July 22, 2024

The 17 Best Hostels In Costa Rica

How To Find The Best Hostels In Costa Rica For Your Trip

Like having a great time, is not hard to find the best hostels in Costa Rica – but, as always, we’ll help you! Costa Rica has some of the Most Awesome Hostels In Central America so here we gathered some of the best of the best.


Best Party Hostels in Costa Rica

Love partying by the beach? Costa Rica, with its amazing party hostels, is your perfect match!

La Oveja Negra – Tamarindo

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  • Swimming pool
  • Game room
  • Outside restaurant and bar

We challenge you not to fell in love with this hostel! La Oveja Negra sums up everything that a hostel by the beach must have: amazing vibes, great common areas, a restaurant and bar that lights up at night time and a pool for when the ocean is too salty for you.

Address: Calle Guanacaste, frente al Hotel Portofino

Book La Oveja Negra here

Playa 506 – Puerto Viejo

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  • Free breakfast
  • Many common areas to chill
  • Bar and restaurant

This hostel is just like Costa Rica: a perfect balance between chill and party. Located right by the beach, Playa 506 offers you many areas to relax at day time and a sociable and fun bar (sometimes with DJ’s!) at night time. So picture yourself in one of those hammocks and book your bed!

Address: Frente costa de Papito

Book Playa 506 here

Costa Rica Backpackers – San Jose

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  • Free breakfast
  • Swimming pool
  • Steam room

Hammocks, sofas, picnic tables, sun loungers… the offer of places to relax at Costa Rica Backpackers is broad, so is the offer of amazing people! This is the place to be if you want to meet other travellers and have a great time by the pool or over a beer.

Address: Avenida 6, calle 21/25

Book Costa Rica Backpackers here

Best Hostels in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Arenal Backpackers Resort

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  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Travel desk

The name says it all: this is a proper resort made for backpackers! With an amazing swimming pool surrounded by trees, tents with wooden floors and the usual dorms for those backpackers that love a cheap bunkbed, Arenal Backpackers Resort is a sociable retreat.

Address: 350 meters west of central park, towards volcano.

Book Arenal Backpackers Resort here

Howler Monkey Hostel

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  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Travel desk
  • Common areas

This is the hostel for the laidback backpacker that likes to be close to nature. The pool and common areas are great to meet other travellers and Monkey, the dog, is there to hug you if you are experiencing one of those homesick days!

Address: Diagonal 301, 1 Kilometro Sur y 1 Kilometro Oeste de Alamo Renta

Book Howler Monkey Hostel here

Best hostels in Monteverde, Costa Rica

Cabinas El Pueblo

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  • Free breakfast
  • Balcony
  • Travel desk

In Monteverde… stay in a verde (green, in Spanish) hostel! Bad joke apart, Cabinas El Pueblo is a great place to relax surrounded by refreshing nature. And, don’t worry, the friendly and smiley staff will help you to book all tours around the city.

Address: Santa Elena Monteverde Puntarenas

Book Cabinas El Pueblo here

Camino Verde Hostel and B&B

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  • Free breakfast
  • Balcony
  • Games room

Look at that view in the picture… do I need to say anything else? Camino Verde is the choice for backpackers who love to seize the day and enjoy an open and wide view now and then.  The rustic style and friendly atmosphere will turn this hostel into a home away from home.

Address: 325m SW of the Supermarket, Santa Elena

Book Camino Verde here

Best Hostels in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Hostel Dos Monos South

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  • Free breakfast
  • AC in every room
  • Commune kitchen

A few meters from the beach, Hostel Dos Monos South is a well-equipped hostel with surf vibes for all kinds of backpackers. Its wooden beds are comfortable, and the rooms have AC. Don’t dare to leave the place without doing a surf lesson!

Address: 50 metros norte Cruce Mal Pais – Santa Teresa

Book Hostel Dos Monos South here

Wavetrotter Guest House

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  • Bicycle hire
  • Surfboards for rent
  • Travel desk

A surfer’s nest that welcomes everyone with an open mind, Wavetrotter is a relaxed hostel where hammocks are spread everywhere. When staying there, keep an eye on the trees around, you might see some lovely monkeys!

Address: Santa Tersa-Puntarenas, 200 m Sur de la Plaza

Book Wavetrotter Guest House here

Best Hostels in San Jose, Costa Rica

Capital Hostel de Ciudad

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  • Free breakfast
  • Indoor patio
  • Entertainment area

In need of a fancier night? Capital Hostel de Ciudad is a very well put together and pretty hostel to make your stay in San Jose stress free. But don’t be fooled by the elegant vibes, the place is still pretty sociable, specially the entertainment area that has a pool table, musical instruments, vinyl player and board games.

Address: Avenida 16 A, De la Iglesia de Perpetuo Socorro

Book Capital Hostel de Ciudad here

Fauna Luxury Hostel

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  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Yoga classes
  • Terrace

Tired of the busy streets of San Jose?  Fauna Luxury is a retreat for backpackers from all around the world that gather around the beautiful hostel pool. During your stay, you can have some “me time” practicing yoga and then socialize making new friends by the pool table – best of both worlds.

Address: Avenida Central Manuel Zavaleta, Escazu

Book Fauna Luxury Hostel here

Best Hostels in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Casa Aura Beachfront Premium Hostel

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  • Free breakfast
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Right by the beach

Want to swing your problems away? This lovely hostel has rope swings in the common area, a place to rang out and meet other travellers – all that located just a few steps from the sand and the blue ocean… Do I need to say anything else?

Address: Right next to “Farmacia Tamarindo”

Book Casa Aura here

La Botella de Leche

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  • Swimming pool
  • Friendly staff
  • Yoga classes

This family run hostel is located only a 5 min walking from the beach and has a beautiful swimming pool where you can meet other travellers. What else can a backpacker ask for? Oh! They offer aerial yoga classes if you need the stretch!

Address: 50mts east from Banco Nacional, Playa Tamarindo

Book La Botella de Leche here

Best hostels in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Hostel Plinio

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  • Free breakfast
  • Swimming pool
  • Common kitchen

Did I hear taco bar?? Yes! Hostel Plinio has a taco bar, a pool, great atmosphere, many commons areas and a friendly staff – all that for fair prices! Swing in a hammock and talk to travellers from all around the world that any problems you might have will feel very far away.

Address: Main Road 50 Meters Before Restaurant Bamboo Jam

Book Hostel Plinio here

Selina Manuel Antonio

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  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Yoga classes
  • Foosball

Yoga with a great view is one of the trademarks of Selina Hostels all around Latin America – and here you can experience that! Well organized, huge and beautiful, this hostel is the perfect pick for travellers wishing some fancy, relaxed days.

Address: Km 5 Manuel Antonio, Quepos, 6350

Book Selina Manuel Antonio here

Best Hostels in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Roots Family

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  • Travel desk
  • Board games
  • Chilled common areas

Have you ever stayed in a hostel where the walls were made out of bamboo? This is your chance to cross that out of your bucket list! Come relax at Roots Family and enjoy the best of Puerto Viejo along with other travellers you will meet at the common area.

Address: Calle 217 intersection Avenue 69

Book Roots Family here

Wal-Aba Eco-Lodge

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  • Common areas
  • Game room
  • Bicycle hire

Colours and more colours around wooden furniture make this place a laidback retreat. With a 5 min walk you reach a beautiful beach and you can rent a bicycle to explore the surroundings. Not close from the city centre, is prefect for those looking for calm stay.

Address: 6km after Puerto Viejo, in Punta Uva Beach

Book Wal-Aba Eco-Lodge here

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