Great spot - even for non surfers! A review of Hotel RipJack Inn
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!
There are few rooms, I think 8 in all, and we stayed in the ones detached from the main building - cabinas style. Our room was newly decorated in a simple and tasteful fashion. This was one of the few places in Costa Rica where mold and bugs were not present. I was surprised to not find any insects crawling under our bed....it was impeccably clean!
The Inn is definately geared to the surfer crowd (as most places in tamarindo/playa grande), but neither of us are surfers and we still had a great time. Relaxing Yoga sessions are offered regularly.
The beach is just a 100 yards away and it is stunning. You can walk for miles without seeing anyone. We spent our time in Playa Grande, Tamarindo, and our favourite beach (for the non-surfers) PLAYA CONCHAL.
When you get to the RipJack Inn you are quickly welcomed by the numerouse super friendly pet dogs and cats that have now become part of the property.
We stayed in much more expensive hotels in Costa Rica such as the Tabacon Resort in Arenal and Villas Nicolas in Manual Antonio and found the RipJack Inn to be in such better shape. All the other hotels we stayed at had mold and insect problems, but that was not the case at the RipJack Inn.
I highly reccomend the RipJack Inn for both surfers and non-surfers. We stayed 3 nights here and if we were to plan the same trip again I would have stayed longer.