10 Best Hostels In Tamarindo, Costa Rica - Updated 2022

hostels in tamarindo

Well-known for its strong surf, Tamarindo is a surfer’s paradise. It’s also filled with lots of beach-going fun, natural tropical beauty, and colorful marine life making it the epic coastal getaway. Residing on Costa Rica’s turquoise-hued waters of the Pacific coast, this beach side town is the equivalent of the Garden of Eden if that garden were showcased in a tropical venue. This ultimate beach destination is also an absolute gem when it comes to fabulous hostel accommodations. If you’re ready to embrace Tamarindo and its cozy and comfy lodgings, you must read on to see the best hostels in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.

1. La Oveja Tamarindo Hostel & Surf Camp (from USD 30)

Only a seven-minute walk to the beach and boasting a surfing school on the premises, it is easy to see why La Oveja Tamarindo Hostel & Surf Camp is a best seller in Tamarindo. This hip hostel features a sassy, eclectic decor with a lighthearted ambiance. Each spacious dormitory-style room offers cool air conditioning, complimentary WiFi, and handy lockers to stow your stuff. The shared bathroom is orderly and nicely supplied. Private rooms are available if you want to lodge solo. This hostel provides lots of fun activity from live music to a bar with a billiards table.

La Oveja Tamarindo Hostel & Surf Camp

Wifi Available

Address: Calle Guanacaste, frente a Hotel Portofino
Accommodates: 4

Restaurant Bar 24-hour front desk Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Fishing

2. Pura Vida MINI Hostel - Tamarindo Costa Rica (from USD 21)

If you plan to take full advantage of beach combing and surfing then Pura Vida MINI Hostel - Tamarindo Costa Rica is the accommodation for you. Just a two-minute walk to sandy Tamarindo Beach, this lodging provides basic mixed-gender dorms that feature complimentary WiFi, cozy bunk beds, and secure lockers. Bathrooms are shared but tidy and clean. Be aware air conditioning and fans are available in rooms but they only run from 9pm to 9am. If you tire of the beach setting, guests have complimentary access to a refreshing swimming pool with a wonderful swim-up bar that’s only a few minutes away on foot.

Pura Vida MINI Hostel - Tamarindo Costa Rica

Wifi Available

Address: Calle Langosta, 200 Meters North from the Beach, next to ZEN Cafee Restaurant
Accommodates: 6

Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Family rooms Internet services Billiards Table tennis WiFi Available

3. Tamarindo Backpackers (from USD 33)

With its tranquil and tropical setting, it’s understandable why Tamarindo Backpackers is a top pick in Tamarindo. This hostel is nicely located: just a breezy five-minute stroll to Tamarindo Beach and the town’s center. Rooms are basic and offer only a very subtle decor but the beds are soft and you can easily drift off to sleep at the end of a tiring day. The garden area is inviting and is equipped with a handy grill and a splendid outdoor deep-blue swimming pool.

Tamarindo Backpackers

Wifi Available

Address: Tamarindo Backpackers Hostal 100 metros sur de cond. Villa Verde 1
Accommodates: 4

Parking Garden Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry Family rooms Free parking Internet services

4. Tamarindo Hostel & Surf Camp (from USD 25)

Only moments from the beach and the center of town is Tamarindo Hostel & Surf Camp. A modest and eco-friendly accommodation, guests have the option of staying in a dormitory-style room or a sufficient camping area. If you go for the air-conditioned rooms you’ll receive comfy orthopedic mattresses, laundered cotton sheets, a secure private locker, and an efficient mobile charging center. Guests opting for tents are allowed access to every common facility including shared but clean bathrooms. Boasting a balmy setting, this hostel is a must-stay place if you want to reduce your carbon footprint.

TamaHostel & Glamping

Wifi Available

Address: Contiguo Villa verde 1
Accommodates: 5

Parking Pets allowed Bar 24-hour front desk Garden Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry

5. Coral Reef Surf Hostel and Camp (from USD 52)

Simple yet snazzy, Coral Reef Surf Hostel and Camp is a slice of heaven for an adventuresome traveler. Situated in the heart of Tamarindo, this hostel possesses a laid back attitude and guests are welcome to take surfing lessons from expert instructors. A shared kitchen is available and is equipped with a fridge and a microwave. Guests can look forward to fresh complimentary coffee every morning. Fun diversions include a barbecue area, a nicely furnished patio, a TV lounge, and a fun ping pong table. If you need to stock up, two nicely appointed grocery stores are in the neighborhood.

Coral Reef Surf Hostel and Camp

Wifi Available

Address: Playa Tamarindo centro diagonal al BAC San Jose detrás de Longboards BBQ
Accommodates: 4

Parking Restaurant Bar Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Fishing

6. Tsunami Hostel (from USD 72)

Tsunami Hostel is a nice beach hideaway. Though the rooms are only functional, they do have comfortable beds. It’s the activity outside your room that gets the attention. If you want to explore the area there’s free bike service or if you just want to chill the garden has comfy hammocks to lounge in. You can head toward Tamarindo’s beaches - only a two-minute stroll away - and play in the surf. Or check out the El Estero Rrivermouth, a keen spot to do some serious surfing. Charming shops, delicious restaurants, and lively bars are located in Tamarindo’s town center that’s within 10 minutes on foot.

