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You've found the best hostel in San Jose's next hot neighborhood. We're here to help make your Costa Rica adventure the best it can be with brand new orthopedic mattresses, 100% cotton sheets, hypoallergenic pillows and all the rest...

  • Central location, walking distance to the bus stops which can take you all of Costa Rica

  • 24 hours reception with local knowledge

  • Traditional Costa Rican breakfast with eggs, rice & beans, jam, butter, toast, coffee or tea...

  • Free tea and coffee all day long

  • Free luggage storage

  • Free safe deposit boxes

  • Free city maps with all highlights

  • Free night stay for artistic travellers which wants to make an art or performance in the hostel*

  • Affordable tours around the country...

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At Stray Cat Hostel we endeavour to provide you with authentic, creative and engaging travel experiences. We, the staff, recognize ourselves as the travelers' connection to the city. We are here to present you different ways to enjoy San José and Costa Rica, let us share with you the true meaning of pura vida!

We are conveniently located between the bus stations, the largest park in the city, and the downtown cultural attractions. Stray Cat is just outside the noisy hustle and bustle but still close enough to be only a 10 minute walk to the central avenue. Travelers love that within 5 minutes you can walk to most of the long-haul bus stops which can take you across all of Costa Rica.

We have a well-equipped kitchen and cozy common areas where you can enjoy our complimentary breakfast and trade adventure tales. You can also enjoy a good night's rest on our 100% cotton sheets in several different types of rooms including single, double, triple, or quadruple occupancy, and mixed or female only dorms.

Stray Cat is a social hostel, but not a party one. In the common area every guest can see a short mission statement which explains our emphasis on inclusivity:

"For the comfort of all guests we are not able to tolerate any kind of behaviour consisting of religious, sexual, ethnic or any other kind of discrimination."

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We hope you will come co-create a unique experience with us and enjoy being among friendly faces.

We offer a free night stay to artistic travelers who want to make a performance or some art in the hostel. Please let us know if you wish to participate in the Stray Cat experience.

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We are happy to offer all our guests our easy airport service. 

We need your arrival time, name on the reservation and flight number to arrange your airport transfer in advance.

San Jose Airport – Stray Cat Hostel  for 1-4 people car 35 Dollars
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TOP TOURS

BOOK YOUR TOUR WITH US

Irazu Volcano & Thermals Hacienda Orosi

  • Duration: 9 Hours

  • Location: Cartago City, Central Valley

  • Estimated Departure from San José: Between 6:30 A.M – 7:30 A.M

On the top of the volcano you can observe the main craters and on a clear day Pacific Oceans and Caribbean Sea.

 

As we descend to the city of Cartago we will stop at the Virgin of the Angels Basilica that according to religious custom is a peregrination site for many believers.

Surrounded by rainforest and lush vegetation, La Hacienda Orosi has been blessed by mother earth with nascent hypothermal mineral water.

 

 

These rich springs of mineral hypothermal “telluric” waters (non-magmatic or volcanic ), are filtered between the layers of the earth and spring in the middle of the rainforest at more than 65 degrees Celsius.

MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK

 

Duration: 12 hours

Location: Manuel Antonio Central Pacific

Estimated Departure from San José: Between 6:00 A.M. – 7:00 A.M.

 

Manuel Antonio National Park is considered one of the most beautiful parks in Costa Rica. On this tour, you will visit pristine beaches, with coral reefs, bordered by exuberant vegetation and the natural wonders of the tropical rainforest.

PRICE PER PERSONINCLUDES: USD $135

  • TRANSPORTATION

  • BILINGUAL GUIDE (ENGLISH / SPANISH)

  • ENTRANCE FEE TO THE NATIONAL PARK

  • BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

 

This tour will not operate on Mondays or Wednesdays. 

COMBO TOUR POAS

 

Description

Duration: 10 hours

Location: Alajuela, Central Valley Estimated

Departure from San José: Between 06:00 A.M. – 07:00 A.M.

