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Selina Jaco
3 out of 5
Calle Alice, 100 South and 50, West of Cruz Roja, Jaco, Puntarenas
The price is CA $50 per night from May 5 to May 6

Nestled on the beach, this Jaco hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Neo Fauna and Jaco Beach. Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Pacific Park is 1.8 mi (3 km) ...

4.1/5Very Good! (109 reviews)
Great staff and location.

"The staff was great. Food and drink was very overpriced. Almost felt like a retail store at times, which diminished the experience and authenticity a bit. Bathroom could use some updating. Enjoyed the volleyball games during sunset."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 21, 2020

Selina Jaco
Selina San Jose
3 out of 5
Ave. 9, Calles 13 y 15, Barrio Otoya, El Carmen, San Jose
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $47 per night from May 2 to May 3

Located in Carmen, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Morazan Park and National Park. San Pedro Mall and University of Costa Rica are also within 3 mi ...

4.1/5Very Good! (114 reviews)

"Excelente hostel, el personal es muy atento, siempre intentando dar lo máximo para la comodidad del cliente, el único detalle es que no hacen limpieza en la habitación a menos de que se los pidas y pienso que esto es un factor muy importante, ya que esperas llegar a tu habitación y ver tu cama tendida. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 15, 2021

Selina San Jose
Costa Rica Backpackers - Hostel
2 out of 5
Avenida 6, between Calle 21 & 25, San Jose, San Jose
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $12 per night from Apr 24 to Apr 25

Located in Catedral, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of National Park and Morazan Park. San Pedro Mall and University of Costa Rica are also within 1 ...

3.8/5Good! (146 reviews)

"Great balance of guests. Having the POOL on property was so awesome! A lot of people I met were RETURN guests.. very & professional manager there from the UK! Good job!"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 2, 2021

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Casa Jungla Hostel
Avenida Pastor Dias, 50 meters south of the Hotel Kangaroo, Jaco, Puntarenas
The price is CA $65 per night from May 2 to May 3

Situated near the beach, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Neo Fauna and Jaco Beach. Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Pacific Park is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)

"The Casa Jungla Hostel is a beautiful place, with a lush forest, and nice areas (and hammocks) to hang out in. The hosts are nice, although their English is limited, the breakfast is good, and there's lots of coffee. It is in a good location, a bit south of the main stretch of Jaco, so it is quieter, ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 23, 2021

Casa Jungla Hostel
Selina Manuel Antonio
3 out of 5
Kilometro 5, Puntarenas, Manuel Antonio
The price is CA $58 per night from May 4 to May 5

Situated by the sea, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Manuel Antonio National Park and La Selvita. Playitas Beach and Biesanz Beach are also within 2 mi ...

3.9/5Good! (222 reviews)

"This place is very special. A very upscale hostel as it had 3 pools! All the staff were super kind and friendly. This felt more like a resort than a hostel which i was very please with how far my money went by staying here. It's in the middle of the jungle and we saw sloths, toucans, and monkeys ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 23, 2021

Selina Manuel Antonio
Room2Board Hostel and Surf School
2 out of 5
200 Metros Oeste de la Clinica de Jaco, In front of the beach, Jaco
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $93 per night from Apr 30 to May 1

Nestled on the beach, this Jaco hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Neo Fauna and Jaco Beach. Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Pacific Park is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (49 reviews)
Happy with Room2Board

"Hostel is perfectly located on the beach, pool and bar area are very good for relaxing rooms and overall was very clean, only issue was the pillows and bed sheets were not comfortable"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 22, 2020

Room2Board Hostel and Surf School
House Of Coffee
2 out of 5
Orosi Ruta 224 La Alegria, Orosi, Province of Cartago
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $31 per night from Apr 17 to Apr 18

Situated in Orosi, this hostel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Tapanti National Park, Lankester Botanical Garden, and Parque Nacional Tapanti. Ruins of Ujarras and ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Not in operation

"OK. So it's not actually an operational hostel just now. The old owners sold up long ago and left the country, and the person who owns it now **as a private house** has no idea why booking are still made or how to access them. She still let me stay to prevent me getting stuck and got a room ready ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 26, 2020

House Of Coffee
Beds on Bohio
2 out of 5
Beds on Bohio, next to Swell bar, Calle Bohio, Jaco, Puntarenas Province
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Situated near the beach, this hostel is steps from Neo Fauna and Jaco Beach. Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Pacific Park is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

3.3/5 (28 reviews)

"OK hostel. Good location. Very noisy neighborhood."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 27, 2020

Beds on Bohio
Hotel Buddha House
2 out of 5
Pastor Diaz main Avenue, facing El Bohio Street, Centro, Jaco, Puntarenas
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The price is CA $56 per night from Apr 18 to Apr 19

Situated near the beach, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Neo Fauna and Jaco Beach. Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Pacific Park is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) ...

