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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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130 Total Reviews
  • 60%Value For Money
  • 69%Security
  • 66%Location
  • 76%Staff
  • 72%Atmosphere
  • 58%Cleanliness
  • 56%Facilities

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Location perfect for great beach. Hire bike or bus ride to town/ or 10 dollar taxi. Atmosphere great, really chilled and comfortable.

  • 24th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


Walaba is a pretty nice place, the owners are super chill, and you can rent bikes for a pretty good price. The humidity and the bugs were pretty bad, but the hostel has decent fans and bug nets so we were okay.


Not the best. It's very open and has a cool vibe and while I don't mind rustic this was not the best. Hammocks smelled like sweat, it's located 6k from puerto viejo, the staff leaves at night, and you can't drink the water. However it was open and colorful with a jungle atmosphere.


Walaba was a kind of love/hate experience. Stuff is wonderful, I especially liked Vincent who provided lots and lots of valuable info and experience. Location isnt great, puerto viejo is far, not many restaurants around. I think its a great place for people with no hurry anywhere who just wanna chill in a wooden jungle house, smoke and relax...


Actually I paid for a private room and the shared rooms were better once the private one was in the attic of the house. During I was there, a guy was stolen and besides it is near the beach, you may walk 2 km to get near a place to buy things to eat. Also there were lot of insects and the attic was outdoor. So in the morning monkeys came to stole things. Was so scared! The showers smelled bad and the water was inappropriate to use. That's all I have to say about this place.

  • 28th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


You get what you pay for, but this was pretty rustic. The showers were inoperative due to draught and water issues (not their fault). The people were great. Security was great.

  • 20th Feb 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Couple, 41+
  • (1 review)


This place is so great! Perfect location, great people working there, amazing vibes. Xo


Our private room for two was more like walk-in-closet in attic, there was one, about 120cm x 200cm uncomfortable mattress on the floor and it already took around 50% of the space. Mosquito net was full of holes. You have beautiful view outside but there is no windowglasses.. I can just imagine what happens if there is rain and wind at the same time. Location isnt that ideal but with bicycles its easy to move from there. at least crew was amazing and communal area was nice and hostel was clean.


Fantastic staff who are more than happy to attend to your every need! Located next to a stunning beach only a short cycle ride from nearby Puerto Viejo Loved my stay on the Carribbean coast


very friendly staff, location close to beautiful beaches, but in quiet area and far away from Puerto Viejo, rooms unfortunately rather dirty!

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