Hostels in Tamarindo, Costa Rica

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

 Tamarindo Sunset

Tamarindo, Costa Rica, is a very popular beach destination for tourists located on the northern Pacific shore. The town offers many tours and activities as well as lazy beach days soaking up the warm sun. The town is also quite famous for its surf and surfer culture. Tamarindo is very developed and touristy to the point that in the downtown, you can easily forget that you are in Costa Rica. For an authentic Costa Rican experience, rent a bicycle, car, or motorbike for the day and ride into some of the smaller, less developed towns and soak up some culture.

The hostels in Tamarindo vary from party/resort-style hostels to family-friendly, home-style accommodation. Tamarindo hostels are mainly centrally located and within walking distance to amenities, banks and ATMs, restaurants and bars, the beach and the downtown strip. Due to the high amount of visitors, it is recommended to do some research and book accommodation before arriving.

Tamarindo can be difficult to reach without splurging on an expensive shuttle from a tour company. The roads on the Nicoya peninsula can be very slow (especially in the rainy season) and the buses can be few and far between. Without a car, you may want to spend more money on a shuttle to save time and stress.

Tamarindo, is an ideal destination for those seeking a breathtaking beach, fancy dining, and world-famous Costa Rican wildlife without losing too many of the comforts and luxuries of home in the developed world.

Written by local enthusiast for Tamarindo hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Tamarindo hostels Fro

FAQ about Tamarindo Hostels

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

A hostel in Tamarindo costs on average $25 for a dorm. A hostel in Tamarindo with private rooms costs on average $118. shows all 16 Hostels in Tamarindo. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 16 hostels in Tamarindo, Costa Rica. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Tamarindo such as
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La Oveja Tamarindo Hostel & Surf Camp is the best rated hostel for partying in Tamarindo.

It offers: Bar, Nightclub.

Your Packing List for Tamarindo

Your Packing List for Tamarindo

Pack smart, not hard

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Tamarindo 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

Tamarindo 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 Tamarindo, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
16 Total number of hostels
$25 Average dorm price
$118 Average private room price
$19 Cheapest hostel in Tamarindo
Hostel La Botella de Leche is the cheapest
7 Party hostels in Tamarindo
Most Tamarindo hostels are located in
Tamarindo Beach
7.1 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Playa Grande (4 Km / 2 mi.)
Playa Avellanas (7 Km / 4 mi.)
Rincón (13 Km / 8 mi.)
Playa Potrero (19 Km / 12 mi.)
Marbella (25 Km / 16 mi.)

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