Rancho Tranquilo

Hostel in Playa Jiquilillo

Run by a friendly family, this collection of bungalows and a small dorm on its private stretch of beach is a great budget choice. There's a cool bar and common area, and vegetarian dinners (US$2 to US$4.50) are served family-style. Kayaking in the mangroves and surfing lessons arranged. Check online for information on the area's turtle rescue program.