I spent 4 nights are Clarita's, prepared myself for the negatives others wrote on this website - no blanket, too much noise, rooms dark, beach dirty.
Honestly - For my needs, it was perfect. The rooms are basic - nothing fancy but great A/C, large fridge, comfortable bed, decent towels and linen, a safe just big enough for my netbook, no blanket needed as there is a bedspread when the A/C is on, A/C rooms face the ocean with lots of light during the day, and yes, the back part of the room is dark, but the only thing there was my closet and the safe. But I could still read the safe numbers easily.
Service was exemplary. The bar/restaurant sits on the sand. Food quite decent, drinks of every description made by a great staff. And the serving ladies were sweet and efficient. Every night some kind of music - from Karaoke one night to live music the next, and much to my liking, often packed mostly with locals, rather than mostly tourists. So it was easy to get a real sense of CR and to meet locals.
Yes, the music is easily heard in the rooms until it ends at 11am. Not overly loud, and probably for a normal sleeper, you could fall asleep despite it.
The beach was absolutely fine, a soft reddish/gray volcanic sand, easy on the feet, water at bathtub temperatures, the waves intense and not easy to swim but easy to body surf or to walk with feet in the water and to explore the coastline.
It would be easy to spend a few days at Clarita's without going anywhere and have a great experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jaco's most affordable beach front hotel with complete restaurant and bar. Prime Beach front location with spectacular views of Pacific Ocean and rain forest. The Place in Jaco for folks who love the beach, crave ocean breezes and breaking surf, who expect excellent friendly service, and who want to kick back, have fun and catch Costa Rica's Pura Vida!!! Claritas provides ocean front clean rooms with ac, cable TV, hot water, refrigerators, room safes, swimming pool and bar, free wifi, free secured private parking, live bands- all at affordable rates. Great surf in front of your room. Cheapest rooms & Coldest beer on Jaco Beach. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Claritas Beach Jaco
- Hotel Claritas Beach
- Clarita's Beach Hotel Costa Rica/Jaco