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Room2Board Hostel and Surf School

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Metros Oeste de la Clinica de Jaco 200 In Front of the Beach, Jaco, Garabito Municipality 61101 Costa Rica
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#1 of 104 Specialty lodging in Jaco
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4.7
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4.8
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4.8
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Room2Board is a newly built boutique hostel and surf school located on the Central Pacific Coast in Jaco Beach, Costa Rica. Its eco-friendly design provides adventure travelers, surfers, and backpackers a clean, safe and affordable place to stay. Room2Board was designed to have the social atmosphere and affordability of a traditional hostel and surf camp along with the amenities and style of a boutique hotel. From the moment you check-in you will feel apart of our global family. Please note we have a 2 day minimum on the weekends and a 2 day minimum over Semana Santa, March 27- April 5th and Christmas.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Yoga classes
Bar / lounge
Beach
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Poolside bar
Shuttle bus service
Taxi service
Rooftop terrace
Baggage storage
Concierge
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Laundry service
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Air conditioning
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Modern
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

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Grade: 78 out of 100
18Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
2Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
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Surfgirl wrote a review Sep 5
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Exceptional experience staying here! The team really go out of their way to make it awesome. The hostel itself is a dream. And the beach is perfect for surfing. Great area and I'm sure I'll be back. Thank you guys!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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KathleenH25 wrote a review Jun 2022
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica14 contributions2 helpful votes
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Room2Board is a class act beachfront hostel that has claimed its own spot in Jaco. Away from the business of the main strip, Room2Board offers comfortable shared or private rooms with a view in front of a pumping surf break. The bathrooms include showers; additionally, there are common cooking areas, outdoor showers, a beautiful pool, restaurant and bar. For remote workers the co-working space is bar-none. You can stash your stuff in a locker to keep it safe, rent a board from the surf shop if you need one, take a lesson, book a tour, you name it. The prices are competitive and a real deal for what you get. If you are a budget traveler, stay in a shared room for under $20. If price isn't an object, stay more luxuriously in a private room. The owner Brian takes pride in his masterpiece accommodation and his friendly staff hails from all over the world. You will be content to just hang in the bar/restaurant area all day long or relaxing in the state of the art pool. Hands down one of the best places to stay in Jaco. As an experienced hosteler, I can confidently say that Room2Board's value can not be beat.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Martina R wrote a review Jun 2022
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I saw many other hostels in the area and I believe Jaco is the best bang for your buck. It is not luxurious but the hostel is clean, the people that work there are some of the sweetest people I've met and so helpful. The surf shop is very convenient for getting lessons, rentals, and booking tours and excursions. If you are new to surfing the lessons are great.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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kalalo wrote a review Apr 2022
Buffalo, New York2 contributions1 helpful vote
It was fun! Loved the ambiance, people were nice :) Bar is open until 11pm, it has a great location in front of the beach, food was great! The room was clean though the sheets they gave us twice were stained, otherwise we were very happy with our stay!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Tom C wrote a review Apr 2022
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I spent 4 nights at Room2Board and had 4 of the most fun and memorable days of my life! The Hostel is very clean and safe, the staff is friendly, and the bar and pool make it very easy to meet other travelers. The beach is literally across the street and it is just a short walk to several hikes, bars, and restaurants.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Tripper123London wrote a review Apr 2022
London10 contributions2 helpful votes
We were keen to get out of San Jose as soon as possible and coming from a wet cpld country we craved a beach. This hostel is right on the beach. Good food, swimming pool and comfy bunk beds. It has a great backpacker vibe and we made lots of friends
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Arielle D wrote a review Apr 2022
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I stayed at R2B for 29 nights, and I couldn’t recommend this hostel enough. Wondering if you can work remotely? The answer is YES (I worked 40 hours a week). The wifi is decent (fine if you’re just browsing the Internet), but the secret to doing this successfully is grabbing a SIM Card from Claro (15 minute walk from the hostel). You can get 30 days of UNLIMITED data (seriously unlimited) for $25 dollars. I work in tech sales running product demos over zoom, and my Claro SIM Card worked flawlessly no matter where I was in the hostel (my room, co-working space, by the pool or on the rooftop!) For less than a dollar a day, this is WELL WORTH IT. Other Tips: Bring some solid headphones for working from the common spaces; they’ll turn on the AC for you in the co-working space if you ask the front desk. :) Whether you’re working or backpacking - if you’re looking for the most welcoming, fun, & solo-traveler friendly hostel in Jaco, (maybe in Costa Rica), then stay here. R2B attracts down-to-earth people and has an awesome, chill vibe. The common areas make it VERY easy to meet people (take it from someone who had to meet a new group of people every 3 days for 4 weeks straight). Hang around the pool, bar, or rooftop for sunset. Brian (the owner) and the rest of the team are awesome. They were always there to help with anything I needed. The team works NON STOP to keep things super clean. The kitchen can get a little messy / crowded as it’s a bit small - but food at the hostel restaurant is extremely reasonably priced + super good for times that the kitchen is too crowded. The location cannot be beat - they are on the safer side of Jaco and directly on the beach. You can grab a surfboard and be on the water in 1 minute. There’s a shop with all your essentials a 5 minute walk away, and you’re a 6 minute walk from the main road (most of that walk can be along the beach, if you’d like). I’ve been all over Australia, SE Asia, & Europe and rooftop sunsets at R2B were some of the most beautiful I’ve seen in my life. Lastly, in addition to surfing there are a ton of nearby activities (parties at playa Hermosa, hiking at El Miro, waterfall hikes, ATV / Zipline tours, and more). My 29 nights here were a dream and I hope this review helps. :) Enjoy your trip! Pura Vida!
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Melody E wrote a review Mar 2022
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Outstanding spearfishing trip in Jaco. As always, Room2Board was fantastic. The rooms and property were immaculate. The beach view is just icing on the cake. The downstairs bar, restaurant and pool area have such a vibrant vibe. The list of available activities provides something for everyone. Lastly, the staff provides perfect customer service. Outstanding venue!
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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TheRealWillieScott wrote a review Mar 2022
London, United Kingdom45 contributions19 helpful votes
My room was perfectly adequate. On the pricey side. Staff very nice both at reception and bar. Short walk to beach. Some fun people, but quiet most nights. I surfed with another school. But hotel close to beach break.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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David L wrote a review Feb 2022
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This hostel was just amazing. The rooms were nice, the people and the volunteers were kind, the location was amazing. Right at the beach and walking distance to bars and clubs. Most important the vibe was absolutely great. People were so kind and everyone wanted to talk with everyone. Loved our stay.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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PRICE RANGE
$79 - $85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of PuntarenasGarabito MunicipalityJaco DistrictJaco
NUMBER OF ROOMS
21
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Frequently Asked Questions about Room2Board Hostel and Surf School
Which popular attractions are close to Room2Board Hostel and Surf School?
Nearby attractions include Jaco Walk Open Air Shopping Center (0.3 miles) and Dkoko (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Room2Board Hostel and Surf School?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Room2Board Hostel and Surf School?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Room2Board Hostel and Surf School?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Room2Board Hostel and Surf School?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tsunami Sushi Jacó Walk, SER Restaurante, and Chili Guaros at Room2Board.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Room2Board Hostel and Surf School?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Room2Board Hostel and Surf School have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Room2Board Hostel and Surf School offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Room2Board Hostel and Surf School have airport transportation?
Yes, Room2Board Hostel and Surf School offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Room2Board Hostel and Surf School?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Room2Board Hostel and Surf School have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Room2Board Hostel and Surf School accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.