Clarita's Beach Hotel
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This trip was my first outside of the U.S. I was so excited and didnt know what to expect. But then again, the adventure was the best part. I arrived in San Jose and took a shuttle to the Hampton Inn hotel, at which there is a small desk where you can buy a ticket to take a bus to the coastal town of Jaco. I waited an hour for the shuttle and was …
One night in Jaco makes a hard man humble... errr or maybe that was Bangkok, anyways, we decided to take the ATV tours and Im glad we did. If you go to Costa Rica, dont miss your chance to see the countryside and oceanside by this means. It was the best part of my trip (besides the free cocktails at the wedding of course!). The tour begins right in …
... a number of buses either marking as school buses or tourist buses.
After traveling for about an hour we saw the turn off (to the left) for the Aerial Tram and Zipline Biological Reserve. The road was again a dirt path, through a small valley that was being clear cut for cattle ranching. An interesting area for a location that was a Biological Reserve, protecting the rain forest. After four kilometers we came to a gated area. The guard did not ...
... steep hill to the hotel. I could not believe how high up it was. It was crazy. But I could tell all the way up it was going to be one of the most unique experiences I have ever had…Villa Caletas. It sort of has an Italian feel to it. The décor is just very unique. They had a room available and since he didn’t have a standard with an ocean view they upgraded us to the villa for the same rate which was cool. The downside is that ...
... humour. Our first stop, about a half hour from the port, is the train. The train ride is in an old diesel train cerca 1960's which clicks & clacks and sways it's way through lush countryside which is very overgrown and humid. Norm marvels that the train stays on the tracks given the amount of movement from side to side. This is their rainy season so much of the ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Free parking
Historical Traveler Reviews Clarita's Beach Hotel Jaco
In my opinion,should be #1
Everything their website says & more.
Perfect location for cool breezes & the sunset.
Management & the staff were the greatest!
I will go back next year.Highly recommend it.
Best Bargain in Jaco
My girlfriend and I intended to spend 2 nights at Clarita's Beach Hotel. We ended up staying 8 nights. Clarita's Hotel and Restaurant/Bar have to be the best bargain in Jaco. For $60 we got a nice size room on the ocean with hot water shower, cold ac, refrigerator, 60 cable tv stations and a room safe. We had a great view of the ocean from our front window and enjoyed spectacular sunsets every night. The surf in front of our room was a challenge each morning. The restaurant, which also sits on the beach, has great food, cheap drinks, excellent service and a fun band on Sundays. It is a great place to just hang out, meet people from around the globe and enjoy the Pacific's Pura Vida. Clarita's is paradise for beach bums who don't want to spend a fortune.
Clean and simple, very simple
We stayed here on our first night in CR. The hotel itself is more of an old motel. There are reasons that there are no pictures of the hotel on the website. The rooms were small, but they were clean and had a fridge. The beds had a sheet, that is it. No covers. The bathrooms were very used, except that it looked like the shower was new with tile. The owners were nice and made sure that everything was ok. You check in at the bar, which I thought was a little strange, but thats where everyone is so no big deal. The A/C worked great!!!!!!!!!!!! I froze with no covers. They also had lots of cable TV. Of the 3 places we stayed on our trip this one had the best A/C and the best cable TV.
As for Jaco in general, I would not go back. The beach is a huge dump with garbage everywhere. The bar seemed to be more of a "ladies of the night" pick up joint for old americans.
On a lighter note, the price was by far the cheapest and it is one block from the Best Western. We walked though the BW and it was an old facility as well. If you must stay in Jaco, don't waste your $$ on the Best Western. Claritas was half the price and an ok clean facility.
We only stayed one night and left in the morning. Our next stop was Manuel Antonio. I reccomend not stopping in Jaco and keep going to MA the first day.
Just back from Clarita"s
Just spent 5 nights at Clarita's and had a great time. The rooms are simple but very clean and in good shape. It's obvious the new owners are putting whatever they make back into the place. The bar and restaurant is almost always open, right on the beach and the food's very good. Plus, the nicest people that you could ask for on staff.
We loved Clarita's!!!
I just spent New Year's at Clarita's and I would LOVE to recommend it to anyone!! As students, traveling and surfing on a budget, Clarita's was affordable, and a far better deal than most other hotels we researched in the area and other parts of Costa Rica. The staff is incredibly helpful, they speak great English and helped us find the best surf spots every day. The hotel is very clean, and everything is in great condition; we also loved the food at Clarita's sportsbar. Refridgerators in the rooms, AC (for only a small extra fee per night!), ceiling fans, fresh linens everyday, lots of space, and 24 hour security: this hotel was great!! Right on the beach, and a 5 minute walk to "the strip" in town where all the night life is... but just far enough away from the noise, Clarita's is in the perfect location. Next time I'm in Jaco, I am definatley staying at Clarita's!! Its fun, friendly, safe, convienent, and expresses Pura Vida to the fullest!
Good place, nice folks
had a great time there, bar is a great place to watch the sun go down. rooms had a funky smell which went away after you turned the fan on. Restraunt/bar has some nice specials and you can watch sports in the bar.
Great Location and Prices, Fun Times
Just spend 6 nights at Clarita's Beach Hotel on the tranquil north end of Jaco's Beach. If you want to find a candy or flower on your pillow at night, Clarita's is not for you - instead try the Marriott Los Suenos for $350 per night and enjoy the beautiful condo crowd.
However, if you want to be on Jaco's Beach in an affordable room (mine cost $60 per night in January) that overlooks the Pacific and has the essentials, i.e., AC, cable, TV, hot water, refrigerator, room safe, then Clarita's is for you. I liked the fact that it is within walking distance of Jaco's main strip but it is also secluded on the beach away from the traffic and noise. It is also convenient to book since Claritas takes reservations and accepts credit cards at claritashotel.com.
Clarita's Restaurant and Bar is also located on the beach. It has a varied breakfast, lunch and dinner menu with both local specialty meals and gringo dishes cooked to order on her barbeque grill. I recommend her seared tuna steak, the mahi mahi and her Kansas City style barbeque ribs. I also enjoyed her $2.00 ceviche appetizer every afternoon while watching a great sunset from my beach lounge chair.
I found Clarita's to be just a really fun place to hang out. The bar and restaurant has lively music, a band on Saturdays, many satellite TV's for the sports junkies and cheap drinks! What else can one ask for? Well, Clarita's staff of beauties is friendly and has that can do attitude. I'm definitely going back for seconds.
I had a great time in Jaco and Clarita's was a major factor. it is affordable and right on the beach with a great view. The staff is excellent and the place is fun. I'd recommend it to anyone.
We didn't know what to expect when we drove in on the first exit north of town but we were very pleasantly surprised. My wife and I shared a nice sized room with a great view of the ocean. The rooms are simple, but more than comfortable and the hot water shower was great. For the price, we were very pleased. The help was very friendly and we enjoyed some very good meals at their restaurant that looks out over the beach. Good music and lots of sports on the tube. It doesn't hurt that the waitresses are very cute and personable. I liked the fact that we were on the north side of town which seemed quite peaceful, yet we were only a short walk from all the action in Jaco. This place gets a thumbs up.
Clarita's is under new management and the owner who is from Phoenix, Az. is in the process of upgrading all the rooms with the ameneties the wife or girlfriend expect to have. The rooms are decent size with fifty cable channels and hot water and AC. The bar in front on the beach has satellite TV for the sports nut and the local chef is excellent and the prices fair. The staff is one of the nicest group you would ever want to meet. They have a twenty-four hour night watchman and it is a five minute walk into town. It is located in the north end of town so it is peaceful at night.