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Rocking J's
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“Overrated”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

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!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

Rocking J's offers hammocks, tents, dorms and rooms for 400 people who do not expect a clean place to stay! BUT: The hostel is crazy, food is brilliant and it is a cool location for parties. I went there in September when only a few people stayed there, it was ok and I had a good time.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

Rocking J's is unique because of its hammocks, resources, and people. Sleeping in a hammock is one of the most relaxing nights of sleep you will ever get, since the gentle rocking combined with the sound of the ocean is just too peaceful. In addition to hammocks, they also have unique suites, which are also really nice (they have strategically placed mirrors if you catch my drift). Rocking J's will pick you up from the bus stop in a taxi if you call ahead! They have delicious food in their restaurant, and have access to the beach just behind the resort. The bathroom facilities are better than average for a hostel, and the kitchen has everything you'll need for a nice communal dinner. There is even a small convenience store across the street for your beverage needs ;)

Rocking J's is such a unique, amazing place. I spent a semester studying abroad in Costa Rica, and of the 14 weekends I was in the country, I stayed at Rocking J's 5 weekends. The mix of people there is lively, fun, and eccentric. I met backpackers there from all over the world who were ready to party and have a good time. The atmosphere is so chill - it makes it impossible to want to leave, until you just get exhausted from having too good of a time.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend this place to families with small children, but if you are traveling with friends and looking to have a GREAT time, J's is the place for you!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

Rocking J's is fun!! Everyone, except us, is about 23 years old and from around the world. We act 23 so everyone is cool with the old hippies in the back. The staff is wonderful and kind, the restaurant is really good but no coffee till about 8:30 am. Rocking J is a master idea guy, and the employees make it happen. Last year he added organic vegetable gardens! There is a resident sloth you may see resting in a tree during the day. And there are three dogs that are the best dogs in the world, a strong statement but true. There is a beach path that goes to town about 10 minutes away or to another beach about 12 minutes away. Great walking path but don't use it at night, no lights. We have made friends from around the world there and if you like people, like fun, like art, like dogs, like good food, like good hammocks, like swimming, like surfing, like hanging out with old hippies, you will like Rocking J's.

Room Tip: Red or blue hammocks are both good. We rent the King Suite.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

We rented a hammock one night on a recent visit through PV. The staff here are always nice. The bathrooms gross me out but could be worse I suppose. All you can drink jungle juice after 9 ;) campfires and marshmallow roasting. Good times but for me I can only do a night or two max. Than moving on to a place with a real shower ;)

  • Stayed August 2013
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

It's definitely a party hostel so don't expect to get a good nights sleep. I stayed in the dorms and there is a gap at the too of the doorway so it really doesn't minimize much of the noise going on in the rest of the hostel or from your neighbors. They did have decent sized lockers for your stuff and beds were fairly comfy... No complaints there. Definitely an awesome place to relax and hang in a hammock or grab a drink and the nightlife was fun and social. They brought out an ice luge that everyone got free shots from. Very fun!

  • Stayed December 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

Despite being a simple hostel, is located in front of a beautiful beach.
Good food and service.
You can choose between shared rooms, rooms for couples or singles, tents, or hammocks.
A little hot, like everywhere in Costa Rica.
Recomended!!!!!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Rocking J's
Address: Puerto Viejo | Puerto Viejo, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca 70403, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Limon > Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #41 of 101 Specialty Lodging in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 200
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