from bamboo.

Location: quite literally by the sandy beach of Las Peñitas, a surfers paradise. Need we say more?

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Best Hostels in Managua: Manyaku Hostel

The capital city of Nicaragua! A city like many others, you may just find yourself passing through.

Just in case, we found a chill accommodation for you.

Manyaku Hostel is brand new on the scene, calling themselves an alternative hostel.

The artistic expression of the place is cool. Supporting local creativity, the garage/patio/bar is a place for music, painting and theatre.

Enjoy a splash in the garden pool and enjoy the use of a fully-equipped kitchen.

Location: In the heart of Managua, 2 blocks from the Metrocentro shopping area. Bus stations and a supermarket are within walking distance.

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Manyaku Hostel is one of the best hostels in Nicaragua, Central America

Best Hostels in Granada

Not to be confused with the Granada in Spain, though the weather might trick you into thinking you are there.

Photographers eat your heart out – the Old Town is one to be captured.

The coolest hostels in Granada are:

  1. Selina Granada
  2. Hostel De Boca en Boca
  3. El Caite Hostel

1. Selina Granada

BUM, this is the coolest hostels in Granada, Nicaragua, no doubt! In our opinion, it is one of the best Selina Hostels.

Selina Hostel in Granada is a hub for art, cultural curiosity, and roasted coffee. Yes, Matt is still a coffee-nerd.

Location: Based in the heart the colonial city. You are just a 10 Minute walk away from the Mombacho Volcano, Nebliselva Forest, Lake Nicaragua and even beautiful beaches.

Same as with many Selina Hostels, you can enjoy morning Yoga which we do recommend.

Join the weekend parties, experience live music acts, indulge in coffee infused rum or a homemade mochaccino, and connect with international and local crowds.

A pity 😔, the discount code to Selina Hostels expired. Check all valid discounts here.

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Swimming Pool at Selina Granada, Nicaragua Best Hostel for Female Solo Traveller: Selina Granada One of the coolest hostels to hang out in Nicaragua: Selina Granada

2. Hostel De Boca en Boca

Hostel De Boca en Boca has many things to entice travellers, including:

  • An open kitchen (& free breakfast)
  • Hammocks
  • Bar & free coffee
  • Rooftop area

Every dorm bed includes linen, reading light and a little spot for your drinking bottle. A big locker also includes a charging point.

Location: right in the centre of Granada, 2 blocks from Central Park. Less than 30-minutes from kayaking, zip lining, crater swimming and chocolate making opportunities.

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3. El Caite Hostel

Coming in a close second is the atmospheric El Caite Hostel.

You’ll easily spend most of your time in the pool or swinging in a hammock. We won’t judge.

Fun: Caite is a Nahault word meaning shoes or sandals.

Depending on your budget, you can choose a room with or without A/C. Female solo travellers can opt for a female dorm.

Location: In one of the most privileged parts of Granada, minutes from Fortaleza de la Pólvora.

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El Caite is one of the best hostels in Nicaragua, Central America

Best Hostels in Laguna de Apoyo: Paradiso Hostel

On the edge of Apoyo Lagoon, in a small area called La Laguna is a pretty impressive place we want you to discover. It’s also within shuttle distance of Granada.

Leave the fast-paced life behind and settle down in nature at Paradiso Hostel.

The well stocked bar and restaurant serves homemade food and delicious cocktails at a fair price.

Then all that’s left to do is play! You’ll have direct access to the water, free kayaks, volleyball and a water dock to make use of.

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Best Hostels in Popoyo: Escondite Pacifico

Looking for beach, beach and even more beach? We reckon you’ll like Popyo, in that case.

Get active and engage in ecologically committed accommodation with Escondite Pacifico.

It’s right bang on the shores of Playa Guascate – hit the waves and wind down with some yoga afterwards.

Go crazy and enjoy the great food menu, cold beers and fun movie nights on the big outdoor screen.

Location: a tranquil beach paradise where there is only waves, jungle and silence. Oh and cool party options nearby such as Big Surf House and Viento Este Pizza.

