Best Places for Backpackers in Nicaragua.

Enjoy backpacking around Nicaragua without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Nicaragua.

Things to see and do while backpacking in Nicaragua.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Nicaragua.

If you're already planning to visit Nicaragua - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

Getting onto the island of Ometepe

Upon making the decision to walk over the border from Costa Rica to Nicaragua, there was one place that fellow travelers raved about: Ometepe. The Island is 19 km long with just under 30,000 people. To get to the island there are several means of transportation. The conversion rate is roughly 27 Córdobas per every 1USD. On the way there we chose a Ferry which was 50 cords from the port town of Rivas to Moyogalpa. The ride over is about two hours long with a view of large active volcano, Conception (typically cloud capped) and the smaller dormant volcano, Maderas as you get closer. The amount of backpackers on the Ferry in what was considered the offseason in the month of July was surprising.

Makenna Smutz

Nicaragua : Playa Maderas

Nicaragua : Playa Maderas After travelling for over 24 hours from Australia; three connecting flights and a two hour drive, I finally made it to my destination. I arrived late in the evening and expected to wake up with no concept of time or day preparing myself for the onslaught of jet lag but the moment I stepped out of my room I was greeted with a magnificent view, a crystal clear blue sky shinning over the dense green lush forest. I could just see the waves lapping down by the edge and I felt energised by the gift nature was presenting me, the beauty of Playa Maderas.

Sarah McDonald

Nicaragua: Little and Big Corn Island on a Budget

Big and Little Corn are two Islands off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua; they are unique and quaint places that are very different from the rest of the country. They have a unique Creole culture even more so than that of Bluefields. Their culture is similar to that found in Anglophone Caribbean islands such as Jamaica in many ways, with English being widely spoken. Most people head straight for Little Corn where there are no cars, there is great diving, multiple hostels and hotels and a really relaxed laidback vibe. However, it is definitely worth spending some time in Big Corn to take advantage of near-empty beaches and the amazing food. These two Caribbean gems will truly make your Nicaraguan trip special and show you a different side of the country. Both islands can be more expensive than mainland Nicaragua so it can be hard for the budget conscious traveller.

Tara Constantine

Nicaragua: ¨De a Cachimba¨

Nicaragua ¨De a Cachimba¨ First things first. What is ¨De a cachimba¨? This a Nicaraguan expression to say something is awesome, and as you will read next, my experiences in this beautiful country has been  just that!

Mario Arguello

Top 10 Things to Do in Nicaragua

Hey you! Yes, you. Come here and let me tell you something. Come in close because it’s a secret. Okay. Have you ever heard of a little place called Nicaragua? Yes? No? Maybe you don’t know anything about it and Nicaragua is just a big blank space in your mind. Or maybe you are picturing armed men and violent civil war. Well, it’s time to start letting people know the truth. Although Nicaragua has been a safe place to visit many years, it has been largely passed over for regional darling Costa Rica, right now door. Although, Nicaragua offers many of the same natural attractions and is considerably cheaper, it has only received a fraction of the visitors of its more prosperous neighbor.

Laura Shay

Leon in Nicaragua - where you can go volcano boarding!

Welcome to Leon – a university town located in northern Nicaragua in Central America and the only place in the world where you can go volcano boarding.  Leon has a truly authentic feel to it – it isn’t hugely touristy and unlike other towns in Nicaragua such as Granada ‘gringos’ are left alone and not touted by locals trying to sell you hammocks or other various items!  It is a pretty colonial town with a stunning white cathedral in the central park.  In  Leon it is hot, hot, hot – it is the hottest town in Nicaragua and year round temperatures are just above 30 degrees Celsius with high humidity but thankfully the beach is only 20 minutes away where you can cool down.

Sarah Carson

Nicaragua : Playa Maderas

Nicaragua : Playa Maderas After travelling for over 24 hours from Australia; three connecting flights and a two hour drive, I finally made it to my destination. I arrived late in the evening and expected to wake up with no concept of time or day preparing myself for the onslaught of jet lag but the moment I stepped out of my room I was greeted with a magnificent view, a crystal clear blue sky shinning over the dense green lush forest. I could just see the waves lapping down by the edge and I felt energised by the gift nature was presenting me, the beauty of Playa Maderas.