Tsunami Hostel

Wifi Available

Address: 00 metros sur Estación de la Policía Playa Tamarindo Tamarindo, Guanacaste
Accommodates: 4

Parking Pets allowed Room service 24-hour front desk Garden Laundry Family rooms Games room

7. Sunset Hostel Tamarindo (from USD 20)

Sunset Hostel Tamarindo offers an inviting lodging. For travelers wanting to save money by cooking their meals, Sunset Hostel Tamarindo provides a sunny and well-established shared kitchen and there’s a nearby mini supermarket for convenient shopping. If you want to splurge there’s a delectable restaurant just moments away. Guests have access to an energetic bar and a pretty terrace with views. This hostel’s air-conditioned rooms are basic but offer homey touches like candles, paintings, and small floral arrangements. When you’re ready to hit the beach, it’s only one minute’s walking distance.

Nahually Hostel Tamarindo

Wifi Available

Address: Sunset Hostel Tamarindo, Calle del Parque, Provincia de Guanacaste, Tamarindo
Accommodates: 5

Pets allowed Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Laundry Dry cleaning Family rooms Internet services

8. Tamarindo Hostel Resort (from USD 9)

Surrounded by lush green vegetation, Tamarindo Hostel Resort is uniquely attractive when it comes to hostel-lodging appearances. Centrally located, this charming hostel exudes the utmost in tropical vibes. Overlooking the ocean and boasting a beautiful internal courtyard, Tamarindo Hostel Resort provides a choice of shared or private rooms and each unit features either a soothing fan or cool air conditioning. On-site bike hire is available and friendly staff is on hand to help with information on top tourist hot spots and the best sightseeing activities.

Tamarindo Hostel Resort

Address: Tamarindo Centro, en Plaza Conchal N°2, contiguo al Bac San Jose.

9. Casa Aura: Beachfront Premium Hostel (from USD 28)

Surrounded by wonderful tall trees affording lots of shade and only moments from the surf of Tamarindo Beach is Casa Aura: Beachfront Premium Hostel. This comfortable hostel possesses a nice low-key vibe that fits right in with the seaside atmosphere. Rooms are snug and cozy featuring a rustic cabin-like feel that looks clean and crisp. Units have cable TV and a breezy patio area so you can lounge at the end of the day with your favorite drink. There’s a guest house with a ping pong table and the selection of eats at the complimentary breakfast is enough to get you going in the morning.

Casa Aura: Beachfront Premium Hostel

Address: Located right next to "Farmacia Tamarindo" (Tamarindo Farmacy) or 75 meters South of "Best Western Tamarindo".

Fishing Shared lounge/TV area Shared kitchen Laundry Garden Airport shuttle Shuttle service (additional charge) Daily housekeeping

10. Delightful poolside cabin in the heart of Tamarindo

You couldn’t ask for anything better than this studio-style cabin in a lush setting. Near the town center, this cabin offers privacy and a sparkling swimming pool. Other top features include a WiFi connection, a pristine private bathroom, two cushy queen-sized beds, one soft bunk bed, a flat-screen TV with top cable channels, and a tasty breakfast. A convenient market is located in front of the lodging and on the premises you can enjoy live music and a nice bar and lounge area. With a bit of late-night musical performances and a lively bar, this is not the ideal place to stay if you retire early.

Poolside Cabina in Heart of Tamarindo - 6 Person
Tamarindo, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa Rica
46 reviews
Room in hostel 3 Beds 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
this room at the la oveja negra was one of my favorite places i stayed in costa rica
besides that everything was good at our stay (good breakfast too)
breakfast was included and was the best breakfast we had all week along our travels
the pool is delightful and the common/social areas are fantastic
pool bar free breakfast and plenty to do make it the perfect spot to stay in tamarindo
pool is very clean
the room itself was very clean and spacious with a nice view of the pool
clean pool great wifi lots good energy
it offers a community kitchen so you can prepared our own food if you prefer very clean
the staff was very friendly and accommodating
the staff are very nice and helpful
thank you for hosting
really cool social environment and the host is very helpful
the bar at the hostel is very lively and full of friendly people
very cool place and awesome location
great location close to the beach and food is exceptional
close to the beach great food and tons of things to do
great place to stay in the heart of tamarindo
super close to the beach and everything in town
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Tantalizing Tamarindo hostels

When you crave awesome surf breaks and supreme relaxation, Tamarindo is the go-to Central American destination. A world of superb tropical pleasure and comfortable hostel dwellings await when you make this tiny Costa Rican town your choice for a once-in-a-lifetime beach adventure.

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