Hotel RipJack Inn

Surf Beach, Playa Grande, Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica | 3 star hotel
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85-86: Tay Tay's snorkel test

A travel blog entry by blondesontour


... I'd forgotten how nice it was to sleep to the rain and with a tin roof it's even nicer. Yay for rain! Day 86: I really waste potential hangover days off because I'm rarely hungover on my days off, like today. But today was at least productive. I got up and Tabby and I went for a much needed pedicure. After all of the salt water, heat and dust my feet definitely need a treat. After the pedicure Tabby and I ran a couple of errands in the boiling heat. Usually it's hot here but ...

26-27: 40m, The last deep dive!

A travel blog entry by blondesontour


... for the festival but we didn't end up going. So I ended up not going out even though its my day off tomorrow, at least I'm saving money! Day 27: After a busy week today is my day off. I did the standard couple of chores and then spent the day lazing by the pool. I literally didn't have anything exciting happen today except when I was emailing by the pool and managed to drop my phone in it. I immediately rolled straight into the pool after it and managed to grab it out fairly quickly. ...

Crocs and Rain

A travel blog entry by kirklmiller


Today I woke up again refreshed from one of the most peaceful nights of sleep ever. My plan had been to take my bike ride over to yoga, but after last night I was so completely relaxed there was no way I was getting up at 7am, so I woke up naturally around 9am. I seem to be getting more and more tired from the active week, but it is a good tired, not a mental tired.

I looked forward to my morning walk ...

Surfing 101

A travel blog entry by kirklmiller


... 2-3 good waves. It's easy to see why surfers are willing to move their lives to wherever the great waves are, as catching your first real ride is enough to get you hooked. I can see myself buying a stand up paddleboard when I get home to Austin. I'm addicted.

Once back from surfing, I am completely spent and take another peaceful nap at 3 in the afternoon, which is completely normal here.

Sharr has told me about ...

Monkey business....

A travel blog entry by josiejojo


... tell you this...spewin....

The next day we were picked up at 7:30, and drove to the Cano Negro, on the way the driver spotted a sloth in the trees from the road - god knows how he saw it! But we pulled over and it was a family of Sloth's complete with a baby!! Once we got to Ca no Negro we boarded our boat. I was feeling exhausted, and I am afraid to say I slept most of the tour....I know this sounds bad, but in my defense I had seen all the ...

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    Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel RipJack Inn Playa Grande

    Great Place and Great People


    My wife and I stumbled across the Rip Jack and honestly based our decision to stay there solely on the website - which was one of the nicer ones we saw for Costa Rican lodging. We did not know what to expect, but were booked there for a week so we were hoping for the best.

    The Rip Jack is Great!


    Last month I went to Costa Rica by myself. I spent a week at the Rip Jack Inn. It was a fabulous experience! Everyone there is very helpful and accomodating.

    The rooms are basic, but very clean. I did not see a bug in my room one time.

    The restaurant is amazing. I ate almost every meal there. I had friends staying in Tamarindo (a 45 minute drive each way due to road conditions) who drove to Playa Grande TWICE for dinner that week. That's 3 hours in the car for 2 meals.

    Everyone ---from the owners, bartenders, servers, surf instructors, and maintenance people-- went out of their way to make sure I had everything I needed.

    I'll definitely be back at the Rip Jack!

    One word.....awesome!!!!


    Words cannot describe how happy we were with our decision to stay at the Rip Jack Inn in Playa Grande. We were pleasantly surprised and undoubtedly will visit this hotel again in the future.

    The people involved with the Rip Jack were a super friendly group that were very enthusiastic about our stay in Costa Rica. Because of this there was a plethora of information right at our fingertips.

    The rooms were perfect....super clean...just the right size...couldnt ask for anything more!

    If you need to stay at a place in Playa Grande, do not hesitate to stay at the Rip Jack Inn.

    Thanks again Annie and Dave...we appreciate your hospitality and we will be back....PROMISE!!

    Nick and Christy

    Awesome, unforgettable... best vacation of my life!


    This place is recommended for everyone, who likes to chill out and relax completely in an awesome friendly atmosphere!