Sarah McDonald

Nicaragua: Little and Big Corn Island on a Budget

Big and Little Corn are two Islands off the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua; they are unique and quaint places that are very different from the rest of the country. They have a unique Creole culture even more so than that of Bluefields. Their culture is similar to that found in Anglophone Caribbean islands such as Jamaica in many ways, with English being widely spoken. Most people head straight for Little Corn where there are no cars, there is great diving, multiple hostels and hotels and a really relaxed laidback vibe. However, it is definitely worth spending some time in Big Corn to take advantage of near-empty beaches and the amazing food. These two Caribbean gems will truly make your Nicaraguan trip special and show you a different side of the country. Both islands can be more expensive than mainland Nicaragua so it can be hard for the budget conscious traveller.

Tara Constantine

Top 50 hostels in Nicaragua.

There are 50 awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Nicaragua.

New Century Hostel

New Century Hostel

New Century Hostel Granada. We wellcome you to your secong home in granada. We're located 1 and 1/2 block away from Fortaleza La Polvora Musium. We offer accommodation with new beds. Dorms are maximun of 4 guest per room with it's own bathroom, Private rooms with queen bed for 1 or 2 guests. NOTE w

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Finca Musica del Bosque

Finca Musica del Bosque

Finca Musica del Bosque offers rustic and delicious vegetarian meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner in our cafeteria. We also have a selection of drinks and snacks available for purchase. We do have free WiFi at the lodge but we tend to only turn this on for an hour or so each day so guests are fre

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Hotel Casa Generalife

Hotel Casa Generalife

Hotel Casa Generalife is a new concept of Hotel, a place where you can meet, meet new people and have good moments like at home. The Hotel is an old colonial house recently restored in December of 2017, our rooms offer a modern colonial decoration with everything necessary to make you feel at home d

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Blue Hat Hostel

Blue Hat Hostel

We are a fair-sized hostel just a 2-minute walk from the main Cathedral in Leon. Our authentic colonial home features a spacious garden court yard and social space, including a pool table, Netflix and Cable T.V., several hammocks and lounge chairs. We offer private rooms and dorms, laundry services,

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Casa Calala

Casa Calala

Casa Calala is born out of love for the beautiful city Granada and our passion for hospitality. We want you to feel at home and safe while also giving you all the wonderful insides that the city and it's surroundings have to offer. Casa Calala is an old colonial house that was renovated to bring gue

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Casa Perla

Casa Perla

Our place is right on the beach in Las Peñitas. It is close to a number of good surf spots and beautiful ocean views. It is a short, 5 minute walk to the town center, restaurants, and public transit. It is a short drive to the city of Leon and Volcano Boarding. You’ll love our place because of the

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Casa de Gio

Casa de Gio

Casa de Gio is an authentic Nicaraguan accommodation lodge, which is fully open to the travellers and guests that are visiting Ometepe Island. We have a vast experience in the tourist sect as well as a full knowledge about the island. In addition, it is quite easy to visit the whole island by car o

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Buena Onda Backpackers

Buena Onda Backpackers

Buena Onda Backpackers IS NOT A PARTY HOSTEL !!! You will enjoy the view of all the bay of San Juan, in one of the hammocks, from the large roof top terrace. The amazing view creates a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. If you like cooking... enjoy the outside kitchen ! We also like helping our

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Casa del Agua

Casa del Agua

Welcome Casa Del Agua. An historic colonial house, located just off central park in Granada, Nicaragua. Each accommodation is uniquely and individually designed to suit all our guests requirements, (individual, family, triple, single, twin and double rooms,) which are all spacious and ensuite, All

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La Siesta

La Siesta

La Siesta is a cozy and familiar hostal open since 2005 by Boris and Marcela who give a French-Nicaraguan touch to the place. The 7 rooms are all around a flowered and quiet courtyard. We serve delicious breakfast in option (4 choices), including the authentic crêpes, homemade bread and fresh tropic

