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?

You can find our comprehensive analysis of all hostel prices in San Juan del Sur here. We've found the average prices of dorms and private rooms, as well as the typical prices of hostels with various amenities, too.



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

Dorm Bed from $12.50
Private Room from $25.00
Overall Rating: 89%
De los pozos de ENACAL, 25 metros al norte Reparto La Talanguera, San Juan Del Sur
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 from $8.00
Private Room from $10.00
Overall Rating: 82%
San Juan del Sur. Rivas , Nicaragua Detras del Centro Cultural Integral, San Juan Del Sur
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.


Dorm Bed from $20.00
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 100%
Calle El Calvano, San Juan Del Sur
You'll love this hostel because of it's good location and quality amenities. It features friendly service and a common room. When it's time to eat, it's also nice because there's a microwave. Wi-fi and security lockers are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.


Dorm Bed from $18.00
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 94%
1 Hush Maderas Road Playa Maderas, San Juan Del Sur
This terrific hostel offers friendly service, a swimming pool, and a bar. The good location and overall vibe also make it very popular. When it's time to eat, it's also nice because there's free breakfast and a restaurant. Towels included and housekeeping are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.


Dorm Bed from $12.97
Private Room from $18.75
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 94%
Realty, house on the left, From Aurora, 1 block no, San Juan Del Sur
This terrific hostel offers friendly service, a bar, and bicycle hire. The good location and overall vibe also make it very popular. When it's time to eat, it's also nice because there's free breakfast, a cafe, and a microwave. Wi-fi, security lockers, luggage storage, parking, towels included, internet access, air conditioning, and housekeeping are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.


Private Room from $8.50
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 94%
Del parque central 2 cuadras al sur, Rivas, San Ju, San Juan Del Sur
You'll love this guesthouse because of it's good location and quality amenities. It features friendly service. Wi-fi, laundry facilities, 24 hour reception, towels included, and internet access are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.


Private Room from $2.50
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 93%
San Juan Del Sur Hospedaje Don Wilfredo San Juan del Sur, San Juan Del Sur
This terrific guesthouse offers friendly service. The good location and overall vibe also make it very popular. Wi-fi, luggage storage, 24 hour reception, towels included, internet access, air conditioning, and housekeeping are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.


Dorm Bed from $10.38
Private Room from $18.75
(Prices vary by season)
Overall Rating: 89%
Av vanderbilt Barrio cafe 40 mts al norte, San Juan Del Sur
Hostal Javier's House sjs is very popular due to the atmosphere, great location, and long list of amenities. It features friendly service and a common room. When it's time to eat, it's also nice because there's self-catering facilities and a microwave. Wi-fi, laundry facilities, security lockers, internet access, air conditioning, and housekeeping are also on the list to make sure your stay is very comfortable.
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