    We lucked out


    We lucked out when we found the Rip Jack Inn on line. The inn was everything we were looking for - laid back, clean, friendly and peaceful. Dave and Annie did everything they could to make us feel welcome, and were able to arrange activities for us with a moments notice (massages, horseback riding, surf lessons) plus give us great advice for our next Costa Rica destination.

    Great spot - even for non surfers!


    My wife and I stayed at the RipJack Inn from August 18 to 21st 2005. We loved this place. It is run by 3 american partners, each bringing their passion to the table: a chef, a surfer, and a yoga instructur. The food is very good, the atmosfere is great, and the rooms are simple, well decorated, and CLEAN!

    Not just for surfers!


    The Rip Jack Inn was a great place to stay. I enjoyed the food, atmosphere, people and location. I booked a vacation for my girlfriend and myself, and I was originally going to stay in Tamarindo at Witchs Rock Surf Camp but they screwed up my reservation big time. So I found the Rip Jack Inn. Thank God I found this place... We saved so much money and had a much more exciting time then staying in Tamarindo.

    Rip Jack Inn is a great find!


    The Rip Jack Inn is a wonderful, well kept secret in Playa Grande. Just a 30 minute walk from the bustle of Tamarindo, it is a serene, picture perfect get away for those looking for surfing, relaxation and fabulous food.

    Go for the food!!


    We tried to stay at the Rip Jack Inn but they were book solid so we stayed at Hotel Bula Bula. Can't comment about the rooms but man the food was amazing. The are located in the "downtown area", right near the beach. We are foodies (will travel far for a great meal), and the meal we had at Restarante Pan was one of my all time favorities (top five for sure). Often one of the entrees in outstanding but the chef managed to wow us both. Menu changes daily. I had Tuna with wasabi and giger sauce and my husband had Mahi Mahi in a brown butter sauce. I would recommend a trip to Playa Grande just to eat at the Restarante Pan. Wow!

    Loved the rip jack inn and the food was excellent


    All I have to say is WOW. The food upstairs at the PAN restaurant was allways great and ever changing. No written down menu like a normal hotel ... there was a menu board with todays menu {except breakfast} Lunch and Dinner was great we started to pinch ourselves ...was this possible a little hotel {7-9rooms} run by two 30 something couples from San Fransico. We found out that the chef used to work at the FOUR SEASONS hotel in San Fransico so that explains the great food. They have just aquired the hotel/INN in august of 2004{it used to be called the EL Bucenero?} and are quickly getting a great reputation in the area...It is still hard to find even though they have a website it doesnt seem to want to come up on search engines yet so try your browser (---) with no space in between jack and inn. We walked and had to drive to some of the other hotels because they were so far from the beach to check them out and see what else there was by comparison to what we had at the rip jack inn. On all counts...we felt we got lucky to have chosen the ripjack via info gained by internet....because this was our first time to costa rica. It is admittedly a hard decision to choose a place to stay, when you have a family to think about...I like to surf my wife likes the beach to be close enough to walk to but cant stay at the beach all day she wants to see the country's sites and explore as I and my daughter and her freind also. We also enjoy eating good/great food and frendly people. We do care about the size of the rooms but its not that important since we only sleep there. You will most definetly need a room with A/C dont even think about staying somewhere without it you will regret it ..all of the rooms have A/C at the ripjack. We had 3 rooms all 3 had a ceiling mounted like turbo fan adjustable from small breeze to hurricane force and a A/C and one had brand new digital controlled A/C and a mini fridge they plan to have mini fridges in all rooms soon.They had good beds with a combo of queen and twin {to queen and 2 beds...a little cramped but great for 3 guys or girls..}With a full bath per room with coffee maker and coffee cups and maid service per day. If you like to go to bed early it might be a good idea to try and get one of the 2 rooms in the extra building 30 feet away from main bldg. since the upstairs bar scene and restaurant doesnt close down till midnite and the hotel is octagon in shape all 6 rooms are under a section of the bar so the moving chairs and dropped silverware can startle you from a slumbering it did me one extra long surf day had taken its toll from the usuall party man that I am.

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    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

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