If you've come accross anyone in Costa Rica who's been to Puerto Viejo, chances are they stayed at Rocking J's and chances are they'll recommend it. Even the guide books note this one and claim it is the party hostel. While it is THE backpackers hostel, it doesn't neccessarily make it a crazy party hostel. People also say Puerto Viejo itself is a party town so I decided to go there for New Year's last year. I can tell you the party was underwhelming as much inside the hostel as it was outside. Everyone was just sitting drinking, talking until about midnight when we went to the beach in the back for firqorks. This was nice. Then I went to a pretty good party which ended around 2 or 2;30. Not much of a party town if you ask me. And keep in mind this was New Year's.
The town is nothing special if you as me. But back to Rocking J's. It's cheap given you ca camp and rent hammocks but it is also hot. There's little ventilation where the hammocks are and the place is jampacked with them, so forget a slight swing on the hammock because you will surely hit your neighbor. Any noise is also so easy to hear in the hammocks area. While I didn't go into the dorms, my understanding is that it was those shipping containers out in the yard and word was that they were hot!
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- Also Known As:
- Rocking j`s Hotel Puerto Viejo
- Rocking J's Costa Rica/Limon