Imagine waking up to the sunrise by the beach, starting your day with a yoga class and then bathing in crystal clear water. OR why not wake up with a delicious tropical breakfast and go surfing on the perfect waves. OR enjoy the weekend at a costume party with your new travel buddies. Backpacking Central America is the best way to explore it! All you have to do is decide which country you want to visit first. Although we will not judge you if you decide to visit the whole continent in one go! 😜 Here you have the best hostels in Central America:
Selina Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio
Selina Manuel Antonio has it all. Cushions with palm prints, eye-catching murals, a huge pool … You will also have the jungle just behind, the beach in front and all kinds of entertainments, like yoga classes and even a zip line! What more could you want?
Selina Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica📷 @maxjoubert
Arenal Backpackers Resort Reviews, La Fortuna de San Carlos
Located next to the La Fortuna waterfall and the Tabacón hot springs, Arenal Backpackers Resort is special for its tents. Imagine sleeping as if you were camping, but in a luxury shop with all the comforts of a hotel. You can also roll straight out of bed to the pool, hell YES!
Arenal Backpackers Resort, La Fortuna📷 @stefi.smooth
Hostel Plinio, Manuel Antonio
There is no better way to start the day than at Hostel Plinio. All rooms have sea views and include a delicious breakfast of fruit and coffee to wake you up with a good taste in your mouth. In addition, being in the middle of the jungle you can breathe the freshest air you’ve ever been surrounded by. The perfect way to disconnect from stressful city life.
Hostel Plinio, Manuel Antonio, 📷 @agingeradventure
Selina Jaco, Jaco
In Selina Jaco there are activities for all travellers so that you can get the most out of your vacation. From yoga in the morning to salsa classes and movie screenings at night, you will not waste a second of your trip and you will leave with a lot of memories.
Luna’s Castle Hostel, Panama City
As soon as you enter Luna’s Castle Hostel, you’ll want to take a picture of the huge mural-map you have in the living room, but this isn’t even the best part of this glorious mansion. Here you can also enjoy the most delicious cocktails served at the bar, wake up with the best ocean views and eat the richest breakfasts – all included in the price of your stay! Not to mention that there is always a party at night! Who’s in?!
Luna’s Castle Hostel, Panama City 📷 @ramonacuesta
Hostal Casa Areka, Panama City
Located in the heart of Panama, Hostal Casa Areka is perfect to relax after a great day in the city. It has a pool surrounded by palm trees, a barbecue to satisfy your appetite and a pool table to challenge your new teammates to a game. They also offer organized excursions to the islands of San Blas, so you do not have to do anything except rest and disconnect from the routine.
Hostal Casa Areka, Panama City, 📷@hostal_casa_areka
Hostel Villa Vento Surf, Panama City
$1 beer? 🍺 Yes please! At Hostel Villa Vento Surf you can drink your beer at a backpacking price while you enjoy one of the many dinners organized to gather all the travelers together. They also have a lot of events and a tempting table football to challenge your new hostel friends.
Hostel Villa Vento Surf📷 @villaventopanamacity
Bambuda Lodge, Bocas del Toro
Apart from the incredible swimming pool with sea view and having the bar next to it so you’re always with cocktail in hand, Bambuda Lodge has a slide that goes directly from the hostel to the sea! Awesome, right? And to top it off, it is surrounded by an amazing jungle where you can pick up fresh mangoes, lemons, bananas and many other tropical fruits. This is paradise.
Bambuda Lodge, Bocas del Toro📷 @rob.leblanc9
Hostal Mamallena Bocas, Bocas del Toro
There is nothing better than to lie down and sunbathe by the sea in a secluded beach. At night the water around this hostel’s awesome terrace lights up and you can see starfish. Can I live here forever please?!
Hostal Mamallena Bocas, Bocas del Toro📷 @hostalmamallena
Twin Fin Hostels, Bocas del Toro
Twin Fin Hostels is so picturesque it looks like it jumped straight out of a storybook! With its lights, its wooden terrace, and the local decoration you will feel right at home. It’s located in a quiet place to rest as you deserve on your vacation on the beautiful island of Bocas del Toro.
Twin Fin Hostels, Bocas del Toro📷 @twinfinhostels
Bambuda Castle Restaurant Reviews, Boquete
Imagine having breakfast with these views. And now imagine that you can do that in a castle that also has a swimming pool, a jacuzzi, a climbing wall and two bars so that the party never ends. No, it’s not a dream. It’s Bambuda Castle.
Bambuda Castle, Boquete📷 @hunt.or.prey
Selina Playa Venao, Playa Venao
Selina Playa Venao is the surfer’s paradise. Located at the foot of the beach, this hostel is full of surfboards and offers lessons to learn how to surf the waves. It is made up of a the most homely cabins with a pool in between to rest after a long day of sports. The ultimate hostel for those looking for adventure!
Hostel Ka’beh Cancun, Cancun
At Hostel Ka’beh they do not like the rush. That’s why there is no check-out time or strict breakfast times. So you can get up at any time you want without fear that the kitchen has closed or leave your last night to say goodbye to the city knowing that you can wake up whenever you want when you have to leave the hostel. Time for a nap…
Hostel Ka’beh Cancún📷 @hostelkabeh
Agavero Hostel, Cancun
To give you an idea of how this hostel is, we will tell you that its most used phrase is: “from the siesta to the party” 💃. It is the perfect place to have fun and make new friends. You will not have time to see the city in the meantime, if you attend their barbecue on Sundays, ping pong tournaments, dinners of Mexican food … You will not have a minute to spare!
