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Costa Rica Backpackers

Avenida 6 calle 21 y 25


First backpackers hostel in Costa Rica. We are independent and locally run, and as such you will get the personal touch not found in big chain hostels. We opened our doors in 2001, and have been the number one meeting spot in the San Jose ever since. A real slice of paradise in the heart of San Jose. Meet travelers from all over the world. We are located in Downtown San Jose near bus terminals and nightlife's activities.

ALL FREE Breakfast, Backpack-sized lockers with power points, wifi, bed linens & towels, Storage of luggage ,5 computers with internet, coffee-tea, parking.

AMENITIES - swimming pool & garden, comfortable lounge, Kitchen facilities, tour desk, tv room, Bar & Restaurant, laundry service, hot showers, cable tv, hammocks.

LOCATION - Downtown near BARRIO ESCALANTE nightlife's activities and BARRIO LA CALIFORNIA (restaurants, bars). National museum and banks nearby, supermarkets only 5mn walk.

COMFORTABLE DORM ROOMS - With privacy pods, bed light and power outlet. Capacity of 4, 6 or 8 beds with orthopedic matresses. We provide male, female and mixed dormitories (with sheets, blankets, pillow and lockers).


  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • ATM
  • Bar
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Included
  • Cable TV
  • Cafe
  • Ceiling fan
  • Common Room
  • Currency Exchange
  • Elevator
  • Fax Service
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Games Room
  • Hot Showers
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals available
  • Meeting Room
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Parking
  • PlayStation
  • Restaurant
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Towels Included
  • Washing machine



Traveler Reviews

“Pretty bad experience”

Rating: 2 Reviewed on June 21, 2020

Very poor conditions. Be careful with the initial deal, they might try to charge you extra for air conditioning after you already book. Noisy place, lot of manager’s friends coming at night to smoke...

“Oasis in Sterile San Jose”

Rating: 4 Reviewed on February 23, 2020

A bit of a hoof from the Alajuela stop & main bus station, though handier if connecting with Cartago/Irazu/Orosi. Been in worse than SJ, but it's a bland concrete overpriced sprawl. Whoever named...

“Ok hostel at a good price”

Rating: 3 Reviewed on February 12, 2020

I had a good time here, but my room was right next to the pool, so people were hanging out outside the door talking. Not all the time, but quite often at night. You can buy food here, but I found...


Costa Rica Backpackers is located near bars and restaurants of the lively La California district. The National Museum is a 5-minute walk away, while Plaza de la Cultura is a 15-minute walk away. Free parking is available on-site.


Prepayment policies vary according to room type. Please check the room conditions when selecting your room above.