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Don Jon's Lodge and Restaurante
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Umea, Sweden
1 review
“Relax to the max”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

Truely living up to his slogan.
Not expecsive at all, you meet lot's of funny people and the owner is the coolest guy in costa rica!
Close to the beach and everything you need aswell. Even if I were there in low season, the people are hanging at Don Jon's.
And if you like to surf you'll have lots of new friends all over the world.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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santa teresa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2013

don jons what a nice place, great vibe!! the staff is amazing friendly people always with a huge smile and desire to help u in whatever way. the food mmmmmmm.... try the burritos theres none in town better than this!!! incredible! nice cozy rooms and super safe, close to the waves 5min walk and restaurants, supermarket too....
highly recommended!!! pura vida jon!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank carlos p
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

We stayed in the A/C 8-bed dorm of Don Jon's and can only recommend it. The rooms were clean and the staff was friendly and helpful. Only the bathroom was a bit small. But this is compensated by the very nice atmosphere and good rates, even at crazy New Year times.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

don jons the man had an awsome christmas there cooked up some fish and made a punch and really felt like a family... bueno onda(good vibe)
would deffintatly stay there again. he has it all from dorms to private rooms to really cool buildings up the back of the propety with rooms and a top deck laid out with hammocks and a great place to chill. If your a surfer its great because its really close to the track to get to the main surf beach.
really chilled and good people pura vida

Room Tip: we had four people so we upgraded to the privet unit which had two bathrooms and ac had friends stay...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2012

I stayed@ Don Jon's for 5 nights, the place is just great! i stayed in the private cabana, the design is real nice! all wood and you have ur private bathroom, no AC but on most says it was fine to sleep with the FAN, surprisingly not much insects and things running around the cabins! especially that you are surrounded by a forest.

The best thing about Don Jon's is the vibe! its just so chill and friendly! people all hang out together in the common areas, great music being played all day! really great music! :) and i am normally very picky about my music.

The Food is really nice too, very healthy! all breakfast come with fresh fruit and they have amazing fruit smoothies.

Jon himself is a great guy! super chilled, friendly and very helpful and always offering tips on where to go, he even took us with him to a beach wedding on the 1st day i arrived!

ll definitely be coming back here! had a great time and met great people!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Nags Head, North Carolina, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2012

I will try to keep this concise, as I could rave about this hostel for pages and pages. When we first arrived in Santa Teresa, my girlfriend and I checked out about 12 different hostels, hotels, and B&B's, as we planned on staying a few days or more. Most of the others seemed a bit overpriced for the amenities, and most owners/receptionists at nearby locations were trying a bit too hard to "sell" us on the rooms. We were traveling right at the beginning of the high . season. Don Jon's was one of the last places we explored, because we noticed it seemed to have more tenants, but once we stopped in, we quickly realized why it is one of the more popular accommodations. First of all, Don Jon himself is truly one of the most relaxed inspiring people you will ever meet, which sets the pace for the entire hostel. He is not at all interested in gouging tourists for money, which is why the rates are so low. The old saying "you get what you pay for" does not apply here, as the super clean dorms, breathtakingly beautiful jungle-treehouse style cabanas, and 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartments are priced much lower than they could (or should) be. We planned on staying for 3 days, which turned into 2.5 weeks. The food from the restaurant was amazing. The views from the top of the 3-story cabanas while laying in the hammock were amazing. (hammock city) This is truly a place where you can privately relax to the max, or get to know a great group of people. Seems most of the travelers who frequent here are like minded, which made for a great social atmosphere, as we made many friends while staying here that we will be keeping in touch with.. Yet we were there for a romantic getaway, and the private cabanas (conveniently located down a beautiful path away from the dorms and apartments) made for a perfect private getaway. Though we hadn't planned on socializing as much on our trip, the vibe was so excellent that we fell right in to the scene, participating in communal dinners in the kitchen, going out as a group, etc. The place is beautiful, with coconut and other fruit trees, flowers, gardens, beautiful decor (the woodwork of the cabanas is incredible) and this is just an all-around top-notch place to stay for the solo traveler, couple, or large family (as there were a couple families with small children fully enjoying their stay in the 2-bedroom apartments). Security, parking, the works! Don Jon has really covered all bases with his place. Our regular routine would be waking up to a fresh brewed cup o joe, fresh fruit, gallo pinto, then head out to a consistent perfect surf break right across the street at one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire country, come back over and take advantage of one of the outside showers, lay in the hammock for a while, strum the communal guitar, maybe play a little badminton in the yard, go surfing again, then enjoy another on-point meal from the restaurant, head back to the beach for the magnificent sunset, and maybe practice yoga in the tranquil studio space. The perfect life. Don Jon and his overly hospitable and friendly staff (of whom became more friends than staff) were very knowledgeable about the country, bus routes/times, other local restaurants (there is not a competitive gene in Don Jon, he just does it right), and were able to offer a variety of activities and tours. I'm sure there are many other good things I may have forgot to mention, but Don Jons is all about relaxing to the max, good surf, positive vibes, and hospitality. My advice is, look no further, you've found it. Can't wait to go back myself.

Room Tip: Cabanas are private, quiet, clean, located away from the dorms Dorms are clean, comfortable, A/C...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Nosara, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2012

Don Jon is the man.
Great service, hammock city, great rooms, a few steps away from the beach, AWEEEESOME atmosphere, could not ask for anything better in a hostel. My 2 night stay extended to a good few weeks and I still have no intentions of leaving.
Your an idiot if you don't go!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Don Jon's Lodge and Restaurante
Address: 150 meters north from soccer plaza, Santa Teresa 1, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Santa Teresa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 57 Specialty Lodging in Santa Teresa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Don Jon*s has a variety of accomodations, great restaurante, and is conviniently located. Dorm rooms for backpackers, modern apartments with AC for groups, and rustic cabins with private rooms all made from teak wood and very one of a kind. A restaurante serving the freshest fish tacos, burritos, sandwiches and salads all ways, always. Only 100 meters walk to Santa Teresa beach with consistent surf year round and in the center of the village near markets, reataurantes, and soccer plaza. A family run establishment where the service is personalized and with gusto. See you soon! Pura Vida! ... more   less 
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