We stayed at the hostel Cabinas Tropicales while we were in Puerto Jimenez and were very happy there. Scroll through the photos to take a look at some of it.
Mark, the owner, has lived in Puerto Jimenez for 20+ years so he is a wealth of information about the area. He can set you up with tours, fishing trips, or help you with whatever you want to do in the area. He’s from the US so there is no language barrier either.
We liked the big open area in the center of the hostel, all the beautiful plants and flowers, and the birds that came to the bird feeders. There is a comfortable kitchen area, tables, a sofa, hammocks, and a variety of books and notices about the area, the wildlife, and things to do in the area. The rooms aren’t huge but big enough, and clean and comfortable with adequate storage shelves, something you don’t always find in a hostel. We had an outdoor shower which I thought was really fun! Not all the rooms have that but we got lucky.
I like hostels because you can meet other travelers. We talked with a couple from Spain, another from Germany, a mother and daughter from Canada, and some guys from Alaska there during our stay. The Alaska guys said there was a 100 degree difference between there and CR, and they were sweating a bit! Everyone but us had come from a cold place and were really enjoying the tropical getaway.
This hostel is also affordable and close to everything you need. Main street and the stores are only a short walk away. (The town is small so everything is only a short walk away if you stay in town.) But, it is nice to be able to cook which is less expensive than eating out all the time. We have definitely found our home away from home when we go to Puerto Jimenez.