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Clarita's Beach Bar & Sports Grill

300 meters North of Best Western Hotel 'on' Jaco Beach, Jaco, Costa Rica
(506) 2643-3327
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Ranked #51 of 93 Restaurants in Jaco
Price range: $6 - $15
Cuisines: Costa Rican
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Description: Clarita's Beach Bar & Sports Grill is located directly 'on' Jaco beach 300 meters north of the Best Western Hotel. Clarita's was the first Bar in Jaco opened in 1964 by Clarita's mom. Therefore, Clarita's is the favorite Restaurant/Bar of the local Costa Ricans. If you are coming to Costa Rica to experience the local culture come to Clarita's. If you are coming to Costa Rica to meet just Americans or Euros then go to the Marriott! Clarita's montra is "Dun Worry...Be Happy & Get Waco in Jaco". With that in mind, if you are an uptight or over demanding please come to Clarita's and we will happily give you an attitude adjustment. If you are laid back, looking for a fun time, great views of the beach scene and surfers, and/or wanting to experience the most spectacular sunsets in Jaco, then Clarita's is your ticket. Besides serving the cooldest and cheapest beer on the Beach and the goofiest cocktails in Jaco, Clarita offers a full breakfast, lunch, snack & dinner menu from 7:00am until Clarita gets tired or drunk and decides to close the kitchen (usually 10ish pm) Clarita serves fresh Pacific catches brought in daily by local fishermen ie. Red Snapper, Dorado, Ahi Tuna steaks and her unique ceviche. On Jacó's largest barbeque grill, Clarita also offers up local C.R. dishes of chicken, shrimp, burritos, enchiladas, pasta, pepper steak, barbeque ribs, and filet mignon. Like Clarita always says, "My cooking is sooo good I even eat it on occasion". **As of January 2013 you can even pig out on PIZZA CLARITA ... made fresh and to order in Clarita's brick oven! No item on the menu exceeds $15.00. Clarita is able to keep her prices low by cheating the other guy and passing the savings on to you! As for service, Clarita's girls will "eventually" find you even if you are sitting at one of her tables on the Beach or involved in a game of Beach Volleyball. However, if the Clarita girls don't meet your standards all we ask you to do is lower your standards. As for live entertainment: Every Thursday night Clarita hosts the Biggest Beach Fiesta in Jaco with $1 Beers from 7-9pm, Latina Musica and Dancing under the Stars to reggae, salsa, merengue and your requests until midnight. Friday is Tequila Karaoke night. Sing a song or dance with a Clarita girl on stage and get a FREE shot after the boos die down! Saturday is Guest Band Night and plenty more dancing. Sundays feature Clarita's world famous calypso band 'Dun Worry . . . Be Happy' and your choice of NFL or Baseball games off her 7 large screen satellite TVs.(Clarita is unfortunaley addicted to the Chicago Cubs... probably as a result of all the tequila she drinks.)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This place is awesome, been here many times and always have a great time. Mostly go for the sunsets and appetizers and drinks. The bar is right on the beach and the surf break out front can be outstanding.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Love this bar/restaurant. Right on Jaco beach and perfect sunset viewing spot. Good food, good drinks, and good vibes! :)

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Atlanta, Georgia
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34 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Nice little beach bar. Service was a bit slow and our language barrier didn't help. Prices are geared toward tourists so not cheap but not horrible. The food is pretty good. The appetizer sampler platter had a fried hot dog on it.... we think it was a fried hot dog. The fish taco was okay, about $10 for one taco.... More

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singapore
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

it seems that the waitresses are a LOT more freindly and courteous to the male patrons than the female ones. i had to practically BEG for even menu, let alone getting any drinks or food served! the two stars are because it is on the beach! service was non existant!

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Long Beach, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This place is right on the beach...It is a very relaxed and chill atmosphere. Absolutely loved the Nachos! A great place to have a few beers and watch sports with friends!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Outdoor seating, beach view, feels like the USA....looking to do shots and eat pizza this is your spot.

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Portland, Maine
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65 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We decided to breakout of our hotel and go to Jaco for dinner; some guys at the pool bar who lived in the area recommended Claritas. It was a Sunday evening. The place is on the beach, so a funky setting......not bad at all. But the karaoke was blasting away and the singers did not come from American Idol auditions.... More

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I honestly don't know about the rest of the menu... but if you're starving go for the pizza! it's not italian... it's not fancy... but it will be satisfy you!

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Jaco, Costa Rica
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11 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Poor service, warm beer, and average food. With only a handful of beach bars its too bad the service is so lacking.

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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24 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We came to Claritas last year and the service was terrible!!!! If you are a woman coming over here with an American or European man , be prepare to be ignore like you are invisible , this is a place for men to come and drink and eat and be treated nice by the ladies , THIS IS NOT A... More

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