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Casa Inti

Casa Inti

Casa Inti is a guesthouse located in a big colonial mansion on lush tropical grounds in Managua. It is the perfect place to make your stay in Managua a relaxed happening with a pool on one side of the property and a garden with century old trees on the other side, a true oasis in the city where bir

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Poco a Poco Hostel

Poco a Poco Hostel

Awarded best in Nicaragua & North America 2018! Poco a Poco is one of the best hostels in Leon and you are very welcome here! While building our hostel we tried to create a great social and chilled place for backpackers. Spacious rooms with comfortable mattresses, many places to chill, big

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Surf Hostel Nicaragua - El Transito

Surf Hostel Nicaragua - El Transito

Welcome to SOLID Surf Camp Nicaragua where you can book packages or a-la cart lodging with surf yoga and volunteer options. We have accommodations for every budget (Dorm, A/C Dorm, Private Room or A/C Private Room), activities for everyone (yoga, surf, volunteer, adventure) and waves for every level

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De Boca en Boca

De Boca en Boca

De Boca en Boca is a colorful and cozy hostel located in the beating heart of Granada, next to gorgeous La Merced Church and two blocks away from Central park. In De Boca en Boca you'll find private and shared rooms, with or without bathrooms, all of which include breakfast. We also offer free

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Mano a Mano Eco Hostal

Mano a Mano Eco Hostal

~ UPDATE: Please know Mano a Mano is currently under construction and some inconvenience due to dust or noise might be experienced. We have lowered our rates to reflect this ~ Mano a Mano is an amazing hostel made out of wood in the chill community of Las Peñitas. We capitalize our knowledge of t

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Surfing Turtle Lodge

Surfing Turtle Lodge

Surfing Turtle is a lively, fun and social beachfront hostel located on a beautiful stretch of empty beaches in Isla Los Brasiles, at Northern Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast, Central America. It is a 20 minute drive from the historic city of Leon, a short boat ride and horse cart ride on the island. Als

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Hostal Azul

Hostal Azul

A place full of natural light and good vibes, we are focused on offering a great service to make your time in Granada an amazing stay. Spacious, comfy common areas allow people to relax or mingle and hangout with new friends. We offer delicious breakfast (Included) and yes... it changes every day.

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Island Roots Hostel

Island Roots Hostel

Island Roots is a beautiful hostel located in one of the prettiest and safest areas of Corn Island, a neighbourhood with strong Creole heritage called South End. Here you can enjoy comfortable rooms, a large and lovely garden, as well as spacious and cosy common areas that will make you feel at hom

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Manyaku Hostel

Manyaku Hostel

Manyaku is a small hostel but quite cozy. Being in the heart of Managua puts all the amenities of the city on your doorstep. But we take your comfort seriously too. Manyaku offers something more than a lodging or a stop by the capital, we want that you stay with us and we might share your interests.

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La Urraca Loca

La Urraca Loca

La Urraca Loca offers Wi-Fi, Spanish lessons, tours to the Maderas volcano and Concepcion volcano, activities, purified water, lockers, fans, hammocks, screens ... and a nice garden overlooking the two volcanoes. La Urraca Loca You will feel close to the local people and next to the forest. Fully

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Hostal La Casa de los Abuelos

Hostal La Casa de los Abuelos

Adress: Children Hospital (La Mascota) 1 and half block north As our name indicates, we want our guests to feel like our grandchildren. Hostal La Casa de los Abuelos is located in a central area of Managua allowing sites to be most interesting: 20 minutes from the international airport and 5 mi

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La Bicicleta Hostal

La Bicicleta Hostal

La Bicicleta Hostal is inspired by the deeply rooted Nicaraguan tradition, to offer a warm welcome to every guest and to bridge connections between locals and guests all over the world. Your comfort and relaxation are our priorities. Here you may confirm “the best place to visit, is that which is t

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Il Padrino

Il Padrino

Due to our location, tourist attractions are easily accessible. We are close to the Calzada, a bustling boulevard of pubs and restaurants, only a 5 minute walk from the hotel, situated right beside the town square. The property is run by a family who speaks 5 languages. Guests will feel at home i