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Escondite Pacifico is one of the best hostels in Nicaragua, Central America

Best Hostels in Ometepé (Balgue):

You will fall in love with this island. We have put together a thorough guide, an overview of the best hostels in Ometepé. Here we cover many more details like prices, get around and such. The coolest backpacker hostels in Ometepe are:

  1. La Urraca Loca
  2. Hostel Life is Good
  3. Hospedaje Soma
  4. Extra: El Pital Chocolate Paradise

1. La Urraca Loca Hostel

In case you’re a little confused; Ometepé is a small island in Lake Cocibolca, and Balgue is the area where you’ll find La Urraca Loca Hostel.

And might we say, what a gem!

Get lost amongst the flowers and fruit trees. Watch the hummingbirds and capuchin monkeys from the hammock. Admire two volcanoes from the garden. Take a Spanish lesson.

There are both dorm and private rooms with a shared bathroom on offer.

Location: Two minutes from the bus stop, close to local people and next to a forest. Plenty of restaurants and shops around the hostel.

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Bedroom at La Urraca Loca Lounge area at La Urraca Loca

2. Hostel Life is Good

In Ometepe, Hostel Life is Good is one of the best place to stay if you’re a traveller wishing to sit and relax. The hostel has quickly become a top choice for visitors visiting Nicaragua because of its charming, peaceful, and familiar atmosphere.

Concepcion Volcano and San Juan Beach are both easily accessible on foot from the hostel (only a twenty-minute drive). While getting about is still a hassle, tourists have the option of taking the bus or exploring at their own pace by renting a scooter, motorcycle, or ATV.

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Hostel Life is Good Private room at Hostel Life is Good

3. Hospedaje Soma

If you’re travelling to Ometepe Island with a group, Hospedaje Soma is a gorgeous place to stay and could well be the best-kept secret in Moyogalpa. This hostel is great for large parties, small families, and romantic getaways. You may choose from two large cabins, luxury queen rooms, dorm rooms, or ordinary accommodations at Hospedaje Soma.

The large cottages are great for groups of people or couples in need of some alone time. A single bed, a queen bed, solar hot water showers, a private veranda with plenty of seating, and a hammock are all included in each cabin.

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Hospedaje Soma Swimming Pool Room at Hospedaje Soma

4. El Pital Chocolate Paradise

A trip to Nicaragua’s El Pital Chocolate Paradise will be unforgettable for those in search of a relaxing beach vacation. The beach hostel’s cosy cottages and dormitories are designed to harmoniously coexist with their natural surroundings.

In order to keep guests active and interested throughout their stay, the hostel offers a full schedule of activities. There are chocolate excursions, seminars, movie evenings, Reggae Nights every Wednesday, Sunday house parties, and Friday and Saturday night bonfire raves for the guests to enjoy.

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El Pital Chocolate Paradise

Private bedroom at El Pital

Best Hostels in Big Corn Island: Mimundo Corn Island Hostel

Update: This hostel has permanently closed. We do not currently have another recommendation for Big Corn Island.

About 70 kilometres east of Nicaragua are two Corn Islands. Let’s venture to the Big one!

Mimundo Corn Island Hostel happens to be the first (and so far only) hostel on the island. It also happens to be the perfect place to enjoy paradise.

The ocean is practically on the doorstep. And the balcony is an ideal spot for sunrise and sunset.

There is also a bar, free Wifi and small dorms with 4-beds.

Mimundo Corn Island Hostel is one of the best hostels in Nicaragua, Central America

Best Hostels in San Juan del Sur:

We wrote a super detailed guide on the coolest hostels in San Juan del Sur. We are talking Party, we are talking epic swimming pools with gorgeous views. The best hostels are:

  1. Dreamsea Surf Camp Nicaragua
  2. Puk’s Palace
  3. Salt Water Hostel
  4. Hush Maderas
  5. Selina Maderas

Read the detailed guide on best hostels in San Juan del Sur here. There we go into detail of the first 3 hostels. Let’ check the other two hostels here below:

1. Dreamsea Surf Camp Nicaragua

The San Juan del Sur forest is home to the eco-friendly Dreamsea Surf Camp. The main building has three floors, a friendly atmosphere, a restaurant, a bar, a lounge, a front desk, a place to hang out, and a room for yoga lessons on the third floor.

There are 10 elevated cabanas at Dreamsea Surf Camp. Five of them are suites with private bathrooms, three are dorm rooms, and two are for two people.

This super social hostel has parking, towels, bedsheets, Wi-Fi (in the lobby and common areas), luggage storage, airport pickup, 24-hour security, and more.

