Coolest Hostels in Costa Rica


Costa Rica is a backpackers paradise with many options for cool hostels. Whether you are looking for a more laid back feeling or a party atmosphere, Costa Rica has a variety of hostels that will have you saying “Pura Vida.” So, in no particular order, here are some of the coolest hostel in Costa Rica!

Rockin Js, Puerto Viejo de Limon
Only a 4 hour bus ride from San Jose, Rocking Js is located right on the beach in the Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo. There is always a party at this rockin’ hostel, but if you choose to sleep you have your choice of hammocks, tents, dorms, or if you’re all that, the Pimp Suite sleeps 4 for the low price of $50 and has its own private balcony.
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Tranquilo Backpackers, San José
Located 20 minutes from the airport in downtown San José, this hostel has a laid back atmosphere and funky decor. Enjoy the live music or hop on the stage yourself for open mike. The super friendly staff are there to help you with anything you need. Be sure to grab the free pancakes and coffee offered daily. Check out my review of Tranquilo Backpackers.

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Hostel Pangea, San José
While known as San José’s party hostel, Pangea offers the only rooftop bar in all of San José. Kick it all night at the dance club or enjoy music and drinks by the pool. Clean and comfortable with a funky atmosphere, Pangea offers free internet, free breakfast, and free calls to the U.S. and Canada. Enjoy the full bar with $1 beer and $1 shots. Read my review of Hostel Pangea.
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Hostel Toruma, San José
Owned by the same group that owns Pangea, Toruma is located on Avenida Central San José near Mall San Pedro. Converted into a hostel from a huge mansion, Toruma features a swimming pool, free internet, and private rooms with Cable TV and WiFi. Super clean and comfortable with a very professional and friendly staff. Breakfast is included with your stay.
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Kabata Hostel, San José
Located in Barrio Aman in downtown San José, Kabata Hostel’s friendly staff will organize your entire trip in Costa Rica free of charge. Amenities include free breakfast, free internet and WiFi, free cable, free towels and hot water.
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Nathon’s Hostel, Jacó
If surfing is your thing, then Nathon’s Hostel is the place for you. Located only 30 meters from Playa Jacó. Enjoy the world class waves at nearby Playa Hermosa. Rock-n-roll hangout with living room style/BYOB bar. Amenities include live music, free popcorn, free bicycles, cable TV, and hot showers. Close to over 20 bars and more than 10 surf shops.
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Vista Serena, Manuel Antonio
Located in Manuel Antonio, located on a mountain, nestled between the rain forest and one of the best beaches in Costa Rica, Vista Serena was built with young people in mind. Enjoy the gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean from your hammock. Vista Serena features a friendly staff, awesome views, bungalows or dorms, barbecues, hot showers, and a gameroom.
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