Budget accommodation in Costa Rica

San Jose, photo by Arturo Sotillo

Costa Rica is probably the most visited country in Latin America, which is no mean feat, considering all the other attractions in the area! And since Costa Rica also has one of the highest standards of living in Latin America, you can expect everything to be more expensive than in its poorer neighbors. And yet, Costa Rica is quite an affordable holiday destination compared to countries in Europe, for example, and when it comes to food and accommodation there are lots of ways to save money. Since filling your stomach with cheap and delicious food is a piece of cake in Costa Rica, onlythe problem of accommodation remains: where can you stay if you want to avoid luxury resorts and lodges? Thankfully, budget accommodation in Costa Rica is not rare at all – so here are some suggestions for you.

Molino Rojo Hostel, Paseo Colón y Calle, San Jose

If you are planning on staying in the capital, there are lots of hostels to choose from, but Molino Rojo is one of the newest and most comfortable hostels in the region. Dorm rooms as well as private rooms are available, and for a very reasonable price indeed – about $10 for dorm room beds, and perhaps double the price for private rooms. There is free wi-fi, breakfast in the morning, and a friendly staff that will answer any questions you have about the city.

Hotel Dinastia, Cartago

Cartago, photo by Fred Hsu

Cartago is a pleasant colonial city, and in the past it used to be the capital of Costa Rica. Cartago is smaller and airier than San Jose, more walkable, and although there are fewer attractions to speak of, it is a pleasant place to spend a few days on your way to some other destination. Hotel Dinastia is small and simple, but very clean and comfortable enough, and most importantly it is centrally located.

El Coco, Dominical

Dominical is one of the best beach destinations in Costa Rica, but the waterfalls in the area are also quite famous, and many people travel to Dominical for sports fishing as well. The cheapest hostel in town is also one of the best, and located right on the beach. The amenities are basic, but if you are a backpacker who wants to enjoy attractions rather than luxury accommodation, then this is a great place to spend a few nights.

Maleku Hotel, Alajuela

Alajuela, photo by Antonio Solera

Since Alajuela is located near the Juan Santamaria International Airport, many travelers who come to Costa Rica begin or end their trip here. Alajuela is a small town with few attractions, but if you need to spend the night here then Maleku Hostel is the best option for budget travelers. It is located very close to the airport, and it has a free shuttle service among other amenities. If you take the convenient location and free transport into account, this is one of the best options for budget accommodation in Costa Rica.


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