Tuesday, February 21, 2006


Where to Stay in San Jose

After our wonderful time in Ecuador last year we plan on staying in hostels. As blogged earlier, Karen and I are a bit toward the leading edge of the age bell curve (50 ish), and the average age of a hostel-er is 20 ish, but so far we seem to interface pretty well.

For those who havn't had the pleasure of staying at a backpacker's hostel, they typically are filled with young people from all over the world. More popular hostels can feel like an eternal party. If you don't mind the noise of people returning late at night and talking way too loudly, then you may want to check out the Bed and Breakfast scene.

Hostels can cost as little as $10 per night for a private room. Many people stay in shared dorm style rooms for $5 - $7 per night. Many hostels have shared kitchens and/or a restaurant attached. Some have internet connections which seem to be popular.

We have looked at Costa Rica Backpackers, Tranquilo Backpackers and the Quaker hostel, Casa Ridgeway C 15, Av 6/8, Tel +506 221-8288. As part of our trip is to visit a Quaker school in Monteverde, (more on this later) we will certainly stop in at Casa Ridgeway.

Does anyone have experience with these places? Others to recommend? What would you do if you had just a few days in San Jose CR?

Pura Vida

John Barrie


Just checking in on your blog. Looks good!
travel can be adventuresome ....even if its just down the hall!!
San Jose is nice but other parts of CR are more interesting. You should stay on the Caribe coast, beautiful clear water, great beaches.
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