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“Positive Pura Vida Vibrations in Punta Uva” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Walaba Hostel & Beach Houses

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Walaba Hostel & Beach Houses
Punta Uva | Puerto Viejo, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 1451-2050, Costa Rica   |  
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San Jose, Costa Rica
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Positive Pura Vida Vibrations in Punta Uva”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Walaba Hostel & Beach House is a super cool Hostel with a fun rustic style, great location, and a very helpful staff. The following are just a few things that left a lasting impression!

-Affordable Rates with lots of options
-Surrounded by Nature
-Falling asleep to the sound of crashing waves
-Cool bike rides up and down the coast to places like Manzanillo, Cahuita, Cocles, & Puerto Viejo.
-Making yummy home cooked meals in the public kitchen
-Super convenient little market close by. The locals call them Pulperias, they have everything.
-Morning sunrises on the beach at 5 30, with a hot cup of organic coffee with local cacao.
-Meeting so many fun international world travelers.

♢ Thanks Walaba for fun vibes and good memories, Chad Carson ♢

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Vail, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

Walaba was great from the get go. Several very friendly, cute Tico girls running the place that were always very helpful. Felt like we were staying in a tree house in the of the jungle. Super clean, short walk to beautiful quiet beach. Overall great experience.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

Walaba is wonderfully clean and relaxing, close to a beautiful beach and staffed by the nicest group of girls around!! Awesome place can't wait to come back!! Great location between veijo and manzanillo, punta uva is the perfect place!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lima, Peru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

We enjoyed our stay here. We miss Lupi the dog. She became our friend for the week. I can recommend staying here. Close to some very nice beaches. Recommend renting bikes and taking a trip to Manazillo. Walk through the jungle trek to find amazing hidden beaches!!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Huaraz, Peru
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3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013 via mobile

We really liked our stay at Walaba. The owner was incredibly sweet and helpful. The beach, Punta Uva, across the road was pretty much all ours, and pretty much perfect. Renting bikes was a good way to see the other nearby towns. We preferred being father from the crowds at Puerto Viejo, and cooking some for ourselves was a big help for our small budget.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Walaba is just a dreamplace. I could not believe how amazing this place was just for 15 bucks a night! Every room, common are, restroom, bathroom is decorated/designed in an unique manner.
But this place would not be the same without the amazing staff that operates it. They could not be more helpful! I loved talking to all of them.
Best regards from the Bulgarians:)

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Walaba is perfect. We had to rent a room for 4 people (we were 2) because there was nothing left for the dates we wanted but it was totally worth it! The staff is really friendly and helpful, common areas are awesome and you get to meet many cool people while being there. They rent bikes, organize tours and are greatly located near a very peaceful and beautiful beach.
We really loved our stay there and would totally recommend it.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Walaba Hostel & Beach Houses

Address: Punta Uva | Puerto Viejo, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 1451-2050, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 67 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Walaba is a charming property located between the jungle and the beach in the South Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Our houses Caribbean style, are perfect for people who enjoy the tranquility of nature and love life. Our regular visitors in the area include monkeys, sloths, hummingbirds, toucans and many other species of birds, frogs, lizards along with other critters and creatures that mother nature has offered Costa Rica. We are located 5km from down town Puerto Viejo on your way to Manzanillo. There are buses during the day that will drop you off directly outside the hostel or you can get a taxi from Puerto Viejo. Punta Uva is quite and relaxed with restaurants, markets and bars with a local touch. Walaba Hostel & Beach Houses is a short 2 minute walk from Punta Uva beach; one of the most beautiful and well known beaches in Costa Rica and the world. Playa Punta Uva is surrounded by exotic vegetation and wildlife with pristine crystal blue waters. Protected by a rock cave it’s a perfect beach to swim, snorkel/dive, kayak or just relax and enjoy a book or the company of old and new friends. For those travellers who may want to veer from the typical budget hostel or party environment and feel the real magic of the Caribbean Coast, our multi lingual staff can guide you in any direction you want to travel. We offer: Free Wifi, kitchen, beds with mosquito nets, hot water showers, dining room & hammocks, open air terrace and BBQ, parking, bicycle and snorkel rental, tour desk and shuttle service all set in a Tropical Rainforest Garden. "Walaba Hostel – Your Caribbean Vibe Mixed With The Costa Rican Pura Vida." ... more   less 
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