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“Prime Location in Northern Jaco” 5 of 5 stars
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300 meters North of Best Western Hotel on the Beach, Jaco 0078, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #15 of 43 Hotels in Jaco
Brooklyn, New York
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Prime Location in Northern Jaco”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

This hotel is located in the northern most part of Jaco and is right on the beach. Im gonna try to point out as much as I can with this review.

The Hotel... The rooms are relatively small but cozy. This is not a 5 star hotel but you are definately getting your money worth. Each room is equipped with a safe. They do have free WiFi. The hotel has its own parking lot that is secured by a guard 24/7. You are allowed to bring guests to your room, they just have to be checked in by the guard on duty.

The Bar & Grill...... The only complaint I have here is that they close at midnight because this place is amazing. The entire atmosphere is great, always packed with a good crowd and the food and drinks taste great. The menu has a good variety and you can have finger foods for as low as 2000 colones($4 dollars). The beers cost around 1500 colones ($3 dollars) A great place to enjoy yourself, you can even take your beer to the beach and just relax in the sun. Theres also a swim up bar in the pool, but that was closed during my stay there. One thing I noticed about some of these reviews was that people didnt find the bar staff to be friendly.........I disagree. The entire staff was amazing and friendly, and always open for conversation no matter how busy it would get, the girls always managed to carry their service with a smile.

The Final Say........Yes I recommend this place. The beach in this part of Jaco is a lot cleaner than southern Jaco and gets bigger and better crowds than southern Jaco. You have the feel of being on a resort. The main strip with all the stores and nightlife is only a 5 minute walk or you can take a cab for only 2 dollars. Ive stayed in numerous parts of Costa Rica, and Jaco is def my favorite. I will be returning in a few months to purchase a condo. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have about this place or any other

Room Tip: Second floor rooms have a prime view of the beach
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Phoenix, Arizona
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Location is Key to any vacation spot! Claritas is RIGHT on the BEACH!!! Mind you it is not a 5 star Resort, but it has everything you need. Clean AC rooms, nice Free coffee in the morning for guests, bar & grill, Good Security, nice pool area and of course...Right on the BEACH!! You can walk to town easily...cab ride is about $2. The best part was meeting all the locals...including the wonderful staff of the Bar & Hotel!! They were so much fun and gracious. Lots to do at night in the Bar & Grill...always something going on...Karaoke, Latin music night, Thirsty Thursday ($1.50 Beer ), Theme parties and the Food was very good! You must try the Deep Fried Red Snapper!! It was the BEST Ever!! Claritas also has a Pizza Shack!!! I travel a lot and would return to Clarita's for the friendliness of the people! Thanks Everyone...Tony and Sharen will see you soon!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Austin, Texas
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Stayed at Claritas five times in past two years. Keep coming back for the atmosphere and service. Not the fanciest place - others near by if that's what you want. But it is safe & clean with good security and a great staff. The restaurant does an unbelievable job. Try the beef kabobs! The bar is a real trip with nightly specials and events. The rooms are pretty plain but adequate. Very nice pool. And all within throwing distance of the ocean.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I've stayed at Clarita's now four or five times over the past four or five years. I will continue to stay there whenever in Jaco. The location is great. The bar and restaurant is right on the beach with the rooms set back behind, past the swimming pool. The bar is always active with entertainment and the food is good. The prices are reasonable, and the staff are wonderful. I caused two silly problems this trip (my friend locked himself in the wrong room and I locked my safe before figuring out how to change the combo) and the staff were prompt, courteous, and didn't laugh too hard at my expense... It's always a great stay, comfortable, relaxing, and fun.

Room Tip: Unless you're acclimated to the heat and humidity, opt for the extra $10 for the A/C rooms...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

We absolutely Love Clarita's. We have stayed there numerous times and will continue to do so. The owner and the staff have always been wonderful to us! It is a quiet little place away from all the tourist things in town. It is on the beach. The rooms are always clean. We arrive, park the car and never have to leave. We have brought several quests with us and they were very pleased and will return. Security is great and they watch out for there guest. No matter what time we get up in the morning to watch the sunrise, they always have fresh café. The food is great and the beer is always cold. What else could anyone ask for? WE LOVE CLARITA'S!!!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

I don't know why anyone would criticize this place so vehemently - it is a motel on the edge of town with a rockin' beach bar.

Clean and beds that were comfortable enough. No problems with water pressure in our room, or water temperature. The mini fridge worked and you got a free cerveza with check-in. Really friendly staff.

It's a little walk from downtown but right on the beach. Food was decent and the bar was fun. Didn't go in the pool but it looked ok. Only there 1 night but definitely good for that or maybe a few more days; it's not a resort and doesn't promote itself as one.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Worst place we stayed in Costa Rica and we stayed at quite a few. Worst mattress I've slept on since the rack I had in the service. The water pressure was so bad you almost had to run around in the shower to get wet. Would not recommend this place to my worst enemy

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 300 meters North of Best Western Hotel on the Beach, Jaco 0078, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Jaco
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Jaco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 26
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

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