4.3/5Excellent! (121 reviews)

"it's a good place to stay, breakfast is excellent, my only feedback would be how often the shared bathroom is cleaned"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 29, 2021

Hotel Buddha House
Hostel Manuel Antonio
2 out of 5
Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio, Provincia de Puntarenas
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $50 per night from Apr 15 to Apr 16

Situated near the beach, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of ADR Adventure Park and Manuel Antonio National Park. Playa La Macha is 1.3 mi (2 km) ...

3.6/5Good! (19 reviews)

"Nice place but lacking heavy on the cleanliness"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 2, 2020

Hostel Manuel Antonio
Hostel Vista Serena
2 out of 5
150meters north of Manuel Antonio School, Manuel Antonio, Provincia de Puntarenas
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $48 per night from Apr 15 to Apr 16

Situated by the ocean, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of ADR Adventure Park and Manuel Antonio National Park. Playa La Macha is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) ...

4.2/5Very Good! (11 reviews)

"Nice view friendly staff comfortable beds good location to restaurants"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 31, 2020

Hostel Vista Serena
Capital Hostel de Ciudad
2 out of 5
Avenida 16 A y Calle 60 A, Sabana Sur, San Jose
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The price is CA $53 per night from Apr 15 to Apr 16

Located in Mata Redonda, this hostel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Costa Rica National Stadium (Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica) and within 3 mi (5 km) of Museum of ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)

"Staff from AM and PM both were very nice and helpful. Place is safe and rather quiet for San Jose, except louder than La Fortuna where we had arrived from. Overall, super cute and affordable hostel, would def. recommend!"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 7, 2021

Capital Hostel de Ciudad
Gaudy´s Eco Hotel
2 out of 5
avenida 5 entre calle 36 y 38, de la toyota 200 norte y 50 este, San Jose, San Jose
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The price is CA $33 per night from Apr 15 to Apr 16

Located in Merced, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Costa Rican Art, Sabana Park, and Costa Rica National Stadium (Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica). ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (9 reviews)

"It's well worth the price paid for a private room and the breakfast is quite decent. It's a great place in terms of atmosphere as well. The condition of the facilities are far from the best but everything is functioning, and the hot water is strong. Wifi all over. I'd go back."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 27, 2021

Gaudy´s Eco Hotel
Nativus Art-Hostel
2 out of 5
Ave 5 Edificio 3650, Paseo Colon, Entre Calle 36 y 38, San Jose, San Jose
The price is CA $25 per night from Apr 21 to Apr 22

Located in Merced, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Costa Rican Art and Costa Rica National Stadium (Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica). Gold Museum ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)

"beautiful hostel with fantastic decor, incredible service, nice breakfast, walking distance to many things. 10/10 will be back!"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 10, 2021

Nativus Art-Hostel
Téva Eco Retreat
2 out of 5
2Km Continuo a Verona Beach Club, Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas
The price is CA $65 per night from Apr 15 to Apr 16

Situated near the beach, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of ADR Adventure Park, Manuel Antonio Nature Park & Wildlife Refuge, and Manuel Antonio National ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)

"Amazing value for the money. Great hospitality, excellent property with walking trails, comfortable beds, nice facilities, great bar and restaurant on the property also. Highly recommend!"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 2019

Téva Eco Retreat
Hostel del Paseo
2 out of 5
Enfrente de Torres de Paseo Colon, San Jose
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The price is CA $40 per night from Apr 15 to Apr 16

Located in Hospital, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mercado Central, San Jose Cathedral, and National Theater. Sabana Park and Jade Museum are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (45 reviews)

"Hostel was cool but the security man tried to Kiss me on the mouth and grabbed me where he should not be grabbing. I was a solo young female traveler and on my first trip. I didn’t know who to tell because he was the only one there. It’s been three days and I still have anxiety about it."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 7, 2021

Hostel del Paseo
Millenium Manuel Antonio
2 out of 5
Contiguo a Coope Alianza, Entrada a Parque Nacional, Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas
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Situated in Manuel Antonio, this beach hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Playa Espadilla, Manuel Antonio National Park, and Manuel Antonio Beach. Playa Espadilla ...

