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“RelaxToTheMax” 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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Munich, Germany
1 review
“RelaxToTheMax”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

This is just an amazing relaxed place to stay! Close to the beach, very nice athmosphere and a good mixture of people. I stayed 4 weeks in the backyard of the area in a private appartment, very clean and nice. there are many chillout areas with hamacks to chill. Jon the manager is an amazing guy who is allways nice and very relaxed :) I can definitely recommend this place for both traveler who look for a hostel (shared bedrooms) but also for those who want to have more private and quite space! Best regards to Jon and the whole team, Felix

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
    • 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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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We stayed at Don Jons for 5 nights. We booked the "tree house" a bit back in the yard. The first morning we woke up, the howler monkey were climbing over the hats and trees - great! The place is very relaxed, plenty of hammocks to chill and also the garden is very nice. Jon, the other staff and the dogs (and the small cat) were very friendly :o). The tree house was big enough for 3 person - clean and spacey with a small patio. The entrance to the beach is close and there is a super market a few meters away. Theres plenty of restaurants and bars along the road. We did the Yoga in the morning, which was really good. Its also possible to book horse riding and surfing lessons at the reception. We liked this place a lot!

Room Tip: The Tree Houses are great!
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Stayed at Don Jon's for 3 nights on a surf trip with another guy. We had a shared dorm for $16 per night, for that price it was a total steal. The proprietor Jon was a super nice, laid back guy who didn't even ask for our money when we owed him for the second night stay. He actually let us pay one night then just let him know the next day if we wanted to stay again.
The facilities were clean with air conditioning at night and morning only.
Pros:
-Nice facilities-use of kitchen and fridge, clean
-Can't get closer to the beach really
-Laid back vibe with other travelers just hanging out in hammocks

Cons:
Was super hot and couldve used A/C during the day
Tissue basket in bathroom could have been changed more frequently

Overall an awesome stay and would definitely return.

Room Tip: Didnt stay in private bungalows but they looked nice, had a more luxurious feel
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Don Jons was the first of what was meant to be many stops in Costa Rica...but we ended up staying much longer then planned. It was simply too good! The vibe at this little slice of heaven is something itself. Never, have i been able to relax as much as i did the weeks staying at Don Jons. Jon and Alejandro are great hosts and are always willing to help whether its giving directions or booking shuttles and daytrips. The breakfast is the best in town and exactly what you need after a morning surf. Cant wait to go back! Pura Vidaaa

Room Tip: The dorms are close to all the action. The private rooms in the treehouses offer more privacy and re...
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  • Stayed March 2014, 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 March 30, 2014

We stayed in Don Jon's five nights as part of our Costa Rican round trip. I've visited plenty of places, also in a high price category, but I've never experienced such a good host and such a great atmosphere anywhere. The beach is very close, the accommodations are clean and comfortable with hammocks everywhere. The breakfast is really tasty and the people staying there are extremely friendly and sociable. Our host Jon looked very well after us and arranged several activities such as a surfing course, a fishing and snorkelling trip and horseback riding into the sunset. We could not have found a better place to stay!

  • Stayed March 2014, 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

One week ended up being three. Yoga, surfing, relaxing, good food and amazing people. Don Jons is the best place to stay in Santa Teresa. I stayed in the dorms for three whole weeks, which was perfect for me, as I am traveling on a budget (shared a room with some pretty awesome people), but staying in the treehous/cabinas in the back looked equally awesome. The Samurai himself is one of a kind, doing everything he can to make sure you have a nice time while staying in Costa Rica. He arranged a deep water fishing tour, an awesome full moon party, movie nights etc. A billion thanks for everything you did for me Jon! Pura Vida.

Room Tip: I have never felt more safe in the dorms. There are always people around, and everyone knows everyon...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 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 March 16, 2014

Don Jon's is located close to the beach, right on the main strip but has the chilled vibes and tranquility that I was after whilst in Costa Rica. I spent SEVEN WEEKS here and could have stayed longer for sure, definitely missing the place right now.

All of the staff are absolute legends and really accommodating, the dorm room is great with AC, the Cabinas are so sick, you really feel like you're in a tree house and the apartments are fully equipped and accomodate up to 5 people easily. It has everything you need for every budget (cheap).

The breakfast buritto is the best in town, there are more hammocks to chill in than guests, Jon charges the same price for beers as the supermarket and the whole vibe is unbeatable. Pura Vida

Room Tip: If there's 4 of you try and book an apartment. If there's 3 go for a cabana, if you're g...
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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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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 #3 of 46 Specialty Lodging in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
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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