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“Second time even better!” 5 of 5 stars
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Aparthotel Vista Pacifico
Apdo 108, Jaco 4023, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #2 of 39 hotels in Jaco
Tara, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Second time even better!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

This was our second trip to Costa Rica, and after our first visit to Vista Pacifico we would stay at none other. After 5 years the hospitality we received was even better than I remembered. Juliana booked us a rental car from the air port and had our fridge stocked with goodies. Jan fixed us up with great tours and was able to get us the best rates. The roads in Costa Rico are greatly improved since last visit but when I was having car problems. Jan & Greg showed me just where to go and get it fixed. Most days after a light breakfast of fresh fruit, yogart with granola, pastries and great coffee, we would head off on another adventure. Other days we would lounge by the pool and make ourselves brunch in our kitchenette. Our rooms and the public areas were always clean and tidy. Greg's gardens are spectacular and the veiw from the hotel is 360 degrees of beauty, from beach to mountains. With fresh breezes both day and night AC was unnessesary and we avoided the humidity of down town Jaco. All this and really affordable too. The only bad thing was having to say good bye and head home.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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  • Location
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

My wife and I stayed at Vista Pacifico this past weekend for two nights. Vista Pacifico is kind of like Mary Poppins: "practically perfect in every way"! Keep in mind that the place is small and intimate - just nine rooms. We had one of the smaller ones, but it included a burner, microwave and refrigerator, so we ended up cooking dinner for ourselves both evenings.(A large supermarket is within walking distance.) The first evening we used the hotel's grill, which is available to everyone. The garden is gorgeous, as is the view of the valley, the ocean, and the sunset. Juliana and James are gracious and friendly, and just plain fun to hang out with. What was most impressive to Emily and me, however, was quality of the facilities. The owners paid careful attention to detail when the built the place ten years ago, and they continue to maintain the facility so that it looks immaculate. You simply don't find many hotels at this price that look anything like the Vista Pacifico. Oh, and we really enjoyed the pool - perfect temperature. The only disadvantage, if you want to call it that, because we considered it an advantage, is the distance from the main drag of Jacó. Emily and I walked to and from town a couple of times, but the trek up the hill on our way back was a bit challenging on the way back. However, the taxi ride is only about $5, a small price to pay for the peace and tranquility, not to mention the amazing view that we enjoyed at Vista Pacifico.

Room Tip: The rooms all have amazing views. If you are only a couple, the smaller rooms are all you need.
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Greg took time from his busy schedule to give us a tour of the gardens. Palm, banana, and avocado trees, citrus fruit trees and many other plants and flowers make this property an amazing Eden!
Julianna and James were gracious hosts, answering our queries about the area and Julianna also booked a wonderful evening of "turtle watching" for us. I can't say enough about this place. We can't wait to return.

Room Tip: The rooms with the towers are fun and get a good breeze; no air conditioning required.
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

This is my second review of this property, for our second stay here. We returned in March, a year and a half after our first visit. The owners have moved down the hill and their daughter, Juliana, and her husband, James, now manage the hotel.

This is a beautiful place and an amazing bargin! Jan, Greg, Juliana, and James treat guests like close friends. Breakfast is fantastic, the rooms are clean, the pool is lovely, and after a few days you'll never want to leave!

The Vista Pacifico also happens to be in a wonderful location in magical Costa Rica. I can't wait to return in a few months!

  • Stayed March 2012, 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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London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

This is a gem of a hotel. It's not just the facilities but the kindness of the family that runs it. Jan, Greg, Juliana, and James couldn't be more helpful with recommendations, assistance, tips, connections, bookings, directions, and just simple friendliness. The rooms are bright, clean, and cheerful. The views are great. Breakfast is delicious. The pool is a God-send in the humidity. Don't be put off by the rough road going up to the hotel. It's the kind of place you can just hang out on the beautiful grounds for part of a day or you can use as a base for visiting Jaco, beaches, and national parks. I thought the fact that some rooms don't have air conditioning was going to be a problem, but it really wasn't, with the ceiling and floor fans and double doors open to the ocean breeze.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

From the moment you arrive at the gate there's a sense of privacy as Vista Pacifico sits on the highest hill in Jaco. You are greeted by the friendliest people who make you feel right at home. Room 1 is a gorgeous two-floor suite with a tower overlooking the town and ocean! Every day the great maids fold your towels into animals inspired by Costa Rica's ecology; monkeys were hanging from the bed frame one day! The kitchen was fully stocked of all common and uncommon kitchen utensils, somewhat of a rarity when you book hotels (wine openers are crucial).

The hotel thrives on its cleanliness and beautiful landscape. The private pool is a great way to start or end your day, whether before the fantastic daily breakfast (fruits! yogurt! granola! juice!) or after one of the scheduled day trips (ziplining! crocodiles!), all served and planned by the wonderful Jan, Juliana and James. They were extremely knowledgeable of Jaco and its surroundings, providing great recommendations on restaurants, guided tours and beach spots. I never hesitated to ask for assistance or help, they were very reliable and always happy to help.

Vista Pacifico treats its guests like family. The charm of relaxing in a sun chair and greeting other guests as they arrive feels very homey. My favourite times were the mornings talking to guests about their day trips, I instantly made friends and we went on day trips together! If that's not a friendly environment I don't know what is.

There are so many more things I could say about Vista Pacifico, it's such an awesome find that it almost feels like a steal. I only review things I love, and I absolutely love this place. This was my first time in Costa Rica and Vista Pacifico and definitely not my last. Juliana, Jan and James are the definition of Pura Vida. Gracias amigos!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

I've stayed at Vista Pacifico twice now, and I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Jaco. The rooms are lovely (stay in a suite with a tower, if you can!), and all the little details are so thoughtful. I especially like that the aparthotel is on the hill above the city, which means it's peaceful at night when Jaco isn't, but plenty close to the beach.

On our first visit, we split our time between sitting by the pool, reading and chatting, and exploring the area around Jaco. When we wanted to explore and try the zip lines, Jan booked us a tour. She also helped us find nice places to stay when we moved on to explore more of the country. She even booked a car for us, and arranged to have it delivered to the hotel, but returned in San Jose before our flight. On our second visit, we were more independent, driving ourselves in from San Jose. This time, Jan's daughter Juliana took care of us. Everybody is so warm and friendly, truly embodying Pura Vida. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed February 2012, 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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Also Known As:
Aparthotel Vista Pacifico Hotel
Aparthotel Vista Pacifico Jaco
Aparthotel Vista Pacifico Hotel Jaco
Aparthotel Vista Pacifico Costa Rica/Jaco
Address: Apdo 108, Jaco 4023, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Jaco
#1 Best Value Hotel in Jaco
#5 Romantic Hotel in Jaco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $

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