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“The best place to relax to the max” 5 of 5 stars
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Don Jon*s Lodge and Restaurante
150 meters north from soccer plaza, Santa Teresa 1, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #4 of 30 Santa Teresa B&B and Inns
1 review
“The best place to relax to the max”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013 via mobile

Don Jon's was the best place I stayed during my time in Costa Rica. Don Jon and staff were the most accommodating and friendliest. The food was amazing the beer ice cold! If your ever in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica stay at Don Joh's priced right for ant budget. Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed July 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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Salt Lake City, Utah
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Don Jon's deserves all these 5 star reviews. My girlfriend and I have stayed there twice and can't wait for our third visit. I first have to mention Don Jon and his amazing team. They are so friendly and helpful making it easy for guests to "relax to the max". Jon, Alejandro, and Carla make it feel like a home away from home that you never want to leave. They also serve excellent breakfast and lunch. The location is great. It's very close to the beach, market, restaurants, bakeries, surf shops, etc. I also really like the layout of Don Jon's. Restaurant, Lobby, and 2 dorm rooms up front with 2 types of private rooms in the back. Hammocks everywhere! We have stayed in both types of private rooms and were very happy with both. It's nice to have some privacy in the back and go up front when you want to hang out and meet some new people.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Because of a friends recommendation, I stayed here with a friend of mine and we absolutely loved it! Aside from all the awesome travelers that we met, the staff is super welcoming! Really great location that is close to some markets, restaurants, the beach, and surf shops. The breakfast burrito was so amazing that it became our daily breakfast during our stay. The room we stayed in was really clean and well stocked. Amazing hammocks all over the place and an adult treehouse to enjoy the rain and some company! Wish I had more time to relax to the max here, but I will definitely be back. If you have the pleasure of passing through Santa Teresa, this place is a must!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

A super chilled place where both families and backpackers can enjoy what Santa Teresa has to offer.

Located 5min walk from the best surf spot on the beach and with everything you could need in close proximity it's very easy to forget time while staying at Don Jon*s tranquilo home.

The private rooms are built together into beautiful 3-story circular wooden buildings that reach up into the trees where howler monkeys, orange squirrels and iguanas can be regularly seen. Stay in one of them if you can!

I will definitely return, thanks Jon!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Fantastic hostel in a great location close to everything you need- beach 4min walk, surf shop with board rental 1min, supermarket 3min, various restaurants and cafes all a few min away.
Hostel is set out well with restaurant in front serving generous portions of delicious food, break fast burrito is a highlight! Dorm rooms are large and have everything you need.... Bathroom, air conditioning, surf board rack, fridge and very comfortable beds. Also a communal kitchen with everything you need to self cater. Outdoor shower is a bonus when you get back from the surf too.
I would highly recommend this place to anyone not just back packers as there is nice private rooms available too. The lovely staff are the cherry on top for this awesome hostel.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kamloops, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Laid back hostel 50m from the beach friendly staff great local information, waking up to howler monkeys was awesome. Awesome value for money at the restaurant breakfast burritos are amazing.

Beds are super comfortable and with a/c definitely the best sleep we have had in Central America. Board racks in the dorm and a fridge everything is very well thought out

Wished we could have stayed longer

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ventura, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Not being able to find our original destination we wandered into Don Jon’s no really knowing what to expect. The tranquillo man at the desk was very friendly an offered to show us a room, this is Jon, he is relaxed! We walked through the compound, past the shared outdoor, well stocked kitchen, outdoor showers (to knock the sand off), and back to the three, three story teak huts. Each room has a hammock right in front, on the deck. We were on the second floor (the third floor is a deck, decked out with hammocks. Great place to watch the nightly lighting storms) Each room had its own bathroom: toilet, sink, mirror and cold shower. Do not let the cold shower scare you, there is no need for hot water as it is so humid it feels great to just cool down a bit. The beds are WAY above average! In fact I would say it was the best bed I slept on while in Costa Rica. The ceiling fan above the bed is a nice touch. The roosters crowing at 2am, 3am, 4am...no so much...but I got used to them by the end.
Jon gave us tips on where to go to rent surfboards, where to surf, food, drinks, reggae night. Don Jon’s has a great restaurant too: free coffee, breakfast always with fresh fruit, post surf burrito lunch. We stayed at Don Jon’s restaurant patio most nights; drinking (Imperial for me, GREAT fruit smoothies for my Fiance), talking with travelers, playing cards and just chilling. Don Jon’s is centrally located and near the market, bakery and other restaurants.
Surfing the beach breaks of Santa Teresa was gnarly! Ended up surfing a little left point to the south of Don Jon’s till the skin came off my ribs. It was a bast!

Don Jon’s slogan is “relax to the max” and they mean it! Way cool place and I’d stay there again, whether it was with my pregnant fiance or a group of guys on a surf trip. Many thanx to Jon and his girl, Alejandro, “the cook”, the various travelers we met for making the end of our trip so memorable!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Don Jon*s Lodge and Restaurante

Address: 150 meters north from soccer plaza, Santa Teresa 1, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Don Jon*s has a variety of accomodations, great restaurante, and is conviniently located. Dorm rooms for backpackers, modern apartments with AC for groups, and rustic cabins with private rooms all made from teak wood and very one of a kind. A restaurante serving the freshest fish tacos, burritos, sandwiches and salads all ways, always. Only 100 meters walk to Santa Teresa beach with consistent surf year round and in the center of the village near markets, reataurantes, and soccer plaza. A family run establishment where the service is personalized and with gusto. See you soon! Pura Vida! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Don Jon`s Hostel And Restaurante Hotel Santa Teresa
Don Jon*s Lodge And Restaurante Costa Rica/Santa Teresa

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