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Guesthouses and B&Bs
La Oveja Negra Hostel
The hippest hostel in town has an international crowd. You'll like the super clean, tiled rooms; the funky art on the walls; and the groovy multihued sofa and open kitchen in the common areas. The only demerit: private rooms share baths...
Las Avellanas Villas
San José Pinilla
Stunningly designed, these four casitas have polished concrete floors, a bedroom and living area linked by wooden bridges, open-air showers, and large windows looking out onto front and back terraces...
A quiet and relaxed inn with small, basic, but immaculate tiled rooms in a shady longhouse. It’s on a quiet side road, with a swimming pool, communal kitchen, barbecue grills and pleasant garden.
Ocotal Beach Resort
This beachside resort on the bay has a relaxed vibe and it is a great choice for divers and sport-fishers. There are several swimming pools, tennis courts, and a notable Mediterranean-fusion restaurant whose chef was trained at the Cordon Bleu...
Hotel Playa Negra
This sweet compound of thatched circular bungalows, slung with front porch hammocks, is steps from a world-class reef break. Each cabin has a queen-sized bed, two single beds, and a bathroom with roomy hot-water showers...
Hotel Coco Palms
This popular low-key resort hotel has a variety of rooms including some apartments with kitchens. The hallways are light and airy with high ceilings, and double rooms are a fantastic deal with pastel accent wall and tasteful but fun bathroom tile...
Cafe Playa Negra
These stylish, minimalist digs, upstairs from the cafe, have polished concrete floors and elevated beds dressed with colorful bedspreads...
Playa Grande Surf Camp Hostel
This great budget option has three thatched, A-frame cabinas with private, hammock-strung porches, just steps from the beach. There’s also a dorm, surf lessons and board rentals.
Set right behind a surf shop, this immaculate and intimate hostel has two dorm rooms downstairs with air-con, new tile floors and kitchenette, and two identical private rooms upstairs that sleep up to four.
Although it’s only 200m from the beach, this German-run establishment is an oasis of serenity in an otherwise frenzied town – it’s also one of the best deals around...
This well-established Tamarindo landmark is known for its popular live-music nights at the bar-restaurant, though it’s also a great place to stay...
Playa Grande Inn
This old standby has recently had a good scrubbing. In fact, she was exfoliated down to her handsome hardwood bones. Clean rooms are basic and only slightly rickety...
Pura Vida Hostel
Yes, the entryway does feel a bit prison blocky, what with all the razor wire, but inside the leafy compound are dorms and private rooms accented by hand-painted flourishes and mirrored mosaics...
This intimate eight-room beachfront hotel offers loft beds, ocean views and big-screen TVs with DVD player. The terracotta–tiled floors lead to shaded terraces on the beach.
The nine rooms at this bougainvillea- and palm-dappled lodge are quite nice and spacious with dimpled ceramic tile floors, queen beds, slanted beamed ceilings and unique design touches such as swerving wood desks.
Hotel Rip Jack Inn
This comfy, convivial inn has a handful of clean, modern, artfully painted rooms, lovely floor lamps, and doublewide macramé hammocks on the front porch...
This canary-yellow, three-story colonial-style building surrounds a courtyard with a lovely swimming pool. Apartments are outfitted with engraved headboards, wooden wardrobes, full kitchens, flat-screen TV, and private balcony or patio...
Hotel Arco Iris
A cluster of garden bungalows and deluxe rooms makes up this wonderfully reclusive boutique hotel. Richard, the new US owner, has completely remodeled and transformed the property...
Nestled in the semi-gated Palm Beach Gardens barrio , this lovely, intimate inn has a glittering pool, spacious rooms with stylish pastel paint jobs, gorgeous bathroom tile and private patios...
Cabinas Las Olas
San José Pinilla
On the road from San José de Pinilla into Avellanas, this pleasant hotel is set on spacious grounds only 200m from the beach. Ten airy, individual bungalows have shiny woodwork, stone detailing, hot-water showers and private decks...
Hotel Sugar Beach
Luxury at the Hotel Sugar Beach is simple and understated. The 22 lovely rooms are entered via elaborately hand-carved wooden doors. Deluxe rooms are slightly larger and have stunning ocean views...
Los Almendros De Ocotal
Perched on the hillside just above Playa Ocotal, these studios and apartments are a great deal for self-caterers. Studios sleep two, apartments sleep four and villas sleep six. Some units have a private pool and terrace.