4.1/5Very Good! (12 reviews)

"No recycling program and showers didn’t provide a good presure."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 10, 2020

Millenium Manuel Antonio
Hotel Columbus
2 out of 5
Sabana Norte, 100m east of ICE, 2nd floor of Restaurante Hibachi, San Jose
The price is CA $49 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21

Located in Mata Redonda, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Estadio Nacional, Sabana Park, and Costa Rica National Stadium (Estadio Nacional de Costa ...

4.4/5Excellent! (58 reviews)

"Loved the restaurant, and the staff were all very kind and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 15, 2020

Hotel Columbus
Hospedaje Doña Ana
1.5 out of 5
Carretera a Manuel Antonio 150 Metros, De la Escula de Futbol a Mano Derecha, Quepos, Puntarenas
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $38 per night from Apr 15 to Apr 16

Situated near the beach, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Mid World Tour Office and Manuel Antonio National Park. Playa La Macha is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) ...

3.6/5Good! (5 reviews)
Calor insoportable, ruido y sin ventana

"Habitación sin ventana al exterior, solo al espacio común, lo cual no deja privacidad alguna. La temperatura de la habitación es insoportable y no hay aire. Está en plena carretera principal y el ruido del tráfico no cesa ni en la noche. No hay cartel para encontrarlo."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 5, 2020

Hospedaje Doña Ana
Hostel Casa del Parque
2 out of 5
Calle19, entre Avenidas 1 y 3, San Jose, San José
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $29 per night from May 1 to May 2

Located in Carmen, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of National Park and Morazan Park. San Pedro Mall and University of Costa Rica are also within 2 mi ...

2.3/5 (4 reviews)

"It’s a nice place located very central, the staff is amazing but could improve amenities and cleanliness."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 3, 2019

Hostel Casa del Parque
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DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari - San Jose Costa Rica

DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari - San Jose Costa Rica

4 out of 5
Autopista Grl. Canas, Cruce San Antonio, San Antonio Belen Intersection, Ciudad Cariari
The price is CA $109 per night from May 14 to May 15
4.3/5Excellent! (931 reviews)

"Good hotel."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 13, 2021

DoubleTree by Hilton Cariari - San Jose Costa Rica
Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen

Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen

4.5 out of 5
700 meters West from Bridgestone/Firest, San Antonio de Belen, Heredia
The price is CA $174 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
4.5/5Wonderful! (845 reviews)

"This was a grand place to stay. Very elegant and beautiful. Everything about it pleased us. The rooms, the wildlife, the restaurants, the swimming, the staff, the grounds. Majestic is another good word for this property."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 8, 2021

Costa Rica Marriott Hotel Hacienda Belen
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton San Jose-Airport

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton San Jose-Airport

3 out of 5
Hwy 1 Airport Blvd, Alajuela
The price is CA $123 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
4.5/5Wonderful! (954 reviews)

"Always a hassle free, pleasant stay. Wonderful staff."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 14, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton San Jose-Airport
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What Is a Hostel?

If you're in the market for an affordable place to stay in San Jose, one of the 38 hostels here might be a great choice for you. No two hostels look identical, but these dormitory-style accommodations all offer the following:

  • Shared rooms (though many hostels also have private rooms)
  • Low prices
  • A social setting

Hostels are a great way to stay in San Jose for a lower cost, so you can save your budget for going out. You can check out cultural highlights like the museums in this destination, or enjoy the local tours and other activities.

Hostels in San Jose

Ready to book a hostel in town? These options have the highest reviews from our guests and might be a good place to look first:

Fauna Luxury Hostel - Property features include free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a restaurant.

Costa Rica Backpackers - Hostel - Close to public transit, this property is within a 5-minute walk of San Jose Procuradiria Museum Station. You can take advantage of free breakfast and free WiFi, as well as an outdoor pool. Rooms come with showers.

Selina San Jose - Located within a 10-minute walk of National Theater and Gold Museum (Museo de Oro). You can take advantage of free WiFi and a restaurant, as well as tour/ticket assistance. You'll find showers in all rooms.

Hostel del Paseo - Located within a 20-minute walk of Museum of Costa Rican Art and Gold Museum (Museo de Oro). Property features include free WiFi, free parking, and TV in a common area. Rooms come with showers, free toiletries, and hair dryers.

Hostel Casa Colon - Located within a 20-minute walk of Museum of Costa Rican Art and Gold Museum (Museo de Oro). You can take advantage of free WiFi and free parking, as well as a restaurant. Rooms come with free toiletries.

