We stayed at the Walaba for two nights in May 2012, choosing a private two-person bedroom with shared kitchen and bath. The property is beautiful, planted thickly with local plants, and the open-air buildings circulate the ocean breeze. It is probably the prettiest hostel I've seen. We spent two days lounging in the hammocks, renting bicycles ($6) for the trip to Puerto Viejo, and chatting with fellow travelers. We could see and hear the howler monkeys from our patio, and the beach was a two-minute walk down the road.
Two words of caution: This is definitely a hostel, with the usual hostel problems of noise and drunkenness, so it might not be ideal for older travelers. Also, when we visited, everyone in the hostel caught a nasty 24-hour stomach virus that put a damper on our trip. I don't know whether this is endemic to this hostel or just something that happened to be going around at the time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Walaba is a charming property located between the jungle and the beach in the South Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Our houses Caribbean style, are perfect for people who enjoy the tranquility of nature and love life. Our regular visitors in the area include monkeys, sloths, hummingbirds, toucans and many other species of birds, frogs, lizards along with other critters and creatures that mother nature has offered Costa Rica. We are located 5km from down town Puerto Viejo on your way to Manzanillo. There are buses during the day that will drop you off directly outside the hostel or you can get a taxi from Puerto Viejo. Punta Uva is quite and relaxed with restaurants, markets and bars with a local touch. Walaba Hostel & Beach Houses is a short 2 minute walk from Punta Uva beach; one of the most beautiful and well known beaches in Costa Rica and the world. Playa Punta Uva is surrounded by exotic vegetation and wildlife with pristine crystal blue waters. Protected by a rock cave it’s a perfect beach to swim, snorkel/dive, kayak or just relax and enjoy a book or the company of old and new friends. For those travellers who may want to veer from the typical budget hostel or party environment and feel the real magic of the Caribbean Coast, our multi lingual staff can guide you in any direction you want to travel. We offer: Free Wifi, kitchen, beds with mosquito nets, hot water showers, dining room & hammocks, open air terrace and BBQ, parking, bicycle and snorkel rental, tour desk and shuttle service all set in a Tropical Rainforest Garden. "Walaba Hostel – Your Caribbean Vibe Mixed With The Costa Rican Pura Vida." ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Walaba Hostel & Beach Houses Costa Rica/Limon