44 Best Hostels in Costa Rica (+ Map)

44 Best Hostels in Costa Rica the complete guide and overview for backpackersAre 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?

Sí! YES!

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.

There’s even a fabulous 5 Star Hostels in San José, Fauna Luxury Hostel and Casa Zen in Santa Teresa.

We are Hostelgeeks and we discover the world’s greatest hostels, including the best hostels in Costa Rica.

At the end of this article you’ll spot a big hostel map which is super helpful for your planning.

Not only that, but we share with you our ultimate hostel packing list so you’re fully prepared before you go.

List of cities with the Best Hostels in Costa Rica

Come on then, we know you’re eager to discover cool hostels.

The destinations we cover in this article are:

Capital City:

West Coast (North to South):

East Coast (North to South):

Phew, that’s a lot of ground to cover! Grab a large coffee and let’s go!

Feel free the skip straight to the full map with cities and hostels here.

Best Hostels in San José

No doubt many of you are kick starting your adventure in San José.

The best hostels in San José are:

1. Capital Hostel de Ciudad
2. Fauna Luxury Hostel5 Star Hostel
3. TripOn Open House
4. Selina San José

1. Capital Hostel de Ciudad (San José)

This is truly a space created by creatives and as a result, their handmade work has developed a wonderful community space.

It’s the pod dorms that really stand out. There’s something great about privacy in a shared room.

Located in a quiet residential area not far from the city, this one is for those looking for a break from the urban mayhem.

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2. Fauna Luxury Hostel (San José)

If you’re looking for A* style, good vibes and a beautiful setting, choose Fauna Luxury Hostel.

The spacious pod beds allow for a bit of privacy, and the swimming pool – surrounded by towering trees – is a great spot for socialising.

Only 9km from the city, you’ll be surprised how lush the sloping hills of Escazú mountain range really is.

Read our full review of Fauna Luxury Hostel.

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3. TripOn Open House (San José)

This funky hostel with backpacker vibes is located in San Pedro, the best and safest area of the city.

TripOn Open House has a lot to offer that will make you say ‘Ooooo’:

  • Awesome free breakfast (fresh fruits, pancakes, cereals)
  • Garden w/ hammocks
  • Balcony area
  • Games inc. PS4, Nintendo + Netflix
  • 90L backpack lockers

Reception is open 24-hours and there is no curfew.

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4. Selina San José

Selina San José has a real cool edgy urban vibe and boasts tempting private rooms. Think tons of space and rich oak furniture.

There’s a communal area, co-working space, games room and on-site bar selling delicious cocktails. If you’re looking for things to do, consider joining an organised yoga session or rent a bicycle.

The area of Barrio Otoya is full of Latin spirit. By nightfall go salsa dancing or start a pub crawl.

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Best Hostels in Liberia

Towards the north west, in the city of Liberia, there are two cool hostels to choose from:

1. Hostel Dodero
2. Hostal Nanku

1. Hostel Dodero (Liberia)

This affordable and safe hostel is located just 100 metres from Liberia’s main bus station and city market.

It’s a good choice if you’re looking to relax – there are some hammocks and a cosy front porch.

The friendly staff can help arrange an airport pick up, as well as a shuttle to Rincon de la Vieja National Park.

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2. Hostal Nanku (Liberia)

Hostal Nanku is certainly central. It’s a 2-minute walk to the nearest bus station and a short walk to the city centre.

The staff, actually we should say the family, are very welcoming and helpful. They understand travellers needs and offer a very generous 2pm check out!

If you’re keen to cook you’ll appreciate the communal kitchen. Relax after a long day in one of the hammocks out in the back.

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Best Hostels in Bijagua: Rio Celeste Backpackers

If you’re visiting Bijagua then you won’t want to miss out on seeing the Celeste River.

As you’ve probably guessed, Rio Celeste Backpackers is close to Tenorio Volcano National Park and the Rio Celeste – just 9km away, in fact.

There are shared dorms and private rooms available here. Tours to Tenorio, bird watching and night walks can be arranged. Just ask the helpful staff at reception.

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Best Hostels in Playa Grande: Utopia Tica, Sustainable Lodge

Get ready for open-air river front dorms at Utopia Tica, Sustainable Lodge.