PRICE PER PERSONINCLUDES: USD $149

  • TRANSPORTATION

  • BILINGUAL GUIDE (ENGLISH/SPANISH)

  • ENTRANCE FEE TO DOKA COFFEE TOUR

  • ENTRANCE FEE TO POAS VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK

  • ENTRANCE FEE TO LA PAZ WATERFALL GARDENS

  • BREAKFAST

  • LUNCH

           What to bring

  •  HAT

  • LIGHT JACKET OR SWEATSHIRT

  • WALKING SHOES

  • INSECT REPELLENT

  • BINOCULARS

  • CAMERA

  • RAINCOAT

VOLCAN ARENAL+HOT SPRINGS BALDI

 

  • Description

  • Duration: 13 hours

  • Location: Arenal Area, Northern Region

  • Estimated departure from San José: 7:30 A.M. – 8:30 A.M.

 

 

The Arenal Volcano with Baldi Hot Springs tour is by far a favorite among travelers.This tour offers the auspicious site of the imposing Arenal Volcano and the soothing thermal waters of Baldi Hot Springs. Not to mention the lush vegetation and unforgettable views that make this place one to remember.

 

PRICE PER PERSONINCLUDES: USD $151

  • TRANSPORTATION

  • BILINGUAL GUIDE (ENGLISH/SPANISH)

  • ENTRANCE FEE TO BALDI HOT SPRINGS

  • LUNCH

  • DINNER

  • Duration: 9 Hours

  • Location: Cartago City, Central Valley

  • Estimated Departure from San José: Between 6:30 A.M – 7:30 A.M

PACUARE 1-DAY TRIP 

 

 

Daily departures from San José, the Caribbean Coast and the Arenal Volcano, giving you the choice to start and finish at the place of your convenience. Half way between these locations is our Exploration Center, a private base for our river trips and our Tortuguero Expeditions.

 

 

 

PACUARE RIVER 1-DAY 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the Premier River of Costa Rica

RATE: $99.00 USD
Difficulty: Class III-IV
Distance: 30 kms/18 miles
Number of rapids: 38
Approximate river time: 4 hours
Minimum age: 12 years

2-DAY TORTUGUERO EXPEDITION

$159 per person – Tortuguero Economy (Accommodations in Hostel TortugueroCoconut Hostel B&B, Cabinas Tortuguero or similar)

$174 per person – Tortuguero Standard (Accommodations in, La Casona or similar)

 

DEPARTURE / RETURN LOCATION   San José, Puerto Viejo or Arenal with option to change destination.

DEPARTURE TIME     Pick- Ups in San José and Southern Caribbean Coast. In Arenal Pick-Ups start earlier, approximately  5:20 – 5:40 a.m.

RETURN TIME     Approximately 5:30 pm

 

INCLUDED

1 naturalist Canoe tour

1 tour of town
1 night of lodging
2 breakfasts
Transportation to/from San José, Puerto Viejo or La Fortuna town (hotels outside La Fortuna have extra cost)

NOT INCLUDED

Lunches
Dinner
National Park entrance ($15)
Caribbean Conservation Corporation ($2)
Turtle nesting night tour ($35 from the downtown)

 

HOW TO GET TO THE HOSTEL

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By Bus

There is a local bus TUASA with 600 colones( around 1 dollars fee). It comes to city center then you need to walk 15 minutes from the last stop at the city center, When it is dark it is better to take a taxi at the bus stop it should cost maximum 5-6 dollars from there to the hostel. At late hours it can be tricky to use this option. 

By Taxi

A decent taxi driver would charge 25-30 dollars Max for this ride from the airport

Instructions  to  the  driver in Spanish:

Barrio Mexico De la Antigua Farmacia Calzada 300 mts Sur y 100 metros Sur de Castro s  Bar .  La Escina Avenida 9 y Calle 20. 

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By Our Pick-up Service

We offer all our guests our airport pick-up service. 

 

We need your arrival time,name on the reservation and flight number to arrange your airport transfer in 

advance.

 

San Jose Airport – Stray Cat Hostel  for 1-4 people car 35 Dollars

 

Let us know for any inquiry,  we are happily at your service.

 

Enjoy being in San Jose, Costa Rica with us

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