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Cheap Costa Rica Hostels

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Pension Santa Elena (Santa Elena)
$10 *
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#8 of 24 Specialty lodging in Santa Elena
2 travelers mentioned "cheap place" and "budget accomodation" when describing this hotel.
  • "If you want to stay at a friendly,extremely helpful and amazingly cheap place in the Monteverde area,you have to stay here. You can even contact them wherever you are for advise..."
  • "They set the standard for how to run a budget accomodation...."
Casa Tranquilo Hostel (Santa Elena)
$15 and up *
#6 of 24 Specialty lodging in Santa Elena
2 travelers mentioned "budget accomodation" and "budget" when describing this hotel.
  • "If you're looking for budget accomodation, but with plenty of character, look no further. (I stayed there with my 2 kids and they didn't want to leave!) Just a few minutes walk..."
  • "Would i go back to Monteverde with unlimited budget, i would still choose this place over the big resorts. We stayed there at the beginning of december 2012. Thanks for hosting..."
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Blue Trailz Hostel (Tamarindo)
$14 and up *
Special Offer SURF CAMPS: 10% OFF
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#6 of 52 Specialty lodging in Tamarindo
2 travelers mentioned "cheap" and "budget" when describing this hotel.
  • "nice hostel, nice people, nice atmosphere! its clean, friendly and cheap! great access to the beach and other locations... especially the people in the shop and service do a great..."
  • "And of course the best of hostel it is literal two seconds from the beach and the nearest supermarket which is lovely for the backpacker on the budget!!..."
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Pagalu Hostel (Puerto Viejo de Talamanca)
#5 of 66 Specialty lodging in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
2 travelers mentioned "cheap accomodation" and "budget" when describing this hotel.
  • "Good location as it is right in town, and felt really safe too.This is probably your best bet if youre looking for quality and cheap accomodation..."
  • "El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama) and sleeping in lots and lots budget/backpackers hostels, this was the best, without a doubt. We paid US$ 20 for a double room..."
Cabinas Tina's Casitas (Santa Elena)
$23 and up *
#18 of 24 Specialty lodging in Santa Elena
2 travelers mentioned "cheap" and "budget hotel" when describing this hotel.
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Arenal Hostel Resort (La Fortuna de San Carlos) 2.0 of 5
$23 and up *
#9 of 54 Specialty lodging in La Fortuna de San Carlos
2 travelers mentioned "cheap hostel" and "cheap" when describing this hotel.
  • "All in all a very, very friendly, clean and relatively cheap hostel. Staff is always friendly, the location is very central and one does feel very at home here. Thanks to the..."
  • "The rooms were clean, cheap, and came with many benefits. One of the workers got us excellent group deals on zip lining and transportation, then gave us a private nature tour at the..."
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#11 of 19 Specialty lodging in Quepos
2 travelers mentioned "cheap" and "budget" when describing this hotel.
  • "I would recommend this hotel as it is dirt cheap and Quepos is a lively town but it is basic and if you have the money I would go for one of the more expensive room options...."
  • "If you have the budget to sleep in a hotel on the road which brings you to Manuel Antonio Park then do it, the view and the sunset are just amazing...."
Galileo Hostel (San Jose)
$11 and up *
#23 of 49 Specialty lodging in San Jose
2 travelers mentioned "cheap" when describing this hotel.
  • "you are entering a community thats more like a big house than a hotel, you will likely find this a really enjoyable (and cheap) experience...."
  • "It’s cheap ($7- 6 bed dorm), so just pull up a worn beanbag chair & chill... but there are better much hostel accommodations to be had, closer to downtown...."
Rocking J's (Puerto Viejo de Talamanca)
$14 and up *
#48 of 66 Specialty lodging in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
2 travelers mentioned "cheap hostel" and "cheap place" when describing this hotel.
  • "So if you are looking for a cheap place, you can stay there and save money (they also have a kitchen!). i miss my hammock! Pura Vida!..."
  • "us as a cheap place. it is cheap but you dont get anything else then a place to sleep and a locker. we camp with our own tent. i saw some room incredibly small and the hammock..."
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Gringo Pete's (La Fortuna de San Carlos)
#33 of 54 Specialty lodging in La Fortuna de San Carlos
2 travelers mentioned "cheap place" and "budget place" when describing this hotel.
  • "Really cheap place. We had a private room for $7 per person. The common room and kitchen are clean, and appropriate for an hostal. The bathroom in our room was small and a bit..."
  • "Ad they got some good discounts on trips and fares...So if you are looking for a budget place to stay, I can defnitely recommend this one!..."
Chill Out Backpackers (La Fortuna de San Carlos)
$10 and up *
#42 of 54 Specialty lodging in La Fortuna de San Carlos
2 travelers mentioned "cheap" and "cheap rooms" when describing this hotel.
  • "However, we ended up loving this cheap and secure hostel and stayed at least 3 more day than we originally intended. Owner Mauricio was happy, helpful and chatty; helping us book..."
  • "Jeep-boat-jeep ride to Monteverde right to their sister hostel is convenient and cheap. This hostel is conveniently located next to the church and Parque Central and was very easy..."
Hostel Pangea (San Jose) 2.0 of 5
$20 and up *
#30 of 49 Specialty lodging in San Jose
2 travelers mentioned "budget" and "budget accommodation" when describing this hotel.
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The Chocolate Hotel and 5 Star Hostel (Tamarindo)
$15 and up *
#23 of 52 Specialty lodging in Tamarindo
2 travelers mentioned "budget hotel" and "cheap" when describing this hotel.
  • "It is a combination hostel/ budget hotel. It is a 10 minute walk to the beach, but is still a good location amidst shops, food & other hotels. They have all the basic amenties and..."
  • "does a great job of balancing a cost effective price point while not being so dirt cheap you have to be worried about leaving your bag sitting out. A good way to describe it is..."
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