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“Excellent.....Great Place on the beach” 4 of 5 stars
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Ranked #16 of 45 Hotels in Jaco
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Small Town, NY
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Excellent.....Great Place on the beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

My first time visit to CR and Clarita's, stayed for 10 days and for me it was perfect. Super clean rooms, I felt the meals were excellent as well and priced right. The girls that work the bar/restaurant knew my name after only a day and were always friendly with prompt service, I truly can't understand a few of the negative comments concerning unfriendly service, be nice, be friendly, and understand if the bar is busy, they are also. It is a beach bar so be aware that it is a lively place at times, while I could certainly hear the music from the bar at night I would simply put on my sound machine and had absolutely no problem. Clarita's is just out of town.......a casual walk will put you at the other end of Jaco in 20 minutes, no more. I did this every day, as others have said a taxi is only $2.00 to the far side of town, $10 to La Playa Herradura and a bit less to playa Hermosa............
David, the manager was super, enjoyed my talks with him, and......while I did have an odor problem in my room one day, when I told David he immediatley came to my room, verified I had a problem and had his maintenance guy right there, in the meantime he offered me another room, which I took.....then , because of the inconvenience he comped me a free nights stay, I travel a LOT...and its very very rare to have this kind of service, and because of this I know that whenever I am in Jaco it's Clarita's for me, which by the way I am returning in January.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

Clarita's is the place to stay if you want a laid back beach experience. Nothing fancy or high dollar. Right on beach. Small facility but with restaurant and bar on site. Bar very popular with locals with entertainment most nights. Short cab ride to other entertainment in downtown Jaco.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Palatine, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

We stay at Claritas every time we go to Jaco. It's right on the beach and it's got a pretty much native Costa Rican style look. A lot of the other hotels are either not on the beach or are on the beach but have the look and feel of an American hotel transplanted to Jaco beach. The checkin was completely hassle free and they had the reservation information (from the internet) printed out and ready to go when we showed up. I was recommended by Claritas to use Adrian for the ride down from San Jose. He showed up exactly when he said he was going to which, you know if you've spent any time in Costa Rica, is a rarity.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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La Jolla, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Definitely not a five star hotel, but as far as a beach hotels go, this is the best. Super safe w 24 hour security guard. Awesome restaurant with really good food and great service. The staff was exceptionally great and caring. Located directly on beach, only a $1 cab ride from all the action, but removed far enough for peace during the day. Hang out at the beach bar, play volleyball, or swim in the pool. I've stayed at beach hotels all over the world, and this was the best for my money. Can't wait to return next year!

  • Stayed November 2012
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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Just want to start off by saying if you have been to Jaco and never stayed at Claritas you don't know what you are missing great people great view great room great prices and the best food in Jaco. The owner Cigar Dave treats everybody like family one the best guys i come to meet in Jaco. Dave looking forward to coming back in January.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at Clarita's for one night and actually thought about leaving by 11pm - we read the reviews and it was even recommended in our guide book - but don't be fooled like us! For the same price, there are much better places to stay. We had just spent 8 hours traveling by bus, ferry and bus again to Jaco and were exhausted; too bad no one mentioned that it was karoke night at Clarita's Sports Bar!! The sound of ridiculously loud singing shook the walls of our room until after midnight. The food is over priced and she charges you 200 colones to sit at the tables outside on the beach. The location is extremely removed and is at least a 20 minutes walk to the shops and restaurants. The room was not very clean, there was sand on the floor and a thick film of dust on almost every surface. Overall for the exact same price, we moved to another hotel that offered more amenities and is in a much better location. The best thing about Clarita's is the free Coke or Beer you get when you check in - if only they gave ear plugs with that too!

  • Stayed October 2012
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Port Canaveral
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Once again another great trip with my friends at clarita's It was my sons 18th birthday party and I believe it is one not to be forgotten. And for you people who want to have your Cigar well step in the sand and your not in the bar So get your tail on a flight schedule and roll down for some cold beer big waves good fishing and don't forget the lovely lady's.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Clarita's Beach Hotel
Address: 300 meters North of Best Western Hotel on the Beach, Jaco 0078, Costa Rica
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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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