Best Hostels for Backpackers in Central America

by | Oct 8, 2022 | Central America, Destinations, Digital Nomads, Travel Bucket Lists

Central America is a paradise. The tropical region is shrouded with lush jungle, biodiverse landscapes, a white-sanded beach, and spectacular culture. Besides that, Central America is known as a budget-friendly destination. You can easily find cheap deals everywhere, especially for accommodation. Central America, as a popular backpacker destination, has a bunch of affordable and interesting hostels. Staying in hostels is a great way to save money, get in touch with locals, and meet new travel buddies.

These Budget-Friendly Hostels in Central America are Great for Backpackers!

We have compiled the best and most exciting hostels in Central America for your next backpacking trip.

Los Amigos Hostel, Guatemala

Los Amigos Hostel brings authentic Central American culture into its concept. It looks like a simple Guatemalan house from the outside. But as you enter the building, you will be fascinated by the interior. The hostel is decorated with colorful murals, unique ornaments, vibrant wallpapers, and manicured plants. Los Amigos Hostel is located on the island of Flores, Guatemala. It has several standard rooms with clean and comfortable beds. 

Los Amigos Hostel has a vibrant bar and restaurant that scream fiesta every night! The insane bar attracts travelers from around the area. It is a travelers’ hotspot in which you can meet other travelers and have a crazy party together. 

Room types:

  • Deluxe Rooms: Deluxe 3 to 5-Person Room, Deluxe 2 to 4-Person Ensuite, Deluxe Double/Triple AC Ensuite, Deluxe Kingsize AC Ensuite, and Deluxe Double AC Ensuite
  • Dorm Rooms: Eco Garden Dorm, Ensuite Dorm, Budget Double/Triple Room

Price: Starts from Q90 or €11 for dorm rooms and Q110 or €14 for private rooms

Zephyr Lodge, Lanquin, Guatemala

Zephyr Hostel in Nicaragua best hostels in Central America
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Who can afford to miss an infinity pool? No one! Especially if it is affordable! You can stay in Zephyr Hostel, which offers a spectacular infinity pool in Lanquin, Guatemala. The hostel is situated between a verdant jungle and breathtaking hills. Whether you are chilling in the pool or staying in your room, get ready to be mesmerized by the alluring views. Besides that, Zephyr Hostel is also great for a staycation for its gorgeous views and excellent facilities.

Zephyr Lodge is a popular hostel despite its remote location. Its gorgeous landscape and excellent facilities attract people from all around the world. You can meet other travelers and meet new friends as you are staying in this hostel. If that is so, imagine making new friends in an exquisite hostel like Zephyr Lodge. Sounds amazing, right? 

Room types: Dorms, Semi-Private Rooms, Private Rooms, and Deluxe Rooms

Price: Starts from Q110 or €14

Poco a Poco Hostel, Nicaragua

Poco a Poco Hostel is one of the best backpacker hostels in Central America
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Do you know that poco a poco means “little by little” in Spanish? Staying at this laidback and sweet hostel will remind you to take your time and go with small steps. Poco a Poco Hostel is located at the heart of León, the second largest city in Nicaragua. The hostel has a simple, homey architectural style with standard bedrooms and a large common room.

We highly recommend staying in Poco a Poco Hostel if you want to mingle with other travelers and meet new travel buddies. The hostel is equipped with an outdoor garden, common room, kitchen, and barbeque facilities to gather travelers from all over the world.

Room types: Mixed Dormitory Room (consisting of 4-10 bunk beds), Double Room, Family Room, and Quadruple Room

Price: Starts from NIO 774 or €22

Treehouse, Granada, Nicaragua

Dreaming of waking up to a verdant jungle and brilliant sunrise? Then, you should book a room in Treehouse Hostel, Granada! Like its name, Treehouse is an elevated hostel situated in the middle of the Nicaraguan Jungle. You can expect to see howler monkeys hanging on the trees, tropical birds singing, and insects chirping from your room.

Treehouse Hostel has four types of rooms. Treehouse Room is the only room type that allows you to see the jungle from a panoramic view. Meanwhile, the other rooms allow you to stay grounded and get close to nature. Besides a unique camping-like experience, the Treehouse Hostel offers a bunch of facilities and events. You can do yoga, hop on a zipline, go to parties, and grab an awesome cocktail in this lush hostel. 

