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.
Oh, and seriously awesome hostels!
- Casa Aura: Beachfront Premium Hostel – for couples
- Pura Vida Hostel Tamarindo – top pick for backpackers
- La Botella de Leche – wonderful for solo travelers
Get ready for beachside accommodation, outdoor pools and super fun surf lessons.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
Just up the road in Playa Grande you should consider spending a night or two at The Pipe House Playa Grande – a stunning 5 star hostel.
Further down the coastline in Santa Teresa is Casa Zen Guesthouse.
What we cover in this article?
- 3 best hostels in detail
- cheapest hostels in Tamarindo
- best hostels in Tamarindo for solo travellers
- fun party hostels in Tamarindo
- more surf hostels worth a mention
- discounts and promo codes
- How to book?
- all hostel and sights on a map
Quick Introduction to Tamarindo
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Tamarindo cost 9€ – 14€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 28€ up to 70€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
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.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
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The 3 Best Hostels in Tamarindo
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Tamarindo.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. Casa Aura: Beachfront Premium Hostel
Who’s ready for a great Tamarindo backpackers hostel? When these guys say beachfront, they really mean it.
To be exact, it’s going to take you one entire minute to reach the waves from the hostel front door!
Casa Aura: Beachfront Premium Hostel was built in 2015 and has included everything you’d expect from a beach house.
For starters, how does an outdoor terrace with hammocks under the shade of palm trees sound? The view from here is awesome.
Yup, we know what you like and this is the reason we’ve chosen Casa Aura as your #1 choice.
Let’s discuss the room choices quickly.
- 8-bed mixed dorm
- Double private
- Twin private ensuite
- 4-bed private ensuite
- 2 bedroom apartment ensuite (sleeps 10)
As you can see, there is more of a focus on private rooms here – perfect for cute couples and families.
Yet this hostel attracts a wide range of traveler types, it’s a one size fits all.
If you’re hanging inside, have a go on the swings, or simply enjoy a game of pool.
Roll out of bed in the morning and enjoy a FREE breakfast before jumping in the ocean. What more do you need?
Free parking is also available.
Location: Just steps away from restaurants and supermarkets in the heart of Tamarindo. Playa Conchal is 11km from the property, and Playa Hermosa is 35km away.
This is one of the best hostels in Tamarindo for
- Older travellers
2. Pura Vida Hostel
Alright, Pura Vida Hostel Tamarindo is for the nature and music lovers out there. Interesting mix, right?
Hang out in the ‘Rancho’, the social heart of the hostel, and overlook the gorgeous tropical garden. This is where iguanas and howler monkeys frequently visit!
Relax on a rocking chair, hammock or day bed, and enjoy the chilled atmosphere thanks to great music and fast free Wifi.
And the music doesn’t stop there!
Each room has its own musical theme. Perhaps you’d like to sleep with Pink Floyd, The Beatles or Bob Marley.
It all depends on which room type you choose, of course. Here’s an overview:
- 6 and 8-bed mixed dorms
- Twin private
- Triple Private
- Double room “Rolling Stones”
- Quadruple room
- Family room (6-8 people)
No matter which you choose, we’re sure you’ll appreciate the unique design and wall art.
Super cool: Pura Vida is also located just a few hundred metres from the beach! It’s a beautiful Tamarindo hostel resort.
There are many cool aspects about this friendly, inexpensive hostel.
For instance, pets are welcome and there are various art performances throughout the week. Including an awesome fire show!
There are bikes for rent, surfboards for hire and a delicious breakfast on offer each morning.
One last thing: the staff here would love to help set you up for adventures in the area. Anything from turtle tours to Arenal volcano.
Location: Right by the beach, minutes from central Tamarindo and a 5-minute walk from bars and beach-side seafood restaurants. Las Baulas National Park is around 2km from the property.
This is one of the best hostels in Tamarindo for
3. La Botella de Leche
Welcome to La Botella de Leche, the best place to…
“…enjoy your life, relax, meet friends and share experiences.”
Sounds pretty good, right? Well, to be honest, we expect these things from hostels. So let’s see why our #3 stands out from the crowd.
Here are a few things that might tickle your fancy:
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Book exchange & board games
- An open-air kitchen
- Yoga studio + massages, workout sessions
The list just goes on and on, so let’s not stop there.
Other perks include free coffee 24/7, TV lounge and great hostel security.
Not only is there yoga on offer, but aerial yoga, too! Or if you prefer, sign up to go diving with one of the affiliated professional dive instructors.
Bonus: the concierge office can help with transfers, excursions and local information. Just pop in and have a chat anytime.
As far as rooms are concerned, nobody will be disappointed with what’s on offer.
There’s an 8-bed mixed dorm, plus a range of privates that sleep between 2 and 5 people.
ALL rooms come with a private bathroom and that all important air conditioning. Win!
Location: Situated just 5-minutes from the centre of Tamarindo town. This is where great restaurants, supermarket and that all important beach are located.
This is one of the best hostels in Tamarindo for
- Solo travellers
What about cheapest hostels in Tamarindo?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels.
We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Tamarindo.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Tamarindo
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.
Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
A couple of options that are budget friendly, yet have lower ratings are:
Best Hostels in Tamarindo for Solo Travellers?
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:
- Outdoor pool
- Onsite Mexican bar & restaurant
- Ping pong, billiards & Foosball
- Live music
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.
More Surf Hostels worth a Mention
In case you’re specifically heading to Tamarindo to do nothing but surf, surf and surf; here are some surf hostels you’re going to fall in love with.
Blue Trailz Hostel & Surf Camp
Conveniently located behind Blue Trailz Surf Shop, guests at Blue Trailz Hostel & Surf Camp receive a generous discount on surfing lessons and board hire.
It’s located on Tamarindo’s Main Street, just steps from the beach and awesome breaks.
The small size – with just 4 rooms – proves to be beneficial in meeting other keen surfers and travellers.
After a busy day at the beach, come home to hammocks, equipped kitchens and hot showers. The friendly staff can also help you book other activities such as Ziplining.
Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld
Coral Reef Surf Hostel
Coral Reef Surf Hostel is 100% dedicated to surfing and laid-back pura vida atmosphere.
These guys have their very own surf instructor offering lessons for all levels.
When you’re not out surfing, you can relax in the common area which boasts hammocks, a TV and a super cool skate ramp in the backyard.
Make use of the shared kitchen, or treat yourself at a nearby restaurant – you’ll be situated in the heart of Tamarindo and there’s a food court across the street, after all.
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.
Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- Casa Aura: Beachfront Premium Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Pura Vida Hostel Tamarindo: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- La Botella de Leche: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Tamarindo best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Tamarindo. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
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All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Tamarindo hostels on a map. Which Tamarindo hostel is your favourite?
Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
- Marino Las Baulas National Park
- Tamarindo Night Market
- Playa Tamarindo
- Playa Avellanas
Flights to Tamarindo?
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Central America and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Tamarindo.
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Over to you
So there you have it, the absolute best hostels in Tamarindo Costa Rica!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is 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. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries