Hostels in Cahuita, Costa Rica

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Get to know Cahuita (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Cahuita. To help you make friends with Cahuita before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Cahuita, Costa Rica, is a small town located on the southern tip of Costa Rica's Caribbean coast. Like most places in the Caribbean, the culture is an amazing mix of Spanish, English, Creole, and African influences. Everything from food, dance, music, and the vibe are all centered around the Caribbean feel and way of life. Cahuita has so much Caribbean soul that you might think you went to Jamaica from all the Bob Marley flags, reggae music, and jerk chicken vendors on the sandy roads. The town is quite small, but due to its proximity to tourist centers like Puerto Viejo and Bocas del Toro, it boast an impressive array of restaurants, bars, and tourist activities including surfing, chocolate tasting and visiting National Parks and sloth sanctuaries.

Although rather small, the town offers all the amenities a traveler may require, such as laundry service, post office, adventure tours, and pharmacy. The ATM dispenses both local currency (Colones) and American dollars. The hostels are all located quite central and within a short walk from the beach, the tourist strip and all the amenities that Cahuita has to offer.

Getting to Cahuita is very simple. Buses run up and down the Caribbean coast from Sixaola (Costa Rica and Panama border town) up to Limon every hour during the day and every two hours during the night. These buses are extremely affordable and rival coach buses in the developed world. Renting a car or inter-city shuttle is also an easy option for those with a higher budget.

Cahuita is a must-visit for anyone who wishes to soak in some Caribbean culture, beautiful beaches, and famous Costa Rican wildlife. You will be saying "Pura Vida" in no time!

Written by local enthusiast for Cahuita hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Cahuita hostels Fro

FAQ about Cahuita Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Cahuita. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Cahuita. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right? shows all 3 Hostels in Cahuita. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 3 hostels in Cahuita, Costa Rica. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Cahuita such as
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Your Packing List for Cahuita

Your Packing List for Cahuita

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Cahuita and Costa Rica.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Cahuita Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Cahuita, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
3 Total number of hostels
$9 Average dorm price
$9 Cheapest hostel in Cahuita
Secret Garden is the cheapest
6 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (13 Km / 8 mi.)
Manzanillo (24 Km / 15 mi.)
Playa Hermosa (60 Km / 37 mi.)
Isla Colón (73 Km / 45 mi.)
Monteverde (78 Km / 48 mi.)
Bocas del Toro (79 Km / 49 mi.)
Siquirres (83 Km / 52 mi.)

Travel Tips for Cahuita - 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 Cahuita. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Cahuita. 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!

Visit the National Park! Be carefull when you leave belongings unattended, because monkeys and racoons will steal it!


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