If you want to stay in Treehouse Hostel, you can book a room directly from their official website. The hostel is currently closed until November 9th, 2022. For further information, you can access their website here

Room types: Jungle Hammock, Bunk Beds, Private Room, Private Treehouse

Price: Starts from NIO 528 or €15

Sandbar Beachfront Hostel, San Pedro, Belize

Sandbar Beachfront Hostel in Central America
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One of the best ways to enjoy Central America is by spending time on its pristine beaches. You might also want to stay somewhere near the beach. Yes, there are lots of seaside hostels in Central America. One of the hostels on the top list is Sandbar Beachfront Hostel in San Pedro, Belize.

Like its name, Sandbar Beachfront Hostel is located on the coastline and overviews the brilliant Carribean Sea. The hostel has seven room types and shared bathrooms. The bedrooms come in a blue-white aesthetic, making them look nice and clean. Sandbar Beachfront Hostel has interesting facilities, such as a plunge pool, water deck, and hammock garden. If you love the beach and looking for an affordable place to stay, Sandbar Beachfront Hostel is a great choice!

Room types:

  • Dorm Rooms: Mixed Dormitory, 4-Person Twin Bunk, 6-Person Twin Bunk
  • Private Rooms: Queen Double, Queen Bunk, Private Triple Room, and 2-Bedroom Apartment

Price: Starts from €15 per night

Hostel Casa Areka, Panama City, Panama

Looking for a cheap and comfortable hostel in a big city? You can check out Hostel Casa Areka in Panama City, Panama. The hostel is a relaxing haven in the middle of the bustling city center. It offers comfortable private rooms, a spacious common room, and a gorgeous pool area.

Hostel Casa Areka is a haven for travelers. The hostel’s affordable prices and great facilities capture travelers’ attention. That’s why Hostel Casa Areka provides icebreaker facilities, like a billiard table and public swimming pool. It is a lovely place to meet other travelers and – even better – make new travel buddies! 

Room types: Mixed Dorms, Girls-only Dorms, Private Rooms, and Deluxe Rooms

Price: Starts from €24 per night

Selina Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama

Selina Viejo in Panama best hostels in Central America
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Looking for a hype place to stay in Panama? You should check out Selina Casco Viejo! The modern hostel is always packed with travelers. It offers both dorm and private rooms with aesthetic industrial interiors. 

Moreover, Selina Casco Viejo also functions as a community hub. You can see travelers gather and pop great parties on the hostel’s public terrace. In that case, you can also mingle with other travelers by joining Selina Casco Viejo’s activities, like yoga classes, movie nights, and parties. 

Then, if you wish to do your work while traveling, Selina Casco Viejo is a great place to stay. The hostel has CoWorking rooms with brilliant internet connections. Are you interested to book a room in Selina Casco Viejo? 

Room types: Shared Rooms (Girls-Only and Mixed Dorms), Private Shared Rooms, Private Plus Rooms, and Private Rooms

Price: Starts from €70 per night

Roatan Backpacker Hostel, Honduras

If you are looking for a cheap place to stay in Honduras, check Roatan Backpacker Hostel out! The hostel is located in Sandy Bay, Roatan, Honduras. Travelers love the hostel for its strategic location, affordable price, and friendly host. The hostel offers dorms and private rooms, along with facilities like a communal kitchen, a parking area, and seaside hammocks. 

Staying in the Roatan Backpacker Hostel is also a great way to save money on transportation, as there are many attractions and restaurants near the hostel.

Room types: Dorm Rooms, Private Apartments, and Private Rooms

Price: Starts from €14.5 per night

Selina Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Selina Manuel Antonio best hostels in Central America
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Are you looking for a sunny and relaxing place to stay? Then, you should check out Selina Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica! Selina Manuel Antonio is a hostel with spacious bedrooms and amazing facilities, such as a swimming pool and yoga deck.  It is located strategically near Manuel Antonio’s natural landmarks, like the Manuel Antonio National Park.

Selina Manuel Antonio is a great place to work, especially if you are a digital nomad. It has a comfortable working space, an exciting atmosphere, and a great WiFi connection. Imagine doing your work from a place as gorgeous as Selina Manuel Antonio. Indeed, sounds amazing!

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Room types: Shared Rooms (Girls-Only and Mixed Dorms), Private Shared Rooms, Private Plus Rooms, and Private Rooms

Price: Starts from €70 per night

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