Casa Yoses in San José, Costa Rica

Casa Yoses is THE place for backpackers in San José, Costa Rica, with all the services you need for a price you can afford.  The whole cool, colonial building is very spacious with large rooms and a lot of common space for socializing.

All staff members speak perfect English and Spanish and are super friendly and helpful.  The location is great as well- within walking distance to downtown but away from the noise and hustle.  With a well-equipped shared kitchen and a large grocery store only two blocks away (this place is like Safeway!) you can cook all your meals onsite.  You won’t need to cook breakfast though because a tasty one is included in the price of your room!

Beautiful murals throughout the hostel

Casa Yoses showcases some great art, including some cool murals and groovy lamps.  Outside you will find hammocks and a spot to barbeque.  Inside hosts a large TV room, computer room with four machines connected to the internet, and a game room with a nice pool and foosball tables.

Casa Yoses has a great vibe and we don’t come across many backpacking hangouts as nice as this one.  You will not feel like you are “roughing it”, that’s for sure, and you will probably end up staying even longer than planned!


Free computers with internet

WiFi throughout hostel

TV room

Book exchange

Game room with pool and foosball tables

Security lockers

24-hour reception

Shared kitchen

Parking lot

Luggage storage

Tour information

Connections with local Spanish schools

Volunteer opportunities available

Address: Avenida 8, Calle 41, San José, Costa Rica

Phone: (00506) 2234 54 86




Dormitory: $13

Single private: $19

Double private: $32

Double private suite: $38

Triple private: $48

Triple private suite: $57

Quadruple private: $64

Quadruple private suite: $76


This post was sponsored by Casa Yoses.

Brigitte Cabinas in Cahuita, Costa Rica

Brigitte Cabinas is a quiet and relaxing spot on the shores of the Caribbean in Cahuita, Costa Rica.  With surfing lessons, horseback riding, jungle tours, and other activities, the friendly owner Brigitte will be sure to find something that fits your fancy.  The cabins are colorful and cozy with ocean-life murals and a sea breeze flowing through the windows.  Each room has a fan and mosquito netting.  The speedy WiFi covers the entire grounds.  An on-site restaurant serves a full spread of classic breakfast options along with local favorites.

Restaurant serving breakfast

The beautiful, not-very-crowded Playa Negra is right across the street, and the town center is only a 15-minute walk away.  Nearby restaurants and tour agencies mean you don’t have to wander far for anything.  If you arrive by bus, call and Brigitte will send a free taxi to pick you up at the terminal.  The hotel takes all major credit cards along with US dollars and Costa Rican Colones.

The best part about Brigitte Cabinas are the stables at the back of the facility with a small herd of friendly horses ready to show you around the area.  On offer are a variety of horseback adventures, ranging in duration from an hour to all day.  On horseback is a great way to check out the amazing jungle and nearby beaches.





Tourist information

Restaurant serving breakfast

Book exchange


Horseback riding

Surfboards for rent and surfing lessons

Bicycles for rent

Address:  Playa Negra, 300 m. West from the plaza, 50 m. South

Phone:  (+506) 2755 00 53



Prices (without breakfast/with breakfast):

Single room with shared bathroom ($15/$20)

1-person cabin ($35/$40)

2-person cabin ($40/$50)

3-person cabin with kitchen ($50/$60)

This post was sponsored by Brigitte Cabinas.