My friends and I absolutely loved Hotel Catalina. It is a great option for moderate budget travelers looking for a nice, quiet place to stay on the quieter (and in my opinion MUCH nicer) end of Jaco Beach.
There were four of us and we rented two rooms, two in each room. There were two beds-a single and a double, a small kitchen with hot plates, sink, hand towels, pots, plates & fridge and a kitchen island with two bar stools. The kitchen was nice as we went into town and grocery shopped for breakfast, lunch and (sometimes) dinner options for the week.
There is also a very nice balcony with two wooden chairs and a table outside. We had the balcony rooms upstairs (the AC rooms) which helped me feel a bit safer.
The pool was small but cold and refreshing and a nice break from the sticky sand on the beach. But having the beach right across the small street was amazing. We woke up almost everyday and laid on the beach with mats loaned to us by Naomi. We would swim in the ocean and lay in the sand, break for lunch and usually spend the latter part of the afternoon by the pool relaxing and playing with Dino- the world's greatest dog!
The hotel was on the more quiet end of Jaco, which was about a 10-15 minute (hot) walk into the main strip, but only a 2 dollar cab ride into town. If you do not have a phone, you will need Naomi to call a cab for you, or you can try at the hotel next door. This was never a problem for us as Naomi was more than accommodating and made sure we always had a cab to get into town if needed. Which brings me to my last point, Naomi was great!
She was extremely helpful and kind and always made sure to let us know if she would not be around in the evening so we could arrange a cab. (Which helped the 4 of us girls feel very safe) She would even offer to pick us up anything when she rode into town. She was helpful with advice on where to eat, what tours to take, where to go out, etc. She also gave us a helpful map on the first day and instructed us on how to get into town and where everything was. She was the best!
If I ever go back to Jaco, I will make sure to stay at the Hotel Catalina again!
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