Rocking J's is a one off, I've never stayed anywhere like it. It is utterly mad, fantastically vibrant and pretty much on the beach. It's off-key, the decor is loud, the people are characters, and it's affordable.
I arrived at Rocking J's as a solo traveller, the accommodation was extremely cheap, and they have something for everyone- I slept in a hammock. I don't know much about the room, but found the hammock's comfortable. There is not a lot of personl space, as there are about 30 or so hammocks in just one area, however there are lockers provided for all your belongings. As the place is a quite a large site, it can be a bit difficult to meet people as a solo traveller, especially during the low months- however after a while you get into the swing of things.
The owner J is a quirky man (for want of a better word), he has a special bunker, prepared for the end of the world- I recommend you take a tour when he gives one. The entire hostel is covered in paintings and murals and mosaic. The hostel is right on the beach, and it's a nice stretch, they're are often bonfires in the night- overall nice atmosphere.
The negatives would be the kitchen- it's quite dirty, there is not enough kitchen equipment, I had to use my own camping spoon and to eat cereal I had to use a cup- there were no bowls. Also, the bathrooms are sometimes dirty, but it was mixed on different days.Also, the transport I had booked from the hostel was- as I later found out more expensive than booking it in town. The staff were overall lovely except for the receptionists.
The pro's were: Being on the beach, the vibe, the cost, it's close enough to some great places to eat, and you can rent a cycle and head all over town and up to some of the other beaches. The bunker for the end of the world, the other people staying at the hostel, and you MUST try the amazing ice-cream & pineapple desert- delicious.
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- Also Known As:
- Rocking j`s Hotel Puerto Viejo
- Rocking J's Costa Rica/Limon