Hostels in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

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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

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?

A hostel in Santa Teresa costs on average $41 for a dorm. A hostel in Santa Teresa with private rooms costs on average $151. shows all 17 Hostels in Santa Teresa. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.
Selina Santa Teresa South and Somos are the best rated hostels in Santa Teresa for female solo travellers. compares prices for 17 hostels in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Santa Teresa such as
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This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Santa Teresa.

Somos is the best rated hostel for partying in Santa Teresa.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Santa Teresa

Your Packing List for Santa Teresa

Pack smart, not hard

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:

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

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.
17 Total number of hostels
$41 Average dorm price
$151 Average private room price
$21 Cheapest hostel in Santa Teresa
10 Party hostels in Santa Teresa
Somos is the best rated
Most Santa Teresa hostels are located in
7 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Santa Rosa de Pocosol (13 Km / 8 mi.)
La Fortuna (22 Km / 14 mi.)
El Castillo (35 Km / 21 mi.)
El Castillo de La Fortuna (35 Km / 22 mi.)
La Virgen (38 Km / 24 mi.)
Ujarrás (42 Km / 26 mi.)
San Juanillo (45 Km / 28 mi.)

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!

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