Im going to be travelling around Central America from March 2006 for several months and im wondering if anyone can recommend any hostels or cheap hotels worth staying in.
I would put a list up of all the places im visiting but i would be here all night, so if you could recommend any in Central America it would be fantastic.
Reece, sorry it has taken me so long to answer, but here is a list of places where I stayed
San Juan Del Sur – Casa D’oro
Nice hostel with a great outdoors patio and a fully equipped kitchen you can use (this is a big plus as hostels in Central America usually don`t have these facilities)
The hostel also offers day trips and tours around the area.
The dorm was huge and noisy and toilets/showers weren’t close to the room, but if you get a chance to stay in a smaller rooms with ensuite it should be ok.
Isla Ometepe – Hacienda Merida
It’s kind of hard for me to recommend this hostel after having met the owner who was an idiot and kicked other backpackers out.
I presume if he isn’t there (most of the time, we just were unlucky…) the Hacienda is a beautiful place to stay for a couple of nights.
You can either chill out in hammocks on their patio (yes,I do like patios, especially in summer ), go for a swim in the lake or rent bikes/kayak for the whole time of your stay.
The hostel’s employees are friendly and the buffet dinner for 3,75 $ is a nice change to rice and beens. Of course the views of both volcanos are great.
In Granada you have three hostel options which seemed to be pretty similar.
If I’ll ever get a chance to return I would probably stay at Hostal Central, which is the cheapest of the three and has it’s own restaurant and a nice, relaxed atmosphere.
I also liked that all guests could paint a bit of the hostel’s wall which gave a personal touch to it.
I had dinner at the Bearded Monkey hostel which was ok., but nothing special. The hostel has it’s own bar and bathrooms seemed clean.
Finally Hostel Oasis, is probably the best choice if you’re looking for clean, small dorms, unlimited free internet and a tiny swimming pool in the hostel. Additionaly they offer daily 10 min. free phonecalls to anywhere in the world and free movie screenings in the evenings.
For all this you obviously have to pay a bit more than in the other two hostels, and I didn’t particularily like the atmosphere.
That’s a tough one, as there nearly aren’t any backpacker’s hostels. We stayed in cheap hostales/hotels, were it’s hard to meet any other foreigners.
In Panamá City again you have three options in the city centre close to each other. I´ve heart there’s another hostel in the old part of the city, but apparently it’s a little unsafe there at night.
The hostels I would recommend you are either Mama Llena or Zuly’s Backpacker. Both are brand new (not even listed in LP yet) and smaller and people are a lot friendlier (!) than at Voyager hostel.
Bocas del Toro
Bocas del Toro has a huge choice of different types of accomodation and I stayed at Mondu Taitu hostel. Again they have a well- equipped kitchen to use and you easily meet other travellers at the bar, but dorms are noisy and I have stayed in much cleaner places.
If you’re looking for a good night’s sleep you’re better off staying somewhere else.
Hope this helps for a start and I’m sure you will have a great time in Central America .
No problem and thanks for your help Steff.
At the moment my plans are:
Cuernavaca,Cholula,Puebla,Oaxaca,San Cristobal de las Casas,
Corozal,Belize City,Placencia,Puerto Gorda
Puerto Barrios,Coban,Guatemala City,Antigua,Panajachel,
Copan Ruinas,San Pedro Sula,Siguatepeque,Tegucigalpa,Choluteca
Guasaule,Leon,Masaya,Granada,San Juan del Sur,Penas Blancas
Liberia,Playa Tamarindo,Puntarenas,San Jose,La Fortuna,San Jose,
Heredia,Alajuela,San Gerardo de Rivas,Cahuita
Isla Colon,David,Boquete,Panama City
Any other recommendations for these places would be great.Thanks