Agavero Hostel, Cancun 📷@profaska
Mezcal Hostel, Cancun
It is no wonder that Mezcal Hostel is always considered as one of the best hostels in Central America. It is in the center of the city of Cancun and has a very friendly atmosphere to spend an unforgettable vacation. It has a huge pool in the common courtyard where you can play volleyball, barbecue on Sundays, ping pong table and join in organized night out. It’s impossible to leave the hostel without making friends from all over the world!
Mezcal Hostel, Cancun 📷 @mezcalhostel
Mama’s Home, Tulum
The best thing about Mama’s Home is Jose, its owner. Just walk through the door and he will be recommending sites that you can visit in the surrounding areas! And Rosi, the cook, makes some finger-licking breakfasts.
Mama’s Home, Tulum📷 @latxina
MayaYoga Inn Reviews, Tulum
MayaYoga Hostel is the perfect place to relax. It is located in a quiet area and every day has yoga class at 8am to start the day with energy. Also, it has bike rental service so you have time to visit the city.
MayaYoga Inn, Tulum📷 @b.lostinlife
Hostel Che Playa Reviews, Playa del Carmen
Hostel Che Playa is ideal for young travelers who want to meet people and have fun. The rooftop, which has a swimming pool from which you can see the whole city, at night becomes the meeting point of all travelers who enjoy the different events that are organized during the week, always in the company of cold beer and rich mojitos… duh!
Hostel Che Playa, Playa del Carmen📷 @paveseagus
Quetzalroo, Guatemala City
Imagine entering a hostel whose walls are covered with graffiti. This is Quetzalroo, created by two travelers who met in Australia and decided to go to Guatemala to open this hostel that’s so picturesque, full of life and color. Perfect for relaxing and enjoying the holidays.
Quetzalroo, Guatemala City 📷 @seakwynn
Mr. Mullet’s, Lake Atitlán
If you go to Mr. Mullet’s get ready to have the best themed parties in Guatemala. Do not be surprised if one weekend you have to disguise yourself as a superhero and the next rock star! Fill your suitcase with your best costumes and be ready to embrace the party!
Mr. Mullet’s, Lake Atitlán 📷 @daleiva
1877 Hostel, La Ceiba
1877 Hostel looks like made of cotton. Everything is so white and so clean that when you lie on one of your hammocks it seems like you’re in the clouds. And the best thing is that it has a great range of activities so that every day you have something to do: diving, canopying, snorkeling … All you have to do is think which one you fancy more!
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1877 Hostel, La Ceiba 📷 @1877hostel
Buena Onda Hostel, Roatan
Good Onda Hostel makes you feel at home, even if you’re miles from your own. Everything is decorated so familiar and homey you will never want to leave. And in the evenings, you can enjoy the starry sky of Roatan in one of the comfortable hammocks they have in the garden.
Buena Onda Hostel, Roatan 📷 @jordindouglas
Roatan Bed and Breakfast, Roatan
Located on top of a hill, Roatan Bed and Breakfast makes you feel like you’re sleeping in a tree house. Surrounded by huge forests, and with panoramic views, this is the perfect place for those who want to unwind and enjoy nature. It also includes a delicious American breakfast to to kick start your day… how do you like your eggs in the morning?!
Roatan Bed and Breakfast, Roatan 📷 @traveljunkiebabs
Tunco Lodge, El Sunzal
Tunco Lodge combines festivity and tranquility. It is located next to the beach with all the bars and nightclubs to have fun at night but, at at bedtime, the hostel is perfectly peaceful so you can still enjoy a good nights sleep.
The Green Turtle The Cuckoo, The Cuckoo
They say that those who go to La Tortuga Verde El Cuco to stay one day at the end end up staying an entire month. It has everything: a restaurant, a turtle sanctuary, a yoga center, a plantation of bananas and coconuts, a shelter of pelicans … So naturally you’re going to need to stay longer to enjoy everything!
From Boca in Boca, Granada
Right in the center of the city, you’ll find From Boca in Boca hostel’s colorful patio where you can disconnect from the noise of the street. They offer free coffee throughout the day for those who need a dose of energy between hikes. Buzzing!
From Boca in Boca, Granada 📷 @flolarochelle
Coconut Surf Camp, San Juan del Sur
Coconut Surf Camp is the perfect place for those who are looking to learn how to surf from the real experts, or even for those who want to master their technique. At the end of classes, you have endless activities for which you can sign up. Like barbecues on the beach, “family” dinners, seeing local dances … It has it all!
Coconut Surf Camp, San Juan del Sur📷 @coconutsurfcamp
The Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel, Hopkins
At The Funky Dodo Backpackers Hostel you can sleep in one of its picturesque cottages by the beach!
The Old House Hostel, San Ignacio
The Old House Hostel is a peaceful place to rest. Although if you are looking for a more lively atmosphere, you only have to go down the stairs to the bar below, where you can enjoy live music, delicious food and local wine.
Lower Dover Restaurant Reviews, San Ignacio
Lower Dover is the hostel where Indiana Jones and his family would probably have stayed. In the midst of an exotic jungle, surrounded by animals, there is no better place if you want to connect with nature. Also, dog lovers listen up… they have 7 apawable hostel dogs!
The Old House Hostel, San Ignacio, Belize 📷 @nicole_photo_mod
Bella’s Backpackers, San Ignacio, Belize
At Bella’s Backpackers you will always have something to do and new people to meet. Markets on Saturdays with organic fruits and vegetables, visits to caves and natural pools, kayaking and canoeing excursions, horseback riding … Your stay here will be an adventure!
Lower Dover, San Ignacio, 📷 @alibabaruk