19 Hostels in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. You can choose from 19 Santa Teresa hostels. In total, there are 32 cheap places to stay in Santa Teresa such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $15 for a dorm.

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Santa Teresa 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 Santa Teresa, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.

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Cheapest hostel in Santa Teresa


(Selina Santa Teresa is the cheapest)

Party hostels in Santa Teresa


(Slow Monkey Hostel is the best rated)

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Hostels in Santa Teresa for all Traveller Types

Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.

Best Hostels in Santa Teresa for Solo Travellers

Travelling on your own to Santa Teresa? Fabulous!

Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Santa Teresa alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Santa Teresa. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.

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

Guess what? Santa Teresa is also named and spelled Playa Santa Teresa - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, is located on the southern tip of the Nicoya peninsula on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The town was founded by and for surfers; a true paradise for wave riders, the town revolves around the sport. It is very common for Santa Teresa to be a ghost town by 9 p.m. due to eager riders preparing for the next day on the surf. On the other end, the town is bustling early in the morning with little eateries ready to serve breakfast and coffee before the tide kicks up. Cabo Blanco National Park is only located a short distance away and offers lovely day hikes to see and hear the flora and fauna of Costa Rica.

Santa Teresa is a small town that revolves around surfing but does offer a few amenities and services more common to all. A few restaurants and one bar offer some nightly entertainment while one ATM dispenses both colones and American dollars. For the home cook, a small grocery store provides grocery necessities. The bus schedule can be infrequent and the ride to or from the major cities is long and will take most of the day. All Santa Teresa hostels are located on the beach and cater to surfers.

Santa Teresa is a small beach town that offers a lot to surfers and not much to those who don't surf. Lessons and board rentals are easy to come by, making it a great place for professionals and beginners alike.

Written by local enthusiast for Santa Teresa hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Santa Teresa hostels Fro

Other Nearby Cities
Santa Rosa de Pocosol Santa Rosa de Pocosol (13 Km / 8 mi.)
La Fortuna La Fortuna (22 Km / 14 mi.)
El Castillo El Castillo (35 Km / 21 mi.)
El Castillo de La Fortuna El Castillo de La Fortuna (35 Km / 22 mi.)
La Virgen La Virgen (38 Km / 24 mi.)
San Juanillo San Juanillo (45 Km / 28 mi.)
Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui (50 Km / 31 mi.)

FAQ about Santa Teresa Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Santa Teresa. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Santa Teresa. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

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FAQ about Santa Teresa Hostels

A hostel in Santa Teresa costs on average $21 for a dorm. A hostel in Santa Teresa with private rooms costs on average $158.

Hostelz.com shows all 19 Hostels in Santa Teresa. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.

Zeneidas Surf Garden is the best hostel in Santa Teresa for families.

Somos and Surf & Yoga Lodge Santa Teresa are the best rated hostels in Santa Teresa for female solo travellers.

Hostelz.com compares prices for 19 hostels in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Santa Teresa such as

  • 5 hotels
  • 4 guesthouses
  • 4 apartments

This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Santa Teresa.

Slow Monkey Hostel is the best rated hostel for partying in Santa Teresa.
It offers: Bar.

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

I had the time of my life there -- I loved it so much I am moving there!


I love this place! Everything is really beautiful in there, most of the people are very gentle, you make friends easily, and the waves are pretty good for surfing! If you haven't been there, you must go as soon as you can!


I looked at the beach and said, wow, what a nice beach. And then I looked at the topless girls running across it.


I love Santa Teresa -- very nice spot for surfing and to party too. The beach is huge and very beautiful. We had really a good time.


Great place, but if you don't surf, not much point of going there. Kinda expensive, besides surf beaches are quite dirty. Great spot, but will never go back.


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Your Packing List for Santa Teresa

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Santa Teresa 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:

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

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.

Get your full Packing List here

Your Packing List for Santa Teresa