The 17 Best Hostels In Costa Rica

This article was last updated June 23


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

Just like having a great time, it isn’t 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’ve gathered the best of the best.


  1. Best party hostels in Costa Rica
  2. Best hostels in La Fortuna
  3. Best hostels in  Monteverde
  4. Best hostels in Santa Teresa
  5. Best hostels in San Jose
  6. Best hostels in Tamarindo
  7. Best hostels in Manuel Antonio
  8. Best hostels in Puerto Viejo

Best Party Hostels in Costa Rica

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

Tamarindo Backpackers – Tamarindo


best hostels in costa rica - Tamarindo Backpackers

  • Swimming pool
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Surf lessons

We challenge you not to fall in love with this hostel! Tamarindo Backpackers sums up everything that a hostel by the beach should have: friendly vibes, great common areas and a pool for when the ocean is too salty for you.

Address: 50 metros sur de Villa Verde 1, Provincia de Guanacaste, Tamarindo, 50309, Costa Rica

Book your stay at Tamarindo Backpackers now

Playa 506 Beachfront Hostel – Puerto Viejo


best hostels costa rica - Playa 506 - Puerto Viejo

  • 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 in the day and a sociable and fun bar (sometimes with DJ’s!) at night. So, picture yourself in one of those hammocks and book your bed!

Address: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Book your stay at Playa 506 now

Costa Rica Backpackers – San Jose


best hostels costa rica - Costa Rica Backpackers

  • Free breakfast
  • Swimming pool
  • Steam room

Hammocks, sofas, picnic tables, sun loungers… the range of places to relax at Costa Rica Backpackers is broad and so isthe offering 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, De la iglesia sagrado corazon, 100 metros norte, 50 oeste, San José, Costa Rica

Book your stay at Costa Rica Backpackers now

Best hostels in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Arenal Backpackers Resort


best hostels costa rica - Arenal Backpackers Resort

  • 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 (check here!), 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 your stay at Arenal Backpackers Resort now

Palacios Arenal


best hostels in costa rica - Palacios Arenal

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Gym
  • Co-working space

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 the owners’ adopted dogs brighten up the guests days!

Address: F89X+CFW, 142 21007, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Book your stay at Palicios Arenal Hostel now

Best hostels in Monteverde, Costa Rica

Cabinas El Pueblo


best hostels costa rica - Cabinas El Pueblo

  • Free breakfast
  • Balcony
  • Travel desk

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

Address: Santa Elena Monteverde Puntarenas

Book your stay at Cabinas El Pueblo now

Camino Verde Hostel and B&B


best hostels in costa rica - Camino Verde Hostel and B&B

  • Free breakfast
  • Balcony
  • Games room

Look at that view… do I need to say anything else? Camino Verde is the choice for backpackers who love to seize the day and enjoy a panoramic view.  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 your stay at Camino Verde now

Best hostels in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Lost Boyz


best hostels in Costa Rica - Lost Boyz

  • Regular social events
  • Jungle garden and common areas
  • Restaurant and bar

Close to the beach and a jungle haven, Lost Boyz is a well-equipped hostel with surf vibes for all kinds of backpackers. With themed events on the daily, a restaurant, bar and shared kitchen, Lost Boyz is perfect for hanging out with other travellers. Don’t you dare leave without tasting their famous wood-fired pizza!

Address: 200m South of the Football Field 50m East, Calle Lost Boyz, Provincia de Puntarenas, Santa Teresa, 60111, Costa Rica

Book your stay at Lost Boyz now

Zeneidas Surf Garden


best hostels in costa rica - Zeneidas Surf Garden

  • Yoga classes
  • On the beach
  • Surfboard rental & lessons

Sitting right on the beach, Zeneidas is perfect for travellers who want to surf, skate and join a yoga class in nature. A relaxed hostel where hammocks are spread everywhere, there’s so much to get involved in. Don’t forget to join their communal dinners and BBQs!

Address: Puntarenas Province, 60111, Costa Rica

Book your stay at Zeneidas Surf Garden now

Best hostels in San Jose, Costa Rica

Capital Hostel de Ciudad


best hostels costa rica - Capital Hostel de Ciudad

  • 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, helping to make your stay in San Jose stress-free. But, don’t be fooled by the elegant vibes, the place is still pretty sociable, especially 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 your stay at Capital Hostel de Ciudad now

Stray Cat Hostel


best hostels in costa rica - Stray Cat Hostel

  • Free traditional breakfast
  • Bicycle hire
  • Travel desk

Want to be close to the city but away from the hustle and bustle of San Jose? Stray Cat will sort you out with tours, a comfortable night’s sleep and the chance to make new friends in the common areas. Best of both worlds!

Address: En la Escina Avenida 9 Calle 20 905, San José, Costa Rica

Book your stay at Stray Cat Hostel now

Best hostels in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Casa Aura Beachfront Premium Hostel


best hostels costa rica - Casa Aura Beachfront Premium Hostel

  • 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 hang out and meet other travellers – all this is 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’, Provincia de Guanacaste, Tamarindo, 50309, Costa Rica

Book your stay at Casa Aura now

La Botella de Leche


best hostels costa rica - La Botella de Leche

  • Swimming pool
  • Friendly staff
  • Yoga classes

This family run hostel is located only a 5 minute walk 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 your stay at La Botella de Leche now

Best hostels in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Hostel Plinio


best hostels costa rica - Hostel Plinio

  • Free breakfast
  • Swimming pool
  • Common kitchen

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

Address: Main Road 50 Meters Before Restaurant Bamboo Jam, El Cerro, Puntarenas Province, Quepos

Book your stay at Hostel Plinio now

Selina Manuel Antonio


best costa rica hostels - Selina Manuel Antonio

  • 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-organised, huge and beautiful, this hostel is the perfect pick for travellers wishing for fancy, relaxed days.

Address: National Road Manuel Antonio, km 5 In front of Restaurant “El Avion, Provincia de Puntarenas, Quepos, 60601

Book your stay at Selina Manuel Antonio now

Best hostels in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Roots Family


best hostels costa rica - Roots Family

  • Travel desk
  • Board games
  • Chilled common areas

Have you ever stayed in a hostel where the walls are made of bamboo? This is your chance to cross that off 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, Limón, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, 70403

Book your stay at Roots Family now

Casa Wolaba


best hostels in Costa Rica - Casa Wolaba

  • Salsa lessons
  • Game room
  • Bicycle hire

This laidback lodge is the perfect mix of chilled out hammocks and free social events, from salsa lessons to karaoke. Within a short walk you reach a beautiful beach, where you can rent a bicycle to explore your new surroundings. This hostel is close to the city centre but far away enough from the  from the hustle and bustle for travellers to enjoy a calm stay.

Address: Entre calle 217 y 219, Avenida 67, Limón, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, 70403

Book your stay at Casa Wolaba now


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