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1 Block East and 1 South from Luna Llena Hotel, Tamarindo 50309 Costa Rica
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#11 of 122 Specialty lodging in Tamarindo
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4.5
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4.4
Tamarindo Backpackers is a boutique beach hostel. Anne the owner works very hard to improve the hostel on a daily basis. Tamarindo Backpackers is a small, friendly place to stay just minutes from the beach. Get to know fellow travelers in the communal kitchen or chilling by the pool. Its a super friendly and fun atmosphere. We are the Lonely Planet Guide recommended hostel in Tamarindo for several years running! Here's what Lonely Planet has to say about us: "Our favorite hostel in Tamarindo, this intimate, all-star backpacker spot, in a gorgeous yellow hacienda is big enough to make new friends . . . small enough to feel more like home. The common kitchen area has a large, full-stocked shared Kitchen, cable TV and FREE coffee. Dorm and private rooms are clean and comfy. Outside, you will find lovely tropical gardens, small pool and hammocks, all surrounded by woods where you'll hear howler monkeys every morning".- By Lonely Planet 2011. The author's choice from ALL hostels in Tamarindo.
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42Manuela wrote a review Jan 2023
Lugano, Switzerland87 contributions44 helpful votes
Lots of open space, hammocks, couches, a tiny pool, many toilets/showers, big kitchen. The 12 beds dorm was not cramped and mattresses very comfortable. Nice folk around and no loud music nor parties so you can sleep in a quiet environment. The thick walls and thick door window keep away the normal noise of the patio. The american owner seems to be a perfect middle-age gentleman, contrary to what a tourist wrote on a review. If you want to visit Playa Brasilito and Pl. Conchal (24 km away) just take a frequent "colectivo" to Huacas (1000 col.) and then to Brasilito (1000 col.) : in 45' you are there.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Make sure a/c in the dorm is not below 27 degrees !
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JM wrote a review Dec 2022
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I have stayed in this hostel 7-8 times. It is my new home away from home. The staff is super friendly and it has a POOL so what's not to love?! The kitchen is newly redone and is fully equipped with everything you need to make a meal. They also have game nights, movie nights, and awesome pool days. HIGHLY recommend!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Room Tip: They have awesome private rooms if youre not into the bunk bed situation!
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Vacation788552 wrote a review May 2022
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being put in a 12 bed dorm after booking an 8 bed, owner really didn't care he was ripping people off. he offered to refund the difference but never did. no hot water in shower. pillows so thin they might as well be none. very loud broken a/c fan in room. no lockers in room. booked shuttle to airport with them. was confirmed at $25 but told $65 when it arrived. left no time to book through another more reputable company so had to pay it. just another American owned place that has no scruples when it comes to ripping off their customers.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Trip type: Traveled on business
Room Tip: another hostel
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IntrepidExplorers2019 wrote a review Mar 2022
London, United Kingdom50 contributions35 helpful votes
Great hostel, run by a lovely American family. Best kitchen we’ve come across. Private room was nice. Not the biggest social space and is generally quite quiet. If you’re moving around Tamarindo we highly recommend this place for a quieter night off!
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Jonah P wrote a review May 2021
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I really enjoyed my stay here for the 10 days I was here. All the guests and staff are super friendly. The kitchen is great for cooking as well. They have great deals with some of the local excursions such as cheap surf lessons and rentals. I will be back soon!
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Anne Ferris, General Manager at Tamarindo Backpackers
Responded Aug 5, 2021
Thank you for your review. Glad you noticed our great WIFI.
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Jorge Sequeira wrote a review Sep 2020
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As a national traveling around Costa Rica, I can assert this hostel has been one of the friendliest as well as safe when it comes to covid measures. We were received by Camila, who was very helpful when looking for places to eat and places to surf. The room was clean and tidy. The hostel itself has the awesome pool, a very useful kitchen and some incredibly chill hamacas. 10/10 would recommend. Services
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Erin wrote a review Sep 2020
Thunder Bay, Canada5 contributions3 helpful votes
Just dropping you guys a note to say thank you so much for taking me in last night! There are VERY few tourists in tamarindo right now, but Tamarindo Backpackers answered the door late last night at 10:45 pm and gave me a place to stay when nothing else was open. Super nice hosts and chill vibe!!! Keep up the good work! Thanks again for all your help! Pura Vida Erin from Canada
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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JaninaT wrote a review Feb 2020
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Words can’t even explain how fun times I had here!! You can feel the love and it is one big family! Everything you could ask from a hostel!! Big recommendation if you are looking for friends and fun and travelling solo or with friends ;)
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Bart K wrote a review Feb 2020
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 The nicest hostel in Tamarindo. The staff are excellent! High Five to Marco & NewYorker. Its not too small and not too big. Very friendly & good group of travellers coming and going which makes for great conversations. Its affordable for Costa Rica which is a 3rd world country with 1st world prices. If your backpacking & on a budget this is the place to stay. It has the original 'Pura Vida' vibe, unlike other areas where its all about the 'Pura Dinero'
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Nori V wrote a review Jan 2020
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My first time in a hostel & it was really good! The whole staff was great. They create an environment where you feel comfortable and relaxed. They also provide great info on anything you are looking for since most of them have traveled around Tamarindo & Costa Rica. Their staff member, Marco was a great surfing instructor. Very patient and doesn't just throw you into the water. Teaches you everything step by step! I would go back anytime of the year. SHOUTOUT TO "D", thanks for everything!
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
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PRICE RANGE
$34 - $110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of GuanacasteTamarindo
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tamarindo Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Tamarindo Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Papaya Con Leche (0.3 miles), Lydia Beech Art Boutique (0.3 miles), and Sharky's (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Tamarindo Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Tamarindo Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Tamarindo Backpackers?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Tamarindo Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Antichi Sapori Sicilian Cuisine, La Oveja Surf House, and Falafel Bar.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Tamarindo Backpackers?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Tamarindo Backpackers have airport transportation?
Yes, Tamarindo Backpackers offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Tamarindo Backpackers?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.