Alongside numerous hiking trails, you can experience very close by to this hostel:

  • Kayaking tours
  • Gold panning experience
  • Whale watching (Puerto Jimenez)

Expect to seriously lower your carbon footprint whilst staying here. There are compost toilets and the on-site meal ingredients are all ethnically sourced, organic and local.

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Best Hostels in Tamarindo

Tamarindo is a town in the Guanacaste Province and home to three great backpacker options:

1. Casa Aura: Beachfront Premium Hostel
2. PURA VIDA Hostel Tamarindo – for backpackers
3. La Oveja Negra Hostel & Surf Camp – party vibes

1. Casa Aura: Beachfront Premium Hostel (Tamarindo)

When they say beachfront, they really mean it! Casa Aura offers 5 en-suite rooms and two, 2 bedroom apartments suitable for groups of 4-10 people.

Roll of out bed, enjoy your free breakfast and jump straight in the ocean. You only need stroll a few steps to restaurants and a handy supermarket, too.

The outdoor terrace is surrounded by palm trees and has enticing hammocks with jaw-dropping views.

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2. PURA VIDA Hostel (Tamarindo)

Here we have the best choice for backpackers in Tamarindo – it’s affordable and friendly.

There’s what’s known as a ‘rancho’ here which is the perfect place to chill thanks to hammocks, rocking chairs and day-beds. This is enhanced with great music and fast wi-fi.

Oh and guess what? The beach is just a few hundred metres away.

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3. La Oveja Negra & Surf Camp (Tamarindo)

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?

They specialise in surf lessons and Negra is well known for having some of the best instructors in Costa Rica.

Regain energy by the pool and get ready for great night life every day, including live music and special events. It’s a seriously cool mix of surf and party.

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Best Hostels in Sámara

No doubt you’re in search of some awesome hostel options alongside the palm-lined beach of Sámara. We’ve handpicked these two great hostels just for you:

1. Hostel Samara
2. Las Mariposas

1. Hostel Samara (Sámara)

This newly renovated hostel is perfect for youths, students and travelling groups.

Hostel Sámara is slap bang on the beach front, minutes from the restaurants, shops and nightlife.

The rooms are of high quality, with ready-made beds to welcome you. Also find hammocks dotted around and outside seating areas outside the rooms.

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2. Las Mariposas (Sámara)

Once again Las Mariposas is 50m from the beach and boasts a great outside chilling area with hammocks and charming ambience.

The social atmosphere comes together with a weekly open-mic night and nearby bars and restaurants.

This gorgeous little hostel really stands out thanks to the staff and little extras such as free coffee to kick start your day.

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Best Hostels in Montezuma: Proyecto Montezuma Hostel

Not only do we have here a super duper hostel, but also a TEFL, Surf and Spanish school..!

Located almost literally on the Pacific Ocean, town is just a 10-minute walk and 2-minutes to a nearby waterfall. Nice, huh?

It’s paradise for travellers looking to relax, with the option of joining many cool activities.

The mixed dorms and private rooms are basic, but you won’t want to spend much time indoors anyway. That’s a fact.

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Best Hostels in Santa Teresa

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:

1. Zeneidas Surf Garden
2. Selina Santa Teresa South
3. Casa Zen5 Star Hostel

1. Zeneidas Surf Garden (Santa Teresa)

Welcome to the only hostel located on the beach, and a wonderful home-from-home vibe thanks to the well-travelled staff.

You’ll find perfect spaces for yoga and meditation, chilling, reading and getting to know the rest of the ‘family’. And of course the ocean which is literally on the doorstep!

There’s a fully-fitted kitchen and BBQ area which is often used for shared dinner nights.

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2. Selina Santa Teresa South (Santa Teresa)

Selina Santa Teresa South is seriously stunning with its soft, pastel design and huge spaces. Not to forget the gorgeous pool area outside!

There’s a mix of room types including standard, private, deluxe and even a 2-bedroom apartment on offer.

Connect with others to keep on top of your work with the well thought out co-working space.

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3. Casa Zen (Santa Teresa)

This gorgeous wooden building is where chill vibes take over. Hang out in the comfy sofa areas, or chill out in a hammock and yoga platform.

Not far from the beach, Casa Zen is tucked away in a quiet area and a little off the beaten path.

