Hostels and Cheap Places to stay in Manzanillo, Costa Rica

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Get to know Manzanillo (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 Manzanillo. To help you make friends with Manzanillo before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Manzanillo is a beautiful, small coastal village on the eastern coast of Costa Rica. It has a laid-back Caribbean vibe, and is not extremely touristy, but still a nice place to check out and spend a few days relaxing on one of the beautiful sandy beaches. There are plenty of activities to keep you entertained for a few days; whether you fancy heading out on a hike, or snorkeling in the ocean, or even attempting some kayaking, there are activities for anyone who loves the outdoors. Visualize yourself relaxing on a Caribbean beach, with a beautiful ocean view and cocktail in your hand -- this is definitely a reality in Manzanillo -- and even better, you won't be competing with the crowds of tourists that tend to invade other towns, villages, and attractions in Costa Rica.

There are a few accommodation options in Costa Rica, and all options are at an affordable price. Accommodation can include guesthouses, simple resorts, and hostels in Manzanillo. All provide a Caribbean, laid-back vibe; sometimes there's even some evening entertainment or parties. Hostels in Manzanillo tend to be the cheapest option for the solo traveler, however if you are traveling with friends or your partner, you maybe able to score a cheaper private room in a guesthouse. Accommodation generally includes linen, breakfast, hot-water showers, and local information. The village is quite small, and walking and cycling around is generally easy and the cheapest way to travel around the village. Some Manzanillo hostels and guesthouses also provide free or cheap bike rentals.

Written by local enthusiast for Manzanillo hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Manzanillo hostels Kelly Sheldrick

Your Packing List for Manzanillo

Your Packing List for Manzanillo

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Manzanillo 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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Other Nearby Cities

Puerto Viejo de Talamanca (11 Km / 7 mi.)
Cahuita (24 Km / 15 mi.)
Isla Colón (50 Km / 31 mi.)
Bocas del Toro (56 Km / 35 mi.)
Isla Solarte (62 Km / 38 mi.)
Isla Bastimentos (68 Km / 42 mi.)
Playa Hermosa (84 Km / 52 mi.)

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