I stayed in this lovely hostel when our friends from Holland were visiting us in Costa Rica. It´s a very funky place; colorful, with lots of arty decorations and a very relaxed vibe with lots of hammocks. The buildings are surrounded by a true tropical garden. Plenty of hummingbirds fly by every morning. It´s all build in a way that you can easily find a quiet spot for yourself (at least in low season) and enjoy your own little piece of paradise.
If you walk out of the gate you are within 3 minutes on one of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica, no kidding! With a little peninsula sticking out in the sea (the Punta Uva) on which you can walk and have a breathtaking view on the ocean and beaches. You feel like a pirate standing there by yourself with the breeze in your hair. :) If you go to the beach beyond this point (lazy cruisin on your beach bike of´course :) there´s a reef just a couple of meters from the beach. Stick your head in the water and it´s like you´re swimming in an aquarium!
All in all, this is a place where nature and zen lovers go. Just one pulperia nearby and some restaurants, for the rest there are just lovely beaches, monkeys and one road. You can easily bike to Manzanillo and explore the amazing nature reserve there. At night the staff of Walaba often make a big fire on the beach. Bring some snacks, booze and a guitar and life can´t get any sweeter (there is also fluorescent algae in the water so a nightly skinny dip is a great experience!).
Clean drinking water is being provided so people that say they got sick at Walaba probably got their bacteria at another place. Or they were singing too loud underneath the shower. ;)
Walaba is not a five star place so there can be some wood dust on your bed and sometimes there is no electricity or water. But the staff tries to make your stay as comfortable as possible. So if you enjoy life, come and enjoy this place!
- 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