There are both shared and private rooms, well-equipped kitchens and helpful staff at the ready to share info and help with booking tours in the area.

Read our full review of Casa Zen here.

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Best Hostels in La Fortuna

La Fortuna is the gateway to Volcano land! Arenal Volcano National Park is home to not one but two volcanoes, and nearby there are some really lovely hostels, including:

1. Selina La Fortuna
2. Arenal Container Hostel
3. Arenal Hostel Resort

1. Selina La Fortuna (La Fortuna)

How do you fancy sleeping in a tent-shaped room made of straw?! We’ll race you there!

Selina La Fortuna is without doubt the best hostel in this area of Costa Rica. The rooms are one thing, but the swimming pool and social area are something else.

What about activities? Join in..

  • Horseback riding
  • Yoga lessons
  • Hiking
  • A dip in the Hot springs

It’s sociable, unique and certainly memorable.

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2. Arenal Container Hostel (La Fortuna)

It is in fact modified shipping containers that have been used to create Arenal Container Hostel. It has done very well to impress guests since opening its doors in 2018.

They don’t try to hide the fact that this hostel is simple and affordable because remember; travelling is more about the experiences.

Head to the common areas and work-spaces to get social, and enjoy the close proximity to great restaurants, clubs and bars.

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3. Arenal Hostel Resort (La Fortuna)

Arenal Hostel Resort is in the heart of La Fortuna and a great option for solo female travellers – there’s a 10 bed female dorm!

There’s a lot to entice you to stay here, such as:

  • Full service on-site bar
  • Panoramic views of Arenal Volcano
  • Hammocks + TV room
  • Gorgeous garden
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Best Hostels in Monteverde

It’s time to head to a land where clouds meet forest in the mountainous land of Monteverde.

The 3 best hostels in Monteverde are:

1. OutBox Inn
2. Cabinas Vista Al Golfo
3. Camino Verde Hostel

1. OutBox Inn (Monteverde)

If you’re a lover of outdoor activities and beautiful forests (who isn’t?!), then you’ll love being based at OutBox Inn.

The owner and his staff go above and beyond to make everyone welcome, and they’re happy to help plan excursions and activities.

Make the most of the on-site restaurant and bar and lovely garden space.

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2. Cabinas Vista Al Golfo (Monteverde)

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.

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3. Camino Verde Hostel (Monteverde)

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.

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Best Hostels in Jacó

Jacó is the gateway to national parks, great nightlife and stunning beaches. We’ve worked hard to find you some fantastic hostels in this area, including a fun party hostel:

1. Selina Jacó
2. Isa’s Hostel
3. Room2Board Hostel and Surf School
4. Beds on Bohio Hostel (party)

1. Selina Jacó (Jacó)

This gorgeous hostel is quite literally a natural extension of the surrounding environment. Just look at the unique design of the place!

We reckon you’ll love the daily activities:

  • Morning yoga
  • Salsa lessons
  • Movie night

Selina Jacó, boasting a pool and bar, is right next to the beach so you can be well and truly lazy whilst staying here.

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2. Isa’s Hostel (Jacó)

Solo travellers looking to meet people will enjoy the large dorm rooms here, including a female dorm.

There are several common areas to enjoy, including a swimming pool and restaurant. The beach is only a stroll away, too!

It’s a safe choice with 24-hour reception and a great location close to everything you need, including that all important nightlife.

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3. Room2Board Hostel and Surf School (Jacó)

Here we have a delightful blend of the social atmosphere and affordability of a hostel, with the style of a boutique hotel.

Looking to learn something new or simply to relax? This is easy thanks to…

  • Surf + SUP lessons
  • Yoga classes
  • The rooftop bar
  • Rocking chairs + hammocks
  • The swimming pool

Relax after a long day in your chosen dorm, shared or private room.

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4. Party Hostel: Beds on Bohio Hostel (Jacó)

Steps away from the beach and moments from town; Beds on Bohio Hostel is a quality backpackers we know you’ll love.

Their on-site bar, Swell, is the place to be for travellers to hang out. Enjoy a game of foosball, darts and beer pong, or just catch up with new friends to the sound of reggae music.

To top it off the rooms are spacious and bright, and there’s a pool in the garden.

