The Best Hostels in Manuel Antonio and Quepos for Backpackers

The Best Hostels in Manuel Antonio and Quepos for Backpackers
Manuel Antonio National Park and the nearby town of Quepos are among the most frequently visited attractions in Costa Rica. The stunning beaches and surrounding jungle full of monkeys has caught the eye of many travelers as being one of the most beautiful destinations in the country.

Despite this popularity, many accommodation options are higher in price than expected. And the places that are on the cheaper side tend to offer less in the form of amenities or standards of luxury. Thus, finding a great place to stay in the area can be challenging, as some of the nice amenities of hostels in other parts of Costa Rica somehow seem to be missing from the options around Quepos.

The places listed below receive higher ratings on a more consistent basis, but make sure you understand the type of accommodation you're looking for before you commit.
How much do hostels in Quepos cost?
Average Dorm Price $13 ($12 to $13)
Average Double Private Room Price (in a hostel) $30 ($30 to $30)

A social but quiet hostel with a variety of room types

Dorm Bed: $13.00
Overall Rating: 86%
Main Road 50 Meters Before Restaurant Bamboo Jam , Manuel Antonio Costa Rica
The Plinio also has a Bed & Breakfast a few minutes away which offers nicer rooms for those interested in upgrading.

The owners of this hostel have created a terrific atmosphere in this multi-story hacienda-like building with clean amenities. Several courtyard and patio areas surround a refreshing swimming pool, which creates a relaxed yet social environment for guests. One reviewer described it as "like staying in a treehouse."

The on-site restaurant provides free breakfast, too!

Dorms and private rooms are available. A communal kitchen, Wi-Fi, lockers, laundry, and parking round out the amenities.

The location is convenient to Quepos to the north (a few minutes walk up the main road to the town) and the national park to the south. The local bus passes by and makes trips quick and easy in either direction.

A social, party hostel for solo travelers and groups

Dorm Bed: $13.56
Private Room: $13.97
Overall Rating: 66%
Across the Soccer field in Manuel Antonio , Manuel Antonio Costa Rica
Located in the developed Manuel Antonio town area just north of the park entrance, this hostel provides a great social environment around a backpacker and budget traveler friendly resort.

With a large number of dorm beds available (all female dorms are an option), as well as private rooms, there is something for everyone. Rooms and bathrooms are kept clean. The outdoor pool, patio, kitchen, and lounge areas provide a social environment that guests say "is a great place to meet people". The nearby bar also provides ample opportunity for entertainment, as well as the surrounding town and beach.

A cheap hostel, good for backpackers

Dorm Bed: $10.00
Private Room: $19.75
Overall Rating: 91%
Puntarenas , Manuel Antonio Costa Rica
This HI-affiliated hostel has been around for a long time, and receives many great reviews, as well as some mixed reviews, from guests. With large dorm rooms and lots of visitors, this is a very social hostel that has perhaps seen better days. But the location and views can't be beat, nor can the price.

Right in the middle of the town just north of the park entrance, this hostel is steps from the park entrance, the beach, supermarkets, restaurants, and bars.

Wi-Fi, free breakfast, a kitchen, lockers, TVs, and free towels are on the list of amenities.

A relaxed, social and budget friendly hostel

Dorm Bed: $10.00
Private Room: $15.00
Overall Rating: 71%
Main Road to Manuel Antonio National Park , Manuel Antonio Costa Rica
Part of the Pura Vida family of hostels around Costa Rica, this particular location has a lot to offer, and in a great location very close to Quepos town. They claim that the prices of nearby restaurants and bars is much cheaper in Quepos than down close to the park entrance (which is true), but the down side is that guests need to hop on the frequent buses to get down to the park.

The amenities here are great: everything is clean and fairly modern. The community kitchen is full stocked, there are hot showers, lockers, laundry, linens, and more.

The staff is very helpful and can hook you up with tours and activities, including some not offered by other hostels in the area.

And the local wildlife is on display, too! Visitors can see monkeys, iguanas, sloths, toucans, and more around the building.
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