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You are looking for hostels in Arenal Volcano? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Arenal Volcano hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Arenal Volcano.

All Cities in Arenal Volcano

We list every single hostel in Arenal Volcano and the world. In total, we have 1 cities in Arenal Volcano for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Arenal Volcano hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Arenal Volcano. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica, is an impressive and imposing volcano located in northern Costa Rica. At the foothills is the popular town of La Fortuna, where most travelers opt to rest their head. Waking up to a view of the volcano is very breathtaking, so it is worth getting a Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica hostel. However, there isn't a massive choice for Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica hostels or hostels in La Fortuna. Those on a budget tend to end up slightly further away. Having said that, there are a couple of good options, but it's good to book in advance as spaces are limited.

The Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna areas are great for restaurants, shops, bars, and nightclubs. Everything you need can be found around Arenal Volcano, however Costa Rica is generally expensive and this is a tourist hot spot! Be prepared to pay toward the higher end for accommodation here. Food and drinks also add up very quickly as you're paying a premium to be in such close proximity to the volcano.

Arenal Volcano is a fantastic location for activities and adrenaline junkies, who can engage in activities from rafting and zip lining to canyoning and horseback riding. For those looking for activities and adventure but nothing too crazy, it's a great place to go hiking and walking. There's the Arenal Waterfall, which has a cost to get into; there's five hundred steps on the way down, and the same to get back up again! Hanging Bridges National Park is another good place to visit and get deep into the rainforest with a tour, which will guide you over a series of hanging and stationary bridges and point out the various wildlife and views along the way.

Due to the volcanic activity from Arenal Volcano, the surrounding areas are full of hot springs. There's a river that flows naturally hot and is popular amongst the locals -- and those on a budget -- as it's free! And there's also the resort hot springs, which are more expensive but a lot more fancy -- not so rustic and natural but a nice treat.

Overall visiting Arenal Volcano is amazing and the views are awesome! Look around for accommodation and hostels in Arenal Volcano, but know that as it can be limited, you might end up slightly out of town. La Fortuna is the nearest town, which does have a couple of options!

expert for Arenal Volcano hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Arenal Volcano hostels Shakesley

Travel Tips for Arenal Volcano - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Arenal Volcano. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Arenal Volcano. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Arenal Volcano

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Arenal Volcano?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Arenal Volcano here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Arenal Volcano safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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