great party hostels in Central America
Ah… My sweet Central America. First there’s the beach to waste the entire day at or the adventurous activities to maintain your adrenaline with. Then there’s the food – absolutely delicious. And finally, the party hostels to keep you up all night. So when do you sleep? On your flight back home after you’ve entirely fallen in love with the last country you visited and wish you didn’t book that flight at all. But before all that happens, make sure you have some fun at these party hostels in Central America.
Here is the top 5 of great party hostels in Central America:
1. Bigfoot Hostel, Léon, Nicaragua
They are famous for their volcano boarding at Cerro Negro, but with their beach house at the Peñitas beach for some surfing and also not to forget the big parties they throw, they have become the number one in the city of Léon. Not only at the beach hostel of Big Foot, but as well at the main hostel it’s party night every day. Owned by a Brazilian couple, the international party vibe makes us all very happy with events like a flag party, where everyone is covered in body paint and glitters!
2. Pacha Mama, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
The highly popular FundaySunday party on each and every Sunday of the month is one of the main reasons for travelers to travel to San Juan del Sur, since there’s where you’ll find this amazing pool crawl. The Pacha Mama hostel is close to the beach and to the main strip where you can find all the bars to party at night time, but the SundayFunday party is something no traveler should miss! FundaySunday is organized by Pacha Mama and the Naked Tiger.
3. The Lazy Loft, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Every week the Reggae parties at the Lazy Mon are the highlight of the week for the people living in Puerto Viejo and the tourists. Lazy Mon is the party part of Lazy Loft. Don’t expect a good night’s sleep at the Lazy Loft! The nightly parties are held in its downstairs bar, right underneath the dorm rooms. On the other hand, there’s not really any reason to sleep with all this fun you can be having!
4. Zephyr Lodge, Lanquin, Guatemala
Early-to-bed people, stay away! A day and night party lodge in the middle of the jungle valley near Semuc Champey that has amazing food. It has a big party vibe which lets you meet lots of other people and become friends with the staff. You definitely should be prepared for a crazy night.
5. Aqua Lounge Hostel, Bocas del Toro, Panama
At just a stone’s throw away from shore in Bocas del Toro you’ll find the Aqua Lounge, which is incredibly popular for its low budget party nights. Located on the water’s edge with a pool you can jump in from the swing or walk into when you’re too drunk to mind your step. It’s the perfect spot for meeting other travelers and the bar staff in fantastic!
*I’ve stayed at all these hostels in 2014 during my backpacking adventure through Latin America and everything is written based on my own personal opinion. El Salvador, Belize and more of Honduras is still on my bucket list, so I couldn’t name anything from these countries yet in this post. I believe that the previously mentioned places all offer a safe environment with plenty of fun options and the possibility of meeting other travelers. Although I would personally recommend you to try staying with as many local families or small hostels as possible to get to know the true local culture you can definitely also add some of these party hostels to your travels for some diversity!