My first visit to Hotel Catalina/Jaco Beach was in 2008, at which time I fell in love with the hotel, the staff and the entire vibe that Costa Rica has to offer. I loved it so much, that I decided to return in 2013 (too much time in between if you ask me). NOTE: I've visited during off peak times (May both visits).
Both visits, my primary goal of visiting Costa Rica was R&R. I am from NYC, so getting away from crowds, relaxing and unwinding was the only thing I had on my mind. Hotel Catalina was the best place for that. The hotel itself is somewhat "off the beaten path", so it is nice and quite, directly on the beach and a quick 5 minute cab ride/15 minute walk to town.
Being that Hotel Catalina is family owned, throughout your stay you will be greeted with smiles, great conversation and recommendations for food/activities - a level of hospitality I've never experienced anywhere else (I travel 5-6 times a year to all types of places). Another great aspect of the hotel is that is does not have TV or Clocks. Some may see this as a negative, but I saw this as a HUGE positive, being that I don't get caught up watching TV or even knowing what time it is. I can simply enjoy everything the hotel and Jaco has to offer and I can do it without having to rush or worry about what time it is. (if you've never been without TV or a clock, I seriously recommend you give it a try).
When you arrive at Hotel Catalina, they have two sets of rooms, in two different locations. They have AC rooms and fan rooms, so you can choose your level of comfort. Also, they have rooms towards the front of the hotel and one towards the back. The front rooms tend to be more social while the backrooms tend to give you a bit more privacy, again, all up to how you feel.
At the end of the day, if you want to get away and relax, Hotel Catalina is my go-to place. I come back home feeling great!
Want to go to the beach? Literally steps away from the Hotel
Want to enjoy town? They will call you a cab and it will be there in less than 5 minutes
Want to take part in activities like zip line, fishing and ATV? They have great recommendations
Want to learn how to surf? There are surf tents setup right outside their hotel
Want to explore places outside of Jaco? They can point you in the right direction
Want a friendly staff that genuinely cares that you have a good time? Look no where else!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful beachfront hotel, friendly and peaceful atmosphere. Rooms are clean and bright they have kitchenettes and private patios. Lush gardens, ocean breezes create the perfect relaxing getaway. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Catalina Costa Rica/Jaco