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“Beautiful, quiet, 5 minute walk to town and beach” 5 of 5 stars
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Monte Carlo Condominium
3.5 of 5 Condominium   |   mid main street | Jaco Beach, Jaco 61101, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #4 of 60 Specialty Lodging in Jaco
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Seattle, WA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Beautiful, quiet, 5 minute walk to town and beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We visited in June 2014 so it was off season and the place was about half filled and very quiet. The condos are beautiful, clean, and spacious. The beds were very comfortable and I appreciated the room darkening curtains even though we were up early. We were on the 2nd floor and had a balcony over looking the pool and the mountains in the distance. The kitchen is great for staying in for breakfast. We bought food across the street at MegaSuper. The pool is fabulous. We swam everyday in the late afternoon or morning ( 1-4pm is too hot to be anywhere). The AC worked well in every room and we used it during the hot afternoon hours and at night. The gardens and tropical plants reminded me of Hawaii. So pretty! The WIFI is good, we could check email daily. We enjoyed the town of Jaco. It's a quick walk to all of the restaurants and shops. Every restaurant we tried was very good. Our favorite was the TacoBar (on the side street by the big red building)- delicious fish or steak tacos. Food is fairly cheap, 3 of us could eat for $30-40 a meal including a drink. The beach was fine, Pacific ocean very warm. We saw iguanas around town, and one day 2 scarlet macaws flew over as I sat out at the pool. We spent a morning driving down to Manuel Antonio and saw some monkeys in the trees on the side road leading to the park entrance ( don't bother with the $10 park fee, there wasn't anything to see- the animals were way up in the trees basically hiding from view). We also swam at the beach there in Quepos/Manuel Antonio and it was very nice. Watch for stray dogs if you are afraid of dogs. If you want to do a great hike, check out Rainmaker park for $15pp it is only 25 minutes from the condo in Parrita ( look for the Paintball sign 5 mins south of Parrita on hwy 34). That was a great hike for about a 2 mile loop through the jungle, across hanging bridges, and ending with a swim in the waterfall. We also found a wonderful horse farm run by Julia, called Caballo Azul (caballoazulhorsetours@gmail.com) just off the highway in Esterillos Estes 25 mins south of the condos. Look for the Horse Tour sign -she took my daughter on a private pony ride cantering down the beach and back for 1 1/2 hours for $65. She takes good care of her horses, unlike the Vista Los Suenos zipline/horse tour place where the poor horses have to endure hours of tours back to back in the intense heat. I recommend getting a car ( about $275 for the week includes the liability insurance). Then you can go where ever you want and are not dependent on the pricey tours. Just make sure you are a good driver (my husband can drive in New York city, so he can drive anywhere) because there is a lot of passing on one lane highways, and they drive a bit crazy in Costa Rica. It was an easy drive from the airport- about an hour and 20 mins. But the signs are pretty bad- get the GPS or plan on using your phone everyday! ( call your wireless provider and add international DATA and minutes- with ATT it was about $30 for more data and $40 for more minutes). Getting back to the car rental by the airport would have been a nightmare if we hadn't researched it online the night before AND plugged the address into the Iphone. Leave yourself a good 3 hours before your flight time to find your car rental and get to the airport, check your bags and get through security. We left the condos at 8am for a 1pm flight and it was just enough time. All in all it was a great trip, my biggest complaint was just the weather-- it was like 95* with 95% humidity. So it felt like 100*. All I did was sweat all the time! And it was so so hot by 8am until about 5pm. The evenings were still hot but better as we walked to dinner. Maybe visit in December or January? Might be high season and very busy then. We could see how this town could be a big Spring Break destination with cheap food, cheap beer, a beach and bars. But it was quiet when we were there. Drink a lot of bottled water- make sure to stay hydrated! My daughter and I almost got dehydrated, we were getting headaches so I knew we needed more water/gatorade. Have fun! Oh and Cristian in the office will help you with any questions. Most people also speak a little English and are very friendly. Change money in town at the bank- you get a better rate than at the airport.

Room Tip: I prefer being upstairs. The odd numbered condos are upstairs condos. 1,3,5 etc.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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montecarlo33, Manager at Monte Carlo Condominium, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for your complete review. It give us a great idea of the condos and Jaco beach. We really appreciate taking your time.

Thank you for choosing Monte Carlo.

Cristian
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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

this was a very nice complex and the condos were very nice as well, you can tell that these units are nicely maintained. The location of the complex is great its in the middle of town about a half block off the main drain and very close to the beach. This complex has 24 hour guard service. one of the problems with this property was the guess charge of $10 us dollar. Every time a fiend that is not staying at the complex comes over to visit you will be charged and its per person, Kind of a ripe off

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank hrly
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montecarlo33, Manager at Monte Carlo Condominium, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for your review and your comments are very important to us.

Unregistered guests have a fee unless they are registered upon arrival.

Thank you

Cristian
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Jaco, Costa Rica
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78 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This place is like a home away from home. I've stayed here twice now, once for a week and once for a weekend. The first time was in a condo located in the front of the complex (by the gate) on the first floor. This was for a week and was the best stay I had. Nice and quiet and easy access to my car. Why is the easy access important? Because in Jaco it rains every day except during Dec-April (High Season). There are no covered walkways so if you don't have an umbrella you need to buy one.

They have a BBQ grill/area that I used almost everyday. The pool is very nice and the grounds are beautiful. Best of all is the location. Right in the middle of town. Grocery store directly across the street, liquor store and restaurants 100 yards away.

