Affordable and Safe Hostels in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua for Backpackers and Surfers

San Juan del Sur is a port town on the Pacific coast in southwestern Nicaragua and it's a popular tourist destination for backpackers and surfers. What was once a small fishing village has grown into a tourist community that has surfing, fishing, and many affordable hostel and hotel options. There's also a beautiful natural setting and a vibrant nightlife. The coastal road is lined with bars and restaurants and there is plenty in town to enjoy as well.

If you're looking for a reliable, safe, and affordable hostel in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, then the options below are good. Whether you're looking for a party hostel or a quiet retreat there are several good options.
How much do hostels in San Juan del Sur cost?
Average Dorm Price $12 ($7 to $22)
Average Double Private Room Price (in a hostel) $34 ($5 to $95)

A good hostel for solo travellers, backpackers, and couples.

Dorm Bed: $12.50
Private Room: $25.00
Overall Rating: 89%
De los pozos de ENACAL, 25 metros al norte Reparto La Talanguera , San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua
Hola Ola Hostel is a popular hostel in San Juan Del Sur. It's owned by fellow travelers and is simple and affordable option for budget travelers and backpackers. If you're looking for a fun and reliable place to stay then this is a good option. It's also a social place where it's easy to meet other guests. If you're traveling alone it won't be long before you've made a few new friends. The hostel is relatively small with only 28 beds. It's a mellow place to stay and some nights are fun and lively with beach barbecue parties and other nights are more relaxed with movies and a chilled out atmosphere.

The hostel is located about a ten minute walk from the center of town. It's close enough to everything that it's convenient but is set back enough that it's quiet as well. During the evenings there are free shuttles that take guests to and from town if you don't want to make the walk.

Hola Ola Hostel has double private rooms available as well as four and six bed dorms. This hostel offers the perfect combination of a social atmosphere with parties on weekends and a quiet and slightly removed setting.

A good hostel for solo travellers, backpackers, and small groups of friends.

Dorm Bed: $11.00
Private Room: $13.00
Overall Rating: 59%
San Juan del Sur. Rivas , Nicaragua Detras del Centro Cultural Integral , San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua
The Hostel Tadeo San Juan del Sur is another fun and popular place to stay in San Juan del Sur. It's relatively lively on weekends but is quiet during the week. Depending on when you visit, there may be a few activities available for guests. Perhaps the best selling factor for this hostel is the location. It's conveniently located about forty meters from the bay of San Juan del Sur and it's a fun and relaxing place to stay.

There are all kinds of activities that you can enjoy through the hostel. There's a three hour boat tour that lets you see whales, dolphins, and turtles. Diving and fishing is also available as well as surfing trips and trips to more remote beaches.

The hostel has dorm rooms available that sleep up to ten people. The price is very reasonable and the amenities are great.

This is a friendly and fun place to stay that has a great staff and a relaxed atmosphere. It's a great option whether you're traveling alone or as part of a group.

A good hostel for surfers, solo travellers, and backpackers.

Dorm Bed: $12.00
Overall Rating: 88%
20 M East of Central Parc, San Juan del Sur , San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua
If you've come to San Juan del Sur to surf, then Coconut Surf Camp is a great option. They run shuttles from the hostel to a variety of different beaches and they rent surfboards and any other gear you might need. Surfing lessons are also available.

The hostel is located right in the heart of the town. It's still relatively quiet but is close enough to restaurants and bars that you can walk anywhere. It's also just a block from the market and three blocks from the beach.

There are a variety of amenities available for guests. There is an on-site restaurant and a hostel owned surf shop. The staff organize a variety of amenities for guests including barbecues, fishing trips, and more.

A quiet and relaxing bed and breakfast for budget travellers.

Barrio Frente Sur, de casa Dragon 50 metros a mano izquierda, San Juan Del Sur , San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua
Buena Onda Backpackers is a small and comfortable place to stay in San Juan del Sur. There are two double rooms with private bathrooms that have ocean views. One of the double rooms even has its own terrace. There's a twin room with two single beds and an ocean view. There's also a separate cabin that has a king sized bed.

This is technically more of a bed and breakfast than a hostel but it's still an affordable option for budget travelers. It's located on a hill about a five minute walk from the middle of town and is also a five minute walk from the beach. This is a safe and friendly neighborhood and you can feel comfortable walking around any time of the day.

This is a relaxing place to stay with hammocks and a large roof top terrace. The view is amazing and the atmosphere is peaceful and relaxing. There's also an outdoor kitchen where you can enjoy preparing your own meals.

If you're looking for a peaceful and relaxing place to hang out, then this is the place.
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