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Somar Surf Camp & Lodge

Somar Surf Camp & Lodge

SOMAR is an Eco-lodge who offer an outdoor pool, barbecue & Jacuzzi. This property is situated opposite side to the sea, on the beach Salinas Grandes, 30 minutes drive from the colonial city of Leon. They offer free WiFi throughout the property, and free breakfast are included. SOMAR Surf lodg

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Mimundo Corn Island Hostel

Mimundo Corn Island Hostel

Located in the breeziest corner of the island, and right next to the ocean.The location of our balcony is probably one of the few places in the world where you can watch both, the sunrise and the sunset! And on top of that you are right on the ocean…literally! Mimundo Corn Island Hostel is the fi

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Hola Ola Hostel

Hola Ola Hostel

Hola Ola is a traveler-owned and traveler-inspired hostel located in the idyllic and booming beach town of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. At Hola Ola, we have the simple yet powerful mission of connecting great people with each other, great experiences, San Juan del Sur, and Nicaragua. We’re not simpl

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Hostel Papagayo

Hostel Papagayo

Hostel Papagayo is a nice and chill lodging right in downtown ,running by one super friendly young local family, more than a home stay. Perfect for travelers with small budget, surrounded by atms bars ,bank and restaurant nearby. There is a kitchen available, fast speed internet ,comfortable rooms

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Ruamoko Hostel

Ruamoko Hostel

Ruamoko Hosel is located in Playa Santana also known as Limon Dos in Tola. We are a small intimate hostel that aims to make our home feel like your home for the time you're here. We built Ruamoko from the ground up designed to help travelers easily connect and become life long friends in our small c

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Hostal Fachente

Hostal Fachente

Fachente Hostel is a small Nicaraguan company, operated by young local entrepreneurs with extensive work experience in the tourism sector committed to economic development of our community and the conservation of the environment. We offer a personalized and quality service with very competitive pri

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Gigante Place

Gigante Place

Giant Place Hostel is located in Tola a few steps from the beautiful Pie Gigante beach and was designed to enjoy the tropical charm of the beaches and the nature of the Nicaraguan Pacific littoral. There are many activities that you can do in Playa Pie Gigante such as rappelling, horse riding, fishi

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Maracuya Hostel Managua

Maracuya Hostel Managua

With the success of our Maracuya home from home in San Juan Del Sur we decided to follow the advise and feedback from all our guests and create another oasis for you in Managua. Here is the result, ENJOY guys! Safety- 24 hr security on premise including a neighborhood watch of the surrounding ar

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Hotel Nicaraus

Hotel Nicaraus

Nicaraus Hotel is located on the outskirts of Moyogalpa in a quiet and peaceful area and surrounded by nature within short walk distance to the town and main services such as ATM's, Banks, Rental and tour services. From our pool you can enjoy a nice view for sunset while you have a delicious meal in

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Hostel Oasis Granada

Hostel Oasis Granada

Granada is a MUST visit in Nicaragua. Our hostel is a centrally located "Oasis of Tranquility" with many places to hangout and relax! Ideal to spend few nights in order to discover Granada and its surroundings.  OASIS provides: •Free all-you-can-eat breakfast of pancakes, bananas, oatmeal and m

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Selina Granada

Selina Granada

Granada is a city in western Nicaragua and the capital of the Granada Department. It is Nicaragua's sixth most populous city and one of the historical treasures of the country. It has a rich colonial heritage, seen in its architecture structure and the streets with bright colours; Nobody would mi

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Hotel Camino Real

Hotel Camino Real

Our hotel sits in the middle of exquisite vegetation surrounded by a beautiful tropical environment. We are located 3 minutes away from the airport, just a few miles from Managua's new downtown. We have 117 rooms with air conditioning, cable TV, radio clock with alarm, desk, safe box, ameni

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Encuentros

Encuentros

Encuentros is a beautiful property with a mixed Colonial and modern look. Our property features a large swimming pool, three bars, a rooftop terrace and an outdoor jacuzzi. We capitalize our magnificent facilities and our vast experience in the hospitality sector to offer an excellent service and ex

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Popoyo Surfcamp

Popoyo Surfcamp

Surfcamp in a rural area 5 min by car to the beach points. Rustic and modern style of building. Clean and comfort but not luxury . Simple.Hills view, safe environment. Clean rooms and toilet. Bar Resto open to the public , chill vibes. The Popoyo Surfcamp is a cool point to spend some days in Popoyo

