There are loads of great hostels in San Juan Del Sur, but our favourite has to be PachaMama ($8 per night). There are hammocks and rocking chairs on the porch, a communal kitchen and great banter between staff and guests.

Pacha Mama hostel, San Juan Del Sur

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When you’re not playing table-tennis, you can chill out with a movie or hang out in the back yard. Best of all? It’s just around the corner from the local beach and there are daily shuttles to Playa Hermosa ($10) and Playa Maderas ($5).

Pacha Mamas hostel - staff and guests

Casa Oro ($8.5 per night) is another favourite with backpackers.There’s a TV area in reception showing short videos of surfers, regular barbecues, daily shuttles to the beach and cheap surf lessons.

Hostel Esperanza, just round the corner from PachaMama, is the chepaest option at $7. The dorms are spacious (although very bright in the morning!) and the backyard has a tropical feel, with hammocks, benches and colourful plants.

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