Costa Rica is one of the most popular countries in the world to visit right now, and for good reason. This country is spectacular with nature, beaches, cities and exotic wildlife. The crime rate in Costa Rica is also very low compared to other destinations in Latin America.

You can find some of the best hostels in Central America here, which are a great way to enjoy modern facilities and meet other travellers from all over the world. There are hostels and budget accommodation located throughout the country in popular tourist destinartions like San Jose, La Fortuna, Manuel Antonio, Monterverde and Puerto Veijo.

If you have a slightly larger budget you might like to check out this article about the best resorts to stay in Costa Rica, but if you are looking to experience the country on a budget a hostel is perfect.

View our guide to the best hostels to stay in Costa Rica and book your perfect place to stay today.


Top Rated Backpacker Hostels in Costa Rica

Our suggestions for hostels are based on location, price, facilities and reviews.


San Jose

  • In The Wind Hostel & Guesthouse
  • Costa Rica Backpackers
  • The Garden CR
  • Capital Hostel de Ciudad
  • Hotel Posada del Sol


La Fortuna

  • Arenal Backpackers Resort
  • Arenal Hostel Resort
  • Hostel Backpackers La Fortuna
  • Arenal Container Hostel
  • Howler Monkey Hostel


Manuel Antonio

  • Hostel Vista Serena
  • Hostel Manuel Antonio
  • Millenium Hostels - Manuel Antonio
  • Hostel Plinio
  • Manuel Antonio Hostel Resort



  • Camino Verde Hostel and B&B
  • Cabinas El Pueblo
  • Sleepers Sleep Cheaper Hostel
  • Que Tuanis
  • Rainy Days BnB


Puerto Viejo

Rocking J’s
Rocking Js is a legendary place to stay in Costa Rica and is one of the most established hostels in the country. Although not in central Puerto Viejo, the location is perfect next to a spectacular white sandy beach and lots of social activities are organised like barbeques and nights out. Prices are very cheap compared to other places you can stay in Costa Rica and the common areas are a great place for meeting other international travellers.


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