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Best Hostels in Turrialba: Boutique Hostel Casa de Lis

Overall Boutique Hostel Casa de Lis is an intimate, cosy hostel with fair-sized dorms and a relaxed, quiet atmosphere.

Located in the centre of town, the main bus terminal is just a 7-minute walk.

There’s free tea and coffee available each morning and several common areas including a rooftop terrace, garden and living room with TV.

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Best Hostels in Quepos

Seeing monkeys in their natural habitat is pretty special, and Quepos is the gateway to that very experience!

But first, let us introduce the best hostels in Quepos:

1. Wide Mouth Frog
2. Passifloras Hostel

1. Wide Mouth Frog (Quepos)

Welcome to the only backpackers hostel in Quepos that has a pool at an affordable price.

This really is an all-rounder thanks to the variety of rooms on offer. It’s great for couples, solo travellers, groups and families.

Just 10 mins from Manuel Antonio Beach, Wide Mouth Frog is situated in a quiet part of tropical paradise.

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2. Passifloras Hostel (Quepos)

Passifloras Hostel is simple, ideally located and run by incredibly friendly staff.

If all you need is a safe, clean place to lay your head and cook up a meal, then this is a great option for you.

Manuel Antonia is accessible by bus which is a 2-minute walk from the property.

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Best Hostels in Manuel Antonio

It is possible to be even closer to Manuel Antonio National Park and the stunning nearby beach. Here are a few cool hostels we’ve found for you:

1. Millenium Hostels Manuel Antonio
2. Selina Manuel Antonio
3. Hostel Plinio

1. Millenium Hostels Manuel Antonio

Stay here and you might mistake this hostel for a boutique style hotel, but at an affordable hostel price!

The friendly staff, beautiful garden and refreshing swimming pool will have you feeling at home in no time.

Located quite literally on the doorstep of Manuel Antonio National Park, lovers of nature can enjoy long walks and beautiful beaches before heading back to rustle up a feast in the shared kitchen.

Millenium Hostel Manuel Antonio

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2. Selina Manuel Antonio

Ok let’s see…

  • Yoga deck? Check
  • Rooftop with 360º jungle + beach views? Check
  • Yummy restaurant AND kitchen on-site? Check

There are rooms options for those looking to indulge as well as stick to a budget. Make sure to also ask about local activities and tours.

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3. Hostel Plinio (Manuel Antonio)

Head to Hostel Plinio if you’d rather avoid the party youth hostels and experience more of a rustic, communal and relaxed atmosphere.

We love the large swimming pool and the affordable food at the taco bar. There’s also a kitchen if you prefer, and awesome views form the 3rd floor platform.

It’s certainly a top choice for couples wishing for a top notch private room on a budget.

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Best Hostels in Pavones: Clear River Hostel

Clear River Hostel has just 3 bedrooms, with 2 beds per room. How cute is that! It’s certainly cosy and the perfect place to relax and really get to know the other guests.

All you have to do is look out the door and check the surf. When you’re not out exploring, grab a book and relax in a hammock. Simple.

There are lots of activities to get involved in, too. Try out horseback riding, surfing, rent a bicycle and even make chocolate with a local!

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Best Hostels in Uvita

Down on the south coast of Costa Rica is a small village called Uvita. It’s best known for an annual music event.

If you’re looking for somewhere great to stay we highly recommend:

1. Cascada Verde Hostel
2. Casa Ballena Eco Hostel

1. Cascada Verde Hostel (Uvita)

You’ll find Cascada Verde Hostel perched on a little hill, surrounded by wildlife and just 5 minutes from the waterfall of Uvita.

At night time enjoy the sounds of the jungle and by day relax in the secluded jungle location.

We just love the open rooms (no windows here!) and basic wooden structure – you’ll be at one with nature in every aspect.

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2. Casa Ballena Eco Hostel (Uvita)

As expected with eco -focused hostels, Casa Ballena is yet another wonderful place to head to and relax.

This accommodation boasts a lovely swimming pool, shared open air kitchen and BBQ area.

Is it too obvious to mention there are hammocks? Well, there are! Plus a perfect area for practising yoga.