They only suggestion or negative remark would be to try and get a room away from the pool. If there are kids in the pool it can become very loud. My second stay was in a unit next to the pool. In the early morning hours the kids are there. In the late hours the adults are there. It almost came to the point that I was going to ask to be moved but I was only there for two days so I toughed it out.

If you can afford it, this would be the place to stay while visiting Jaco!

Room Tip: Request a room toward the front of the complex away from the pool if possible.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
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montecarlo33, Manager at Monte Carlo Condominium, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
Dear Guests

Thank you for taking your time to write us a review. I am sorry to hear about the problem with the noise. It is true, some people prefer to stay away from the pool sometimes. Next time let us know so we can move you to a different unit. We all know that kids love the pool and they really have fun in it.

Every comment means a lot for us.

Thank you

Cristian
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Montecarlo is by far the best place in Jaco and the costa rican central pacific coast. It has a strategic location. That is you can travel from there to many beaches and take several tours. Besides, since you are downtown Jaco , you have all the services near you on a walking distance. The place itself is very well maintained. It is clean and safe, but most of all , it is beautiful!!!

Room Tip: Condos located far from the pool area are quieter.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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montecarlo33, Manager at Monte Carlo Condominium, responded to this review, July 17, 2014
Dear Guests

Thank you for your review. Guest comments are always welcome.

See you in the future!

Cristian
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Victoria, British Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

I've spent a lot of time in Costa Rica, even living there over the winter months over the last few years. I've stayed a lot in Jaco, mostly in average or very below average hotels. It's a busy town, especially over Easter, and I was so happy to see this place available, especially for the price! We had two couples and a child in the apartment. First of all, it was HUGE! There was even a bathtub! That's unheard of in Costa Rica! The pool was perfect. There were shady places to sit and chill and eat your lunch, and lots of room in the sun too. It was never too crowded and you always found a nice place to sit and chill. It's very close to the beach and town. I've never before stayed at a place in Jaco that was so quiet!! Seriously, this can be a very noisy town but I was really impressed that I was able to get such a comfortable night's sleep. I will never stay anywhere else if I'm in Jaco! It was absolutely perfect!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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1 Thank ccraft
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montecarlo33, Manager at Monte Carlo Condominium, responded to this review, May 8, 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for your review. I am so glad to hear you had a good experience. People really appreciate to hear comments like yours to get to know how other people did while visiting Jaco.

My best regards

Cristian
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014 via mobile

My family and I discovered Monte Carlo Cond last year. We have been there 3 times and enjoy the facilities and the location. Everything is near: supermarket, theatre, cinema, fast food and elegant restaurants, souvenir shops...

  • Stayed April 2014
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montecarlo33, Manager at Monte Carlo Condominium, responded to this review, May 8, 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for your review.

Keep us in mind if you plan another trip to JACO!!

Cristian
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Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

After looking at many of the accommodations around town, I'm convinced this is as good as it gets. The condos are upscale, but it's not some huge, commercial resort. Plus, you can walk anywhere from the beach to restaurants to the grocery store, which is conveniently situated right next door. My only complaint is that they have a swim-up bar with no one manning the bar! Add is some bar service and music and it would take the place up a notch. Still, the condos were nice and I felt very safe. The landscaping is also colorful and well-manicured. This was the perfect place to stay in Jaco, though I wouldn't really recommend the town itself. I wish we would have gone back to Tamarindo or stayed up at Manuel Antonio instead.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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montecarlo33, Manager at Monte Carlo Condominium, responded to this review, May 8, 2014
Dear Guest

Thank you for taking your time to give is your review. Your comments are very important to us.

The town is having some major improvements to make it the best place to visit in Costa Rica, but it takes time.

My best regards

Cristian
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Address: mid main street | Jaco Beach, Jaco 61101, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 60 Specialty Lodging in Jaco
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Monte Carlo Condominium 3.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Monte Carlo luxury condominiums are the best value and location in Jaco Beach. We are ideally located in the center of town within steps to beach, shopping, restaurants, pharmacy, salon, supermarket, tours, discos, Beatles Bar, etc. You do not need a car here, you can walk everywhere. If you prefer a ride, a taxi pickup at the front gate to anywhere in town is $2.00 the property is an oasis of peace and tranquility in the heart of Jaco Beach. You will be surrounded with the sounds of the many exotic birds that visit the grounds daily as well as the soothing sound of beautiful fountains. The grounds of the condominiums are beautifully landscaped and include a huge pool with swim up bar, jacuzzi, and rancho area with grill and tables and chairs for your outdoor cooking. The condo is fully furnished and equipped for cooking. The condo has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, full kitchen, living room, laundry room, patio, and is 1400 square feet. The condo is finished to a high standard with granite counters in the kitchens and bathrooms, tile floors, GE stainless steel appliances, solid wood cabinetry, and recessed lighting throughout the apartment. In the Master bedroom there is a King size bed and master bathroom with walk in shower. The guest bedroom has a Queen size bed and guest bathroom with shower and tub. The living room and bedrooms have full size sliding glass doors that open up to the patio and lush landscaping. During the day the apartment is showered with natural sunlight, it feels like your living in the garden. Amenities here include free wireless internet, 24 hour manned security in gated complex, cable TV, air conditioning, in house washer and dryer, and concierge desk to arrange all tours and transportation. ... more   less 
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