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“Never want to leave!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Clarita's Beach Hotel

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Clarita's Beach Hotel
Ranked #16 of 44 Hotels in Jaco
Certificate of Excellence
Bakersfield, California
2 reviews
“Never want to leave!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

This was my 3rd stay at claritas. This is my #1 spot to stay in Jaco. The food is fantastic, and I always meet the most fun and interesting people there! Security is great and the employees make you feel like family. I have already booked for next year, and am meeting other guess that I have met there over the years. It is definitely a Pura Vida experience!

Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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da22, Owner at Clarita's Beach Hotel, responded to this review, December 23, 2014
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Gracias amigo...Clarita
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Poasito, Costa Rica
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2014

I have stayed at Claritas many times. Great location next to the beach. The hotel sits behind the bar with a swimming pool in the courtyard area. A short walk and you are at the restaurant and var enjoying the great food while hearing the waves crash on the beach of Jaco. This is a very budget friendly place but you have all the necessities (hot water, TV,A/C, beach bar and super friendly staff.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Jimmie G
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da22, Owner at Clarita's Beach Hotel, responded to this review, December 23, 2014
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Gracias amigo...Clarita
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Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2014

Fantastic place to stay. Clean rooms, nice pool, excellent bar with very friendly, courteous, NICE bartenders.

Owner is on hand to welcome everyone. Security on hand 24 hours a day. Walk out of the hotel onto the Pacific coast at Jaco Beach. What else could you ask for at an excellent room rate. $3.00 taxi ride to town or walk approximately 15 minutes to the middle of Jaco. Jaco is an hour and fifteen minute ride from the airport at San Jose. I highly recommend the hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank David B
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San Diego, California
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2014

There are many types of Costa Rica in Costa Rica and if you are looking for a true Pura Vida experience, I highly recommend a long stay at Clarita's. Why travel thousands of miles to this beautiful country filled with great people only to stand on the sidelines? Perhaps Disneyland, your local mall, McDonalds or Las Vegas would be a better choice for those not seeking authenticity. Heck, you can get your passport stamped, eat at Denny's in San Jose, grab some trivial souvenirs at the airport and tell your buddies back home you visited "The Rich Coast". I say dig in to the local vibe and immerse yourself in the country that ranks highest in the "worldwide happy index" year in and year out, as there is much to learn.

What they say about Clarita's is true, "The women are hot and the beer is cold". The Imperial fridge is kept at near freezing with the temperature displayed and the girls/bartenders are amazing (both in character and looks). The bartenders and security guards are far and away some of the best people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. Ticos and Ticas are the best people you'll encounter and the Ticas running the bar are absolutely stellar. You'll feel at home here and no matter how long your stay, you'll want to extend the duration. I'd booked in advance and moved on to another hotel, but made darn sure my last hour in Jaco was spent at Clarita's. If you stay at another hotel, you should at the very least visit Clarita's Bar/Restaurant. I highly recommend the beef skewers with an ice cold Imperial.

Okay, one gripe... I have a bad back and despite the website stating the mattresses were upgraded, they're still not adequate, but that's the only gripe. The room was very clean, very nice and my back problems are my problems. There is a $5 charge for whining and I guess I'll pay up, but other than that the rooms are not only "what you see is what you get", they are actually much better than what is displayed on the website. Basic indeed, but who could ask for more when you're right on the beach and you'll be pleasantly surprised upon entering your room then later walking a few steps to stare at the amazing view from North Jaco beach.

Basically, it's basic and I like that. You will as well. You can be you and enjoy your vacation the way you would like. I can guarantee (that's right, guarantee) fun people will have a fun time at Clarita's. If math is your hobby, if you like writing traffic tickets for kicks or just plain wish bad times upon yourself or others then perhaps I can interest you in the smoker intolerant and personal space intrusive Hotel Parador at Manuel Antonio at thrice the price for your next stay in Costa Rica. If you're "good people", then Clarita's is for you because Clarita's is filled with good people.

The beach is very nice with a good surf break out front and plenty of bikini clad Latina distractions to make the beach great even when the waves retreat. Keep the Waco in Jaco, bring a good cigar for Clarita and tell my pals I said hello.

Pura Vida to Cigar Dave, Clarito, my Security Guard amigo, my favorite Bartender and especially all the girls at Clarita's for helping me practice my Espanol and making me feel welcome in your country. I'll be back in July. Muchos Gracias Clarita!

Any way to extend the bar hours later?

Room Tip: Definitely book a 2nd story room with AC. It's the only way to go.
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Matthew G
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Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

If you are looking for hotel style accomodations this is not the place for you.
This is a cheap, don't plan to be in my room much type of place.
Although the surface looks clean this establishment is run down and old.
The staff was helpful and friendly, but I did feel like I needed to wear shoes around the room and used quite a lot of hand sanitizer. After exploring other options in Jaco in person, I was disappointed with my choice to stay here. Also, the beach area in front of the bar and along this strech seemed dirtier than other beach locations closer to town that appeared to be cleaned and maintained.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank cleetaylor
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2014

This was my third trip to Costa Rica and first time in Jaco. Spent 10 days, starting with Super Bowl Sunday at Clarita's. I must say it is the best beach bar in Jaco. The food is very good and the service was excelent. My favorite bartenders were Lina and Dorothy. All the girls work very hard. The view of the sunsets are unbelievable. Just remember you are on vacation, so just relax and have another Cerveza. Roberto

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Bob E
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Kelowna, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2014

Wow! This was my second time staying at Clarita's. I thought my first time, which was for a month was wonderful, but...this year it was even better. I stayed for two months! The management, the cleaning staff, the security, the kitchen staff, and the servers all made my stay wonderful. The vibe and the people that work at Clarita's make it such a happy place. Everyone is always smiling and doing their best going out of their way to make you comfortable. Umbrella covered tables right in the sand are great to sit at for hours and eat, or drink ice cold beer. Meeting people from all over is fun too, even the locals are awesome. The food is great, and there is lots of choices on the menu to choose from. The rooms have comfortable beds, air conditioning, flat screens, wifi, hot showers, and they are very clean. Like I said earlier the cleaning staff are great. I travel alone and feel very safe at Clarita's because of the professional security guards. I can't say enough good about the servers. The girls are great. They are so friendly and always helpful. I can't wait until next year!!!!!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank stacy f
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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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