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Best Hostels in Drake Bay

Head to Drake Bay and you may stumble across one of the British pirate’s fabled hidden treasures. One thing you’ll find for certain are beautiful hostels. These two definitely qualify for the best hostels in Drake Bay:

1. Corcovado Backpackers
2. Martina’s Place

1. Corcovado Backpackers (Drake Bay)

Nestled deep in the rainforest and only 5km from the beach is Corcovado Backpackers.

This is ideal for backpackers in search of peace and looking to get close to fantastic nature. There are plenty of options to explore solo, or join one of the activities nearby.

You’ll find no bunkbeds here. Only spacious rooms with hammocks and beautiful wooden furniture. The large 360 degree garden is to die for.

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2. Martina’s Place (Drake Bay)

If our #1 choice isn’t quite enough for you, perhaps Martina’s Place will be more your style.

Keeping hold of the chill vibe, Martina’s is only 2-minutes from the beach, supermarket and ice-cream place.

The staff know all there is to know about local tours so make sure you chat with them. The possibilities in this area are endless! After a day exploring enjoy the good wi-fi and free tea and coffee.

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Best Hostels in Dos Brazos: Bolita Rainforest Hostel and Cabinas

Looking to be immersed in nature, surrounded by rainforest whilst supporting a low-impact hostel? Look no further!

Bolita Rainforest Hostel and Cabinas has created a series of trails surrounding the hostel. Really get to know the 60+ hectares of forest by exploring the 15 kilometres of track.

FYI: there is no electricity or refrigeration on-site, so bring plenty of food with you.

After a big day on foot, relax in a hammock and climb under your mosquito net for a well-deserved siesta.

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Best Hostels in Golfito: Casa Centuria

Casa Centuria is an affordable option in Golfito, situated in the area of Heredia and close to the city.

It certainly has a home-from-home feel, with a fully fitted kitchen including an oven.

The private rooms are particularly enticing and great for couples looking to enjoy each others company in a peaceful setting.

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Best Hostels in Tortuguero

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:

1. Hostel Tortuguero 7BackPackers
2. Aracari Garden Hostel

1. Hostel Tortuguero 7BackPackers (Tortuguero)

Tortuguero National Park is within 700 metres of Hostel Tortuguero 7BackPackers.

It’s the staff that really make this hostel stand out as they genuinely care. They’ll welcome you with a drink and put together a delicious breakfast of fresh, local fruit for you.

A nice little touch: all rooms are fitted with a coffee machine.

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2. Aracari Garden Hostel (Tortuguero)

There are many great facilities at Aracari Garden Hostel including:

  • A big garden
  • Spacious common area
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Reception tour desk

The many rooms spread over private and dorms suit all budgets and come with bed lights, sockets and free Wi-Fi.

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Best Hostels in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

This area of southeast Costa Rica is known for the Salsa Brava surf break and gorgeous beaches.

It’s time to check out the best hostels in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca:

1. Playa 506
2. Selina Puerto Viejo

1. Playa 506 (Puerto Viejo de Talamanca)

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.

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2. Selina Puerto Viejo

Another contender is the absolutely beautiful Selina Puerto Viejo; a sustainable co-working space that offers bright decor and great facilities.

The rooms are colourful, spacious and perfectly designed for people to get to know one another.

Jump in the pool to cool down and…

  • Play a game of volleyball
  • Eat yummy food at the restaurant
  • Enjoy live music in the common area

All that’s left to do is head to nearby Puerto Viejo for the vibrant nightlife and endless activities on offer.

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Map with all Top Costa Rica Hostels

All we can say is good luck choosing amongst all of these awesome hostels in Costa Rica!

On the map below you find all mentioned hostels to make your planning even easier. We’ve marked them as follows:

5 Star Hostels: Black with White Star

Stunning Design Hostels: Blue

Party Hostels: Purple

Other TOP recommendations: Orange

(You can open the sidebar in the map to activate and deactivate groups.)

Itinerary Ideas?

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 super cool places, 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.

Here is our ultimate hostel packing list.

It features 23 items you need to pack.

The main things to pack are:

Read the full packing list here.

PDF Packing Checklist for free download

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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.

Below we list again all 5 Star Hostels in Costa Rica.

1 hostel per destination & hostel lists. We only pick the #1 hostel for all destinations.

This guide is an exception since it covers all backpacker accommodations in Costa Rica.

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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44 Best Hostels in Costa Rica the complete guide and overview for backpackers