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ViaVia Leon

ViaVia Leon

Welcome to ViaVia León! ViaVia is located in a authentic colonial building with beautiful lush patio gardens. In the front part we welcome you in our cosy bar with its multicultural atmosphere. The hostal area is located in the back where you can easily relax in our hammocks while enjoying a home ma

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Saltwater Hostel

Saltwater Hostel

*Saltwater Hostel is a peaceful escape with chill-out areas. *We are all about relaxing, socializing, and having a great time. *Guests can enjoy the view and beautiful sunsets on the terrace or hammocks while having a cold beer. *We have the ideal location to experience San Juan del Sur. We are c

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Hostal Casa Ivana

Hostal Casa Ivana

All our private room. Currently the first and only Hostel in Léon to offer this facility. All our private rooms have recently re-furbished, private, bathrooms. The windows in every room provide a good amount of natural light and fresh air. The rooms are also equipped with a strong fan, a good b

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Hostal El Momento

Hostal El Momento

Hostal El Momento the best location of all hostels in the city as we are only a few minutes walking to the banks, mini markets, bars and restaurants on The Calzada but with the added bonus of us being in quiet street to get a good nights sleep, the central park is only 1 block away. Included in y

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Hostal Las Vacaciones

Hostal Las Vacaciones

Hostal Las Vacaciones is an amazing place where to spend the best moments with your family, friends and alone as well. It is the ideal place to relax on your vacation. The hostel has gardens, terrace with good view for a cup of coffee, tea or drink in the morning or afternoon is beautiful sunrise or

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Hostel Paradiso

Hostel Paradiso

Have you had a chance to wake up in the middle of nature? We give you the chance! We offer the option of spending the night here, with a price to suit every budget. For our overnight guests we offer triple, double or single rooms with private or shared bathroom, as well as a spacious room wit

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Hospedaje La Penita

Hospedaje La Penita

By visiting Hospedaje La Peñita, you are visiting a true 5th generation Ometepan family hostel. 3 generations contribute to making your stay one you won’t soon forget. Here, you can truly experience the laidback vibe of Nica life amongst the locals. Feel free to explore the island on your own

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El Caite Hostel

El Caite Hostel

Located in the heart of Granada, just one block from the central park and a walking distance from restaurants, bars and the night life of the city, El Caite Hostel is a combination of comfort, relax atmosphere and great budget. It´s the best place to stay to enjoy the Colonial city of Granada, one o

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Lazybones

Lazybones

Welcome to our beautiful hostel. Lazybones is a place to kick back, makes friends and relax amid the stunning natural beauty of Nicaragua. We are social consciousness which means that we take care of our personnel paying them fairly and offering them the social benefits that they are entitled to hav

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Casa Lucía

Casa Lucía

Casa Lucia is a family run b&b that offers guest a unique Nicaraguan experience, above and beyond service and awesome coffee. In a premium location of Managua. We are located in the heart of Managua in front of Los Robles Park conveniently located for restaurants and the main bus stops. We ar

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The Thirsty Turtle Hostel

The Thirsty Turtle Hostel

San Juan del Sur's newest backpackers hostel! The Thirsty Turtle is located two blocks from the beach and a 10 minute walk to town. Our guests are able to experience everything the town has to offer while also being able to escape the noise and relax. - A/C in all rooms - Hot Showers - Pool -

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99 Surf Lodge

99 Surf Lodge

99 Surf Lodge is a moderm, minimalist, beach front retreat, designed to keep you in contact with the ocean without giving up in comfort. Eco friendly, built entirely with local materials, our structure offers a variety of suites designed to make you enjoy every moment of your stay. Each room has a m

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Hostel Life is Good

Hostel Life is Good

Located 15 minutes walking from the port in Moyogalpa or 5 minutes by tuk tuk (we’ll even pay for your first ride when you have a reservation with us). Life is good has both dorms and private rooms, all private rooms have an ensuite. With it’s chilled out vibes, open areas, hammocks and fibre opt

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