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“Cheap, Clean, and on the beach but far from everything else.” 4 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
Readfield, Maine
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18 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Cheap, Clean, and on the beach but far from everything else.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2009

Clarita's was a two night stop over for me in Jaco and was just what I needed - a cheap, clean safe place to stay.

Pros: price ($50 a night), clean, hot water, TV, fan or AC depending on your room, beach bar out front with good food, the quiet north end of the beach.

Cons: A good long 15 minute walk into the main town or a short taxi ride, no real privacy from neighboring rooms in the "fan" rooms (it's like sharing a room, from a sound perspective).

I would recommend staying here. It was a great budget hotel. But don't walk around Jaco at night, unless you're part of a crowd.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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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Israel
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2009

This motel-style hotel is at the edge of town, 10-15 minutes walk from the center (a bit dodgy to walk at night). The rooms are quite small and worn out, but they have AC, TV, fridge and hot showers with good pressure. A clean and pretty beach is just up front.

On the first night we got a room on the ground floor. It was noisy, the wooden floor and ceiling were creaky and the bed had bed bugs. We wanted to talk with the owners, but the staff at the bar (which also serves as reception) said they were in Arizona. The manager was there, though, and she agreed to move us to a second floor room for the second night, and it was quieter and cleaner. The bar serves good cheap hamburgers and beer mostly to white middle aged Americans.

Overall I would probably recommend this place for a group of friends who want to party in Jaco and sleep near the beach for cheap. Couples looking for a romantic getaway - stay away. There are lovely places at Playa Hermosa which is 5 minutes away by car.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2009

Just got back from a five day stay in Jaco at Clarita's and it was all that I expected and more.
Wait staff was very efficient, food great and the best bar in Jaco. Say hello to Rosi and Marisol aka Mariposa when you're there and Clarita too.

Have fun,
Miguel

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2009

I had just returned from R&R in Costa Rica and i had a wonderful time at Claritas I was only there for 4 nights and wanted to let everyone know that the Staff and hospitality was superb the location right on the beach and would definitely recommend this place for a romantic getaway and as they say in Costa Rica Pura Vida.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2009

I stayed for 3 weeks at Claritas, The staff were amazing!! The ocean was always in view and the food was the best in Jaco. The rooms were always clean and comfortable. I would recommend Claritas to everyone!! P.s. The coldest beer in Costa Rica.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2009

This was our second trip to Clarita's and it won't be our last. Super friendly staff, clean rooms, and great beach bar atmosphere keep me coming back for more. Great waves and awesome fishing are just what the Dr. ordered!! Highly recommended if you're stayingin Jaco. Can't wait to get back there in March 2010!!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NY, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2009

My friends and I have travelled to many spots all over the world. This is a GREAT place to stay. It is right on the beach, it has a bar and restaurant that is open from 7AM till about 11PM or later. This is great if you want to get some quiet at night. Security is excellent. The staff was very friendly and I would highly recommend staying there. It is far enough from town to give you some peace and quiet, and a taxi can be called from the bar that gets you anywhere in town for 1000 colones(2 dollars). I have stayed in many Central American, Carribean and South American hotels. To have staff constantly working, clean rooms, power 24/7, working air conditioners and refrigerator, working TV and a bar/resteraunt open from daybreak to almost midnight is tough to find. Clarita's is great for single travellers, groups of friends and families. Don't expect the Taj Mahal, but everything my friends and I saw was as good if not better than about 80% of the hotels I have stayed in abroad. We are definitely going back, see you all in January.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Clarita's Beach Hotel

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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