3 Best Hostels in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Beach & Party Vibes for the Budget Traveller
Nestled on the coast of Jalisco state of Mexico is a collection of the best hostels in Puerto Vallarta waiting to be discovered. Backpackers and solo travellers that enjoy party, beach vibes and adrenaline water sports will feel right at home here, no doubt.
There’s a wonderful blend of contemporary sculptures and cobblestoned streets lined with bars, lounges and nightclubs. Not to mention beautiful beaches and boutique shops galore.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Our final hostel recommendation is the sweet Ten to Ten Puerto Vallarta – a cosy space that’s best suited to couples and digital nomads.
Without doubt the centrepiece of this hostel is the bar lounge. This also serves as reception so you’ll get to check out the menu whilst you check in. Grab a bowl of ramen and a green smoothie and set up your laptop to get some work done – the Wifi here is excellent.
Or, simply stare out the window and watch the world go by. Guests are also welcome in this part of the hostel. As for where to sleep, there are 2 dorms and 7 private rooms on offer here.
Just be aware that some of the private rooms do not come with windows and every room has a shared bathroom.
Overall, the design is pretty no-frills and basic but you can expect everything to be very clean. The air conditioning system is also an added bonus!
Note: Reception is open limited hours, but there is no curfew.
There’s also a small kitchenette with fridge and hot plates for rustling up some basic food.
Location: Central yet away from the main hustle and bustle. It’s an easy walk to the beach, town and restaurants.
This is one of the best hostels in Puerto Vallarta for
So you’re headed to Puerto Vallarta to enjoy a good party, eh?
In case you skipped straight to this part, you’ll be pleased to know that best party hostel Puerto Vallarta recommendation also happens to be our #1 hostel choice in this guide… welcome to Casa Kraken!
Casa Kraken is a real all-rounder, perfect for party people of any age (as long as you enjoy shared dorms as there are no privates here).
Speak to the staff and find out when the next party is – they will be joining you, after all!
Fill up on a free breakfast to cure your hangover and then jump on board and join the daily beach trips to catch some sun. Perfect.
Whilst we understand you only need one hostel, it’s only fair to mention all of the hostels we deem worth checking out before picking your absolute favourite one.
Here are a couples more options:
El Sunset Hostel
Los Muertos Hostal
El Sunset Hostel
El Sunset Hostel is family run and has that added touch which makes you feel like you’re staying local.
It’s located in a lovely quiet area, yet still within an easy walking distance to the beach, bars and restaurants. In fact, the most famous nightclub – Mandala Nightclub – is a 15-minute walk if you fancy checking it out.
There are two adorable hostel dogs that love to play, a shared kitchen and spacious rooms with sturdy bunkbeds.
Let’s hand over to the staff as they describe their hostel perfectly. Los Muertos Hostel is a…
“…small and quiet European style hostel with authentic Mexican charm where you will find the ideal place to rest, keep your belongings safe, clean facilities, and great spot to meet people from all around the world at a very reasonable price.”
Head here if you’re keen to sleep well in a quiet atmosphere. The beds have blackout curtains to help with that!
There’s also A/C, free WiFi and cosy commons areas to give travellers a chance to meet each other.
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible! All of Puerto Vallarta best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish and good hostels, secure your room/ bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
The coolest Hostel App you need comes as well from Hostelworld. It gives you super cool features like you can contact your hostel mates beforehand and make plans together. Find more details in our review of the app
Ask all your questions and connect with like-minded wanderers 🔥
Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.
How safe is Puerto Vallarta for travelling solo?
Overall, Puerto Vallarta is a safe destination for solo travel and is popular with female solo travellers. There are LGBTQ friendly beaches and it welcomes millions of international visitors every year. This means you’ll get a nice balance of local and traveller immersion. Crimes rates are also a lot lower compared to other parts of Mexico.
What is the best and cheapest way to get from Puerto Vallarta airport to downtown?
The local bus is the cheapest way, though be aware that there isn’t tons of room for luggage. It’s best if you just have a backpack. It costs less then $1 and they depart every 5-10 minutes.
Avoid taking an Uber from the airport as the local taxi drivers are not happy about this and it could lead to unnecessary confrontation.
Do they have Uber in Puerto Vallarta?
Yes, Uber is available to use in this part of Mexico.
Flights to Puerto Vallarta?
We use Skyscanner and Omio.com to find cheap flights and good connections all over the globe.
Skyscanner has a bunch of cool features like Multi-City Trip. Instead of doing this research step-by-step, Skyscanner offers this flight planning tool.
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Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter, and find the best place on a budget! We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We are constantly updating all our guides to keep them as fresh and accurate as possible.
Safe travels, The Hostelgeeks
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