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Backpackers Welcome

By Emiliana García

Vacationing in Guiones beach or Peladas always had its price, and in many ways it still does. However, the new hostels are now expanding the type of tourists that are seen in the community's streets. The majority of them, called "backpackers," look for economical options close to the beach.

They are young adults traveling around the country in search of good surf and a good time.

The word hostel is historically known as a youth shelter or a boarding house, a place where the traveler pays for the night and for a bed in a shared room. But nowadays hostels aren't just for sleeping, as they also permit travelers to get to know others from all over the world, make new friends and have a cultural exchange.

Up until just a few years ago, Nosara only had hotels and rental homes, but hostels have slowly been arriving. Today, there are six options to choose from.

For those who want to be surrounded by nature

Enchanted Forest
It has eight rustic cabins, some of them with wood walls and others with screen. It is the hostel closest to the beach, at just 100 meters (300 feet). Brenda Lee Burnside, known as "Tiger Brenda," is a former professional boxer from the United States and has a ring on the property for boxing classes. She also gives massages and fitness classes, all with discounts for clients. There are bycicles, an ample kitchen and a whole lot of forest. The monkeys practically live in the Enchanted Forest. Prices start at $18 per person. Close to bars and restaurants. Wifi. Guiones Beach. 2682-0621

Hostel Camping Treehouse Gardens
A property with plenty of space to have more than 20 camping tents ($10 per person). They also offer the option of renting a hammock ($10), a bed in the second floor of the rancho ($15) or sleeping in the treehouse ($20), the symbol of the hostel. There is art wherever you look, on the walls, seats, tables and even in the trees. The facilities have dry toilets and the owners always look for ecological alternatives for their property.During the summer, they set up a halfpipe for skateboarding to keep moving even when there aren't waves. They also rent boards and give surf classes. Wifi. Guiones Beach. 2682-1254

For those who like to get to know people

Solo Bueno
The first official hostel of Guiones beach, which opened in early 2005, already has its own reputation and is an obligatory stop for backpackers traveling along the coast of Nicoya Peninsula. The owner, Kimberly, is the person in charge of making sure the stopover in Solo Bueno is exactly that, "Only good." They have 12 beds for $14 each. Camping is also possible for $9. They offer lessons and surf board rental. The dinners organized by Kimberly are famous, and locals normally join in. 400 meters (1,200 feet) from the beach. Wifi. Guiones Beach. 2682-1284

Nosara Beach Hostel
One of the oldest houses in Guiones Beach with 17 years of existence in the zone, it was restored and transformed into Nosara Beach Hostel(Playa Nosara Hostal). Open in November, the former Gonzalez family house has hammocks in its garden and benches scattered around, a ping pong table and soon its own beach volleyball court. The largest hostel up until now, it has 26 beds distributed in 5 rooms. There are bunk beds ($20) and a private room for $50. On rainy days or when you just don't feel like going out, the living room has a giant TV screen, satellite television and Play Station. There's foosball, kayaks and bicycles for rent. 24-hour staff and closed circuit for more security. Wifi. Guiones Beach. 2682-0234

For those who enjoy peace and design

4You Hostal
With details everywhere you look and a Buddha receiving clients, 4you Hostel is the "gem" of the hostels. The owners, a Spanish-Swiss couple, spent a year visiting hostels in countries like Brazil, Argentina, Switzerland and Spain. Along the way, they were inspired to open this modern and super chic hostel. They have 16 beds. A bed in a shared room costs $18 and the semi-private room with two beds is $40. They also have a private luxury bedroom. Solar energy and recycling of gray waters for watering plants. Spacious shed for surf boards. Shared bedroom and shed with electronic lock. Kids older than 7. Wifi. Guiones Beach. 2682-1316

Even though its not 100% a hostel, it does have the option of staying in a room with two beds for $35. There's no shared kitchen, but the inside patio, with tables, chairs and hammocks, offers an excellent option for relaxing and sharing opinions with other travelers. The place is peaceful and it doesn't have wireless internet, ideal for disconnecting from the world. The hostel, whose cabins are made of wood, was designed by its owner, the Italian Mario Gandola, based on the local houses, and the sinks are outside of the bathrooms, like in the Tico restaurants. It sleeps 12 people. Located 300 meters (900 feet) from Peladas beach. 2682-5000



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