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Rocking J's
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

My friend and I spent three nights in the hammocks at Rocking J's, and despite the incessant rain, we had a good time. But it seemed like everything we wanted to do incurred a new charge. There are signs everywhere saying the water isn't potable, so we had to pay to buy AND to refill water bottles.

We also paid $5 to rent bikes, but couldn't find the bike with the number that corresponded to the lock and no staff was available to help us...they all sort of disappeared. The next day we each had to pay another $5 to rent bikes again. Make sure you test them before you leave the premises- many are half broken.

They also only give sheets- not blankets- for the hammocks, and the first night it got pretty durn cold. The internet worked and things were as clean as they can be in the middle of the woods next to the beach.

Even though the hammocks were only like $9, there was no breakfast or coffee. Overall it was a good place to meet people and of course the art on every possible service is awesome and entertaining. But inside every bathroom stall it said, "don't write on the walls- you're not in prison any more." That seemed to embody the attitude of the management- we're probably all ex cons.

Room Tip: If you're camping avoid the green astro turf- it turns into a mud pit when it rains!
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank Rachel N
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

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.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled solo
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Thank ZabyBL
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Reviewed December 20, 2012 via mobile

Amazing mosaic art work all over this beach front hostel. Went there during "the calm before the storm" as one of the bartenders explained. By far one of the better costa hostels. Affordable good staff massive capacity cheap. Rare in costa. Also the best springboard to gather a party crew to rock into bocos del toro. Shuttles leave every morning. Worry free. Bathroom and showers werent the most frequently cleaned. Longish walk into town if ur on the lazy side.

  • Stayed: December 2012
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Thank Ray B
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

if you're looking for a cheap cool-looking oceanside place to party, this is it. However, the staff isn't very friendly and were having loud arguments among themselves. The kitchen is TERRIBLE; a few broken dishes, tiny dirty space and one fridge for the whole place. There also isn't very good space to hang out in (its hard to set things on tables with broken rusty lighters glued to them). If you are looking for a quiet, low-key evening, or even a chilled out reggae filled night, this isn't the place, since there is always music playing from about 8am on (excessively loud at night) and no reggae (the two nights we were there). Oh and if you stay in their tents, the entire floor shakes everytime someone walks by.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Thank thousandances7
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

amazing. must go, sincerely. Dont travel to puerto viejo without spending a couple of nights there. Amazing bar, party, people, fellow travelers, bonefire, beach, location, etc. I had a couple of tears when i left.. this is home. Perfect for solo travelers and any buddies open minded and ready to join the fun. Try the food there, its a must!!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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Thank Audrey M
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