We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

“Great location, friendly owner, could improve on cleanliness” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rutan Surf Cabinas

We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Jaco
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Rutan Surf Cabinas
Ranked #32 of 66 Specialty Lodging in Jaco
Toronto, ON
Level Contributor
25 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great location, friendly owner, could improve on cleanliness”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2012

Decent place in Jaco - close to everything and quiet considering the bustle of the town. The bathrooms were a bit gross but otherwise had a decent stay.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank the_traveller_from82
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

17 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    11
    4
    1
    0
    1
See reviews for
Families
0
1
5
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (5)
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
San Diego, California
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2012

I stayed at the Rutan Surf Cabinas for 3 nights and loved every minute of it. For starters its got one of the best rates in Jaco (25$ for 2 people), the lady who works/lives there is very friendly and very helpful, and the location couldnt be better. Its a 10 second walk to the beach and a 10 second walk to the main strip in Jaco-near bars, restaraunts, shopping, and just about everything. There's a really cool outdoor bbq/kitchen that everyone can use, the atmosphere is really chill and laid back, and theres a ping pong table which is a fun little addition when you come back from the beach. The rooms are clean, the sheets were clean, the showers, and like I said the staff was very friendly. Its also pretty safe and locked up at night to deter any petty theft. Would definitely reccomend to anyone traveling on a budget in Jaco.

On a side note Rutan Surf Cabinas makes you wish Jaco wasnt so built up. Its got such a lazy little surf hostel feeling compared to all the new highrises being built!

Room Tip: Any room! They've got rooms with up to 5 beds in them!
See more room tips
  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Explore P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Venice, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2011

This place is exactly what everyone is looking for. It is just outside of the main town, tucked away neatly inside a private street right at the beach! Staff is awesome, there is a really nice huge bbq area outside with all the kitchen things we needed. Rooms are clean, people are mellow, beds and sheets and showers were all right on. Its not the Ritz but as far as hostels are concerned its 5 star. I'll only return to Rutan!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
    • 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
Helpful?
Thank bortiz61
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Buffalo, New York
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2010

The staff is very nice, and it's location is great! It's two minutes from the beach and has a great bar and restaurant right across the street. Had a great time!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Moemoney88
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Jaco hotels
0.1 mi away
South Beach Hotel
South Beach Hotel
#24 of 45 in Jaco
3.5 of 5 bubbles 97 reviews
0.2 mi away
Riva Hostel Jaco
Riva Hostel Jaco
#7 of 66 in Jaco
4.5 of 5 bubbles 46 reviews
0.3 mi away
Buddha House Boutique Hostel
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
0.4 mi away
Acqua Residences Jaco
Acqua Residences Jaco
#18 of 66 in Jaco
4.5 of 5 bubbles 18 reviews
0.1 mi away
Hostel Hacienda Garcia
0.4 mi away
Cabinas RZ
Cabinas RZ
#54 of 66 in Jaco
4.0 of 5 bubbles 2 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Rutan Surf Cabinas? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Rutan Surf Cabinas

Property: Rutan Surf Cabinas
Address: Calle Anita, Jaco, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
Hotel Style:
Ranked #32 of 66 Specialty Lodging in Jaco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the laid-back coastal town of Playa Jaco, Cabinas Rutan is centered amidst pristine sandy beaches and killer surf! Rutan is a retreat, a quaint island style getaway for surfers and sun worshippers. Upon new ownership, formally known as Chucks Cabinas, we have added amenities such as a BBQ to new beds, linens and decor, Rutan Surf Cabinas is more unique and tranquil and still the lowest price in town! ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Rutan Surf Cabinas Hotel Jaco
Rutan Surf Cabinas Costa Rica/Jaco

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing