Welcome dear travellers, to the only collection of best hostels in Tamarindo, Costa Rica you’re ever going to need!
There are over 15 hostels on offer in this seaside town. Yet let’s be honest; you only need one, right? We’ve narrowed it down to the very best 3 hostels, with some added extras for budget travellers and party enthusiasts.
Tamarindo sits on the Pacific coast in the Guanacaste Province.
It’s known best for its strong surf, nesting leatherback turtles and mangrove-lined estuary which forms part of a wildlife refuge.
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.
Santa Teresa: This is a common destination for those visiting Tamarindo. Why not see both if you have time? A great hostel option in this area is Pura Vida Mini Hostel. Yet we still recommend the #1 hostel in this area to be Casa Zen Guesthouse.
What is seriously the best hostel in Tamarindo for solo-travellers?
We’d actually like to include two options here which suit different kinds of solo travellers.
Casa Aura: Beachfront Premium Hostel is great for those that prefer to suit themselves and aren’t too interested in organised events/activities. It’s right by the beach and offers a free breakfast. Note that there is only one 8-bed mixed dorm on offer here. Older solo travellers can enjoy a private room.
La Botella de Leche on the other hand is all about fun activities: yoga, scuba diving, board games. It’s more social, also with an 8-bed mixed dorm which is perfect for meeting others. Female solo travellers will feel right at home here, too.
Party Hostels in Tamarindo
Time to discover a hostel that specialises in a vibrant social atmosphere and fun activities. This one is for the party animals out there!
If you’re looking at learning to surf, you’ll love staying at La Oveja Negra & Surf Camp. But the name already gave that away, right?
What the name doesn’t give away is the fabulous fun vibe that create lasting memories.
Alongside surfing, you can enjoy:
Onsite Mexican bar & restaurant
Ping pong, billiards & Foosball
Note: this hostel can be noisy at night – woohoo!
To top it off, there is a range of dorms including a female-only, smaller 4-bed mixed and a sociable 10-bed option.
Not all hostels in Tamarindo are necessarily safe, especially the one that offers the cheapest price in sketchy areas. It might be an illegal hostel, without proper license to run or if they don't have city tax Tamarindo requires.
So in all fairness, it is best to check out Hostelgeeks.com because we feature safe hostels in Tamarindo. You can find backpacker hostel with top ratings! Keep a close eye on the overall ratings on booking platforms!
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How much are hostels in Tamarindo?
According to Hostelworld.com, a hostel in Tamarindo costs between €9 and €78 per night (depending on the room type).
Prices may vary depending on season.
What are the best sites for finding hostels?
Hostelgeeks.com is definitely one of the best hostel websites. We always compare cool hostels, and do the leg-work for you. Therefore, we think this very website is reasonable top resource for you!
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Your Smart Packing List
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