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Walaba Hostel and Beach Houses Reviews

6km after Puerto Viejo, in Punta Uva beach, 100 mts after Selvin�s Rest, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

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178 Total Reviews
  • 58%Value For Money
  • 77%Security
  • 67%Location
  • 70%Staff
  • 70%Atmosphere
  • 55%Cleanliness
  • 57%Facilities

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The location in Punta Uva is great and across the street from the nicest beach. The 8km (2hr) walk to Puerto Viejo was beautiful. Renting a bike is recommended for going back and forth, only 2 official taxis. On arrival the staff told me the room had been closed for a couple days. The room and bedding was heavy with moisture from the rains. Opening the windows and running the fan to circulate air 8-12 hrs before check in and fresh bedding on arrival, not the last checkout date, could fix this.

  • 18th Dec 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


We stayed for two nights and apart from the fact that it's really cool to sleep in a treehouse/ room that is located in the rain forest, it's not a good choice. The location is quite bad. It takes quite some time to get to Puerto Viejo (about 8-10km), but Punta Uva is right opposite of the hostel. Concerning cleanness: our beds had stains on the covers, the kitchen was not clean at all either. Staff tried to make our stay a good one, but the rest was bad (esp. bike rental was horrible).

  • 17th Dec 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Austria
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Walaba was a nice place for a few nights, I wouldn't stay there for longer however. Online it says they have room for 7 people in one room, but when we got there we learned that was not true and they put a mattress on the floor for us, which was not ideal. The punta uva beach is 5 minutes away though which is so nice. If you do want to go to Puerto Viejo it might be better to have a car. Overall we did enjoy our stay here


Charming atmosphere. Excellent place to stay but a bit far from Puerto Viejo. Better if you have a car.

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