When Is the Best Time to Visit San Jose?

The weather can be a big factor when you want to venture out and explore, so here are some stats about the local climate:

  • The hottest months are typically April and May, while January and February are the coldest months
  • January-March: Daytime temperatures average 83° F and nighttime temperatures average 61° F
  • April-June: 84° F is the daytime average and 64° F is the nighttime average
  • July-September: Daytime averages are around 81° F and nighttime averages are around 63° F
  • October-December: The average temperatures are 80° F during the day and 62° F at night
  • Average rainfall is 72.76 inches in a year

What Can I Do in San Jose?

Depending on how you want to spend your time, you might appreciate these places:

Top Sights
  • National Theater
  • Gold Museum (Museo de Oro)
  • Jade Museum
Natural Features
  • Parque Nacional
  • La Paz Waterfall Gardens
  • Morazan Park
Cultural Attractions
  • National Center of Art and Culture
  • National Museum of Costa Rica
  • Museum of Costa Rican Art

Generally, San Jose is known for its:

  • Museums
  • Bird watching
  • Volcano
  • Cafés
  • Shopping
  • Tours
  • Entertainment
  • Parks

How to Get to San Jose and Around the Area

You can search for flights to the nearest airport in San Jose (SYQ-Tobias Bolanos Intl.), 4.4 mi (7.1 km) away from the city center. An alternative is San Jose (SJO-Juan Santamaria Intl.), located 9.6 mi (15.5 km) away. When you're out and about, you may want to use public transit during your trip. To explore more of the surrounding area, take a train from San Jose Pacific Station, San Jose Procuradiria Museum Station, or San Jose Viquez Square Station.

Frequently asked questions

Should I stay in a hostel in San Jose?
Hostels are a great way to stay for a good value, so you can save your budget for fun things to do. You can check out this destination’s cultural highlights, such as its museums and entertainment venues.
What is a hostel?
These dorm-style accommodations come in many shapes and sizes, but they all have three main qualities in common, including budget prices, a social atmosphere, and shared rooms (though many hostels offer private room options too).
What are the best hostels in San Jose?
Based on reviews from our guests, these San Jose hostels are some of the most popular ones: Selina San Jose - Located within a 5-minute walk of Morazan Park. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, a restaurant, and a bar. You’ll find showers and bed sheets in all rooms. Costa Rica Backpackers - Hostel - Close to public transit, this property is within a 5-minute walk of San Jose Procuradiria Museum Station. You can take advantage of free WiFi and an outdoor pool, as well as a restaurant. Rooms come with showers. Gaudy´s Eco Hotel - Located within a 5-minute walk of Sabana Park. You can take advantage of free breakfast and free WiFi, as well as free parking. Rooms come with towels and bed sheets. Capital Hostel de Ciudad - Located within a 20-minute walk of Costa Rica National Stadium (Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica). Guests can enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a restaurant. You’ll find towels and showers in all rooms. Nativus Art-Hostel - Located within a 5-minute walk of Sabana Park. Property features include free WiFi, tour/ticket assistance, and TV in a common area. Rooms come with towels, showers, and lockers.
How many hostels will I find in San Jose?
If you’re searching for an affordable place to stay in San Jose, one of Expedia’s 34 hostels might be a great choice for you.
When is the best time of year to stay in a hostel in San Jose?
Good weather’s definitely a plus when you’re experiencing new places, so here are some stats about the seasons: The hottest months are usually April and May with an average temp of 73°F, while the coldest months are January and February with an average of 70°F. The snowiest months in San Jose are June, January, February, and March, with each month seeing an average of 36 inches of snowfall.
What is there to see and do in San Jose?
Overall, San Jose is known for its museums, many birds, and cafés. Major attractions include Morazan Park, National Park, and San Pedro Mall. Get out into nature with places like Poas Volcano National Park, Sabana Park, and Ojo de Agua Spa Park. Cultural attractions include National Theater, National Museum of Costa Rica, and Museum of Costa Rican Art.
What's the best way to get to and around San Jose while staying at a hostel?
Keep this information about transit options in San Jose on hand to make the most of your stay: You can fly into the closest airport, which is Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO), 9.6 mi (15.5 km) away. Another option is San Jose (SYQ-Tobias Bolanos Intl.), situated 4.4 mi (7.1 km) away. Once you’ve arrived, you might want to use public transit during your trip. To see more of the area, take a train from San Jose Pacific Station, San Jose Procuradiria Museum Station, or San Jose Viquez Square Station.

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