Oh, and as the name implies, it is a fantastic Surf School, too! They offer different packages from daily surfing, weekly packages etc. On top, they also offer Yoga classes. Last but not least, the bar and swimming pool. The photos speak for themselves.

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Private room at Dreamsea Surf Resort Nicaragua

Relax at the outdoor pool with nipa hut at Dreamsea Surf Resort Nicaragua

2. Puk’s Palace

Puk’s Palace is a simple party hostel for a solo traveler or a partier. Up in the hills, the hostel has one pool that makes a great instagrammable sunset spot.

Take advantage of the free shuttles that go in and out of town. While you shouldn’t need to leave the hostel, you are always welcome to explore San Juan del Sur and its beach, boutiques, and restaurants.

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Watch the sun set at Puk’s Palace

Dormitory at Puk’s Palace

3. Salt Water Hostel

Salt Water Hostel is another place for partiers and solo travelers. Located in the heart of San Juan del Sur, you have access to any store, ATM, supermarket, boutique, or bar nearby. Not only that, but you are close to the beaches, and the hostel offers a shuttle service to ensure safe visits.

Whether you want to relax and read a book from the bookstore or go out and party, the Salt Water Hostel has it all.

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Lounge area at Salt Water Hostel

Salt Water Hostel Private Room 

4. Hush Maderas

You made it right to the end of the guide, we’re impressed. You won’t regret it! Hush Maderas might be last in the list, but it’s certainly not the least exciting.

How do you like the sound of:

  • Infinity pool w/ lounge area
  • 180 degrees of ocean views
  • Sunset yoga on the rooftop

It’s an 100% off-grid eco-lodge running purely on solar power!

Tip: book for at least 3-4 nights to really soak it all in. It books fast.

Every room has an ensuite and patio with sitting area. The breakfast is also free. Race you!

Location: Situated in Playa Maderas near to some of the finest attractions. This includes Cristo de la Misericordia and Museo del Chocolate.

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5. Selina Maderas

Selina Maderas is just a 20-minute drive from San Juan del Sur’s town center.

This redesigned, traditional jungle destination boasts bedroom views of Pacific coastal hills, stretches of sea-washed beaches, and sounds of Howler monkeys singing nearby. Other features include an

  • outdoor pool
  • cocktail bar
  • restaurant
  • and a yoga deck with breathtaking mountain views.

In the mood for adventure?

As often with Selina, they do have an activity center, offering

  • group yoga classes
  • surf courses
  • ocean kayaking
  • and snorkeling

Upstairs you will find their fully-equipped coworking space to enjoy high-speed WiFi.

A pity 😔, the discount code to Selina Hostels expired. Check all valid discounts here.

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Unique: beautifully-designed, cozy teepees at Selina MaderasSwimming Pool or Pool Billiard? Selina Maderas has it allVanlife meets hostel: Selina Maderas Private Room at Selina Maderas

All Best Hostels in Nicaragua on a Map

Below we have put ALL of the greatest hostels in Nicaragua mentioned in this article on a map.

That’s because we want to make your planning as hassle free and straight forward as possible!

We’ve marked them as follows:

  • Backpacker Hostels: Orange
  • Design Hostels: Blue
  • Best Nicaragua Hostels: Pink
  • Coolest San Juan del Sur Hostels: Purple
  • Best Hostels in  Ometepe: Green

(View full sized map here)

FAQ

What are the best hostels in Nicaragua?

All of the hostels worth visiting in Nicaragua can be found in this article. Here are our top 5:

  1. The Spot Leon
  2. Mano o Mano Eco Hostal in Las Penitas
  3. Hostel De Boca en Boca in Granada
  4. Hush Maderas in San Juan del Sur
  5. Paradiso Hostel in Laguna de Apoyo

What are good places to surf in Nicaragua?

Las Penitas is certainly the place to go for surfing! Mano o Mano Eco Hostal offer surf classes and is located right by the beach.

Is Nicaragua a good country for backpackers?

Absolutely! It’s affordable and the hostels have been designed with backpackers in mind. Skip to the map to discover great backpacker hostels (hint: they are coloured orange).

More Hostels in the Americas

There are many, many awesome hostels in the Americas to be discovered and enjoyed, including out-of-this-world 5 star hostels.

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Summary

By now you should have the answer to your question where to stay in Nicaragua. Which of the beautiful hostels in Nicaragua have you fallen in love with? Let us know!

This guide 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.

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