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Located in central San José, Costa Rica Backpackers offers an outdoor pool, gardens, an international restaurant and a communal kitchen with free tea and coffee. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas.

This functional hostel offers a mix of private rooms and shared dormitories, all with shared bathrooms. Each room has a fan and features views of the gardens.

The hostel’s tour desk can arrange a variety of activities, including rafting and bungee jumping. You can also book trips to a turtle sanctuary, the Arenal Volcano or the La Paz Waterfalls. The property also offers an airport shuttle service, TV room and 24-hour front desk.

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. Parking is available on-site.

We have a Bar & restaurant called BAR PACKERS.

We offer free parking, storage and all day coffee and tea.

All our dorm beds have individual USB port, light, curtains and locker. We can accommodate large groups.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 8.0 for a two-person trip.

Costa Rica Backpackers has been welcoming guests since Jan 25, 2013

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (8.3)

Breakfast Info


Loyal Customers

There are more repeat guests here than most other properties.


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Room Type
1 full bed
2 bunk beds
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Travel Sustainable property
Travel Sustainable property
This property is part of the Travel Sustainable program, which means it’s taken significant steps to make your stay more sustainable.
Property questions and answers
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  • We land at the airport on 25th December 22 and are booked to stay with you at the start and end of our trip. can you recommend safe transportation fro..
    Hello. We offer the shuttle service and the price is $29 for 1 or 2 person, in order to book it you have to send us your flight number and arrival tim..
    Answered on 28 October 2022
  • Hello, do you have a blender? Licquidora?
    Hello yes , we have a well aquipped kitchen
    Answered on 2 January 2022
  • Do you offer luggage storage?
    We have luggage storage , it is a free service as long as you stay the last night of accomodation , otherwise , you will have to pay $5 per day /bag !
    Answered on 4 March 2020
  • Do I need a lock for the lockers?
    Our lockers have no lock, you must bring your own lock! (we sell padlocks)
    Answered on 4 March 2020
  • Do you have good enough WiFi to have a 1 hour zoom call without problem?
    Hello! The hotel has Wi-Fi in most areas and the quality is sufficient for this type of task. We wait for you, cordially Jesus.
    Answered on 17 January 2022
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Area info *
1 Restaurant On Site
  • Restaurant #1
    • Cuisine
      Latin American
    • Open for
    • Ambience
Amenities of Costa Rica Backpackers
Most popular amenities
Airport shuttle
Free WiFi
Non-smoking rooms
Facilities for disabled guests
24-hour front desk
  • Towels/Sheets (extra fee)
  • Toilet
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Sun deck
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Shared kitchen
Room Amenities
  • Socket near the bed
  • Live sports events (broadcast)
  • Live music/Performance
  • Tour or class about local culture
  • Happy hour
  • Walking tours
  • Movie nights
  • Bar crawls
  • Evening entertainment
  • Darts
  • Game room
Media & Technology
  • iPod dock
Food & Drink
  • Fruit
    Additional charge
  • Wine/Champagne
    Additional charge
  • Snack bar
  • Bar
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
  • Lockers
  • Private check-in/out
  • Concierge
  • Baggage storage
  • Tour desk
  • Currency exchange
  • 24-hour front desk
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Indoor play area
  • Board games/Puzzles
Cleaning Services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Ironing service
    Additional charge
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Business Facilities
  • Fax/Photocopying
    Additional charge
  • Business center
    Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key access
  • 24-hour security
  • Safe
  • Shuttle service
    Additional charge
  • Grocery deliveries
    Additional charge
  • Convenience store on site
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Designated smoking area
  • Smoke-free property
  • Wake-up service
  • Car rental
  • Laptop safe
  • Packed lunches
  • Fan
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Airport shuttle
    Additional charge
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Wake-up service/Alarm clock
  • Toilet with grab rails
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Yoga classes
  • Spa lounge/Relaxation area
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
  • Public Bath
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

House rules

Costa Rica Backpackers takes special requests – add in the next step!


From 2:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in


From 1:00 AM to 10:30 AM



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

Age restriction

Check-in is only possible for guests between 18 and 40 years old


Pets are not allowed.

Mastercard Visa UnionPay credit card Cash Costa Rica Backpackers accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), wearing a face mask is mandatory in all indoor common areas.

Please inform Costa Rica Backpackers of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

FAQs about Costa Rica Backpackers

  • Costa Rica Backpackers offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Game room
    • Darts
    • Evening entertainment
    • Happy hour
    • Yoga classes
    • Movie nights
    • Public Bath
    • Live music/Performance
    • Spa lounge/Relaxation area
    • Bar crawls
    • Tour or class about local culture
    • Walking tours
    • Live sports events (broadcast)

  • The prices at Costa Rica Backpackers may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Costa Rica Backpackers is 0.9 miles from the center of San José.

  • Costa Rica Backpackers has 1 restaurant:

    • Restaurant #1

  • Check-in at Costa Rica Backpackers is from 2:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:30 AM.

  • Guests staying at Costa Rica Backpackers can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 5.2).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental