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Hotel RipJack Inn
Ranked #1 of 7 Hotels in Playa Grande
Certificate of Excellence
Lillooet, Canada
1 review
“Had the time of our lives”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2014

Rip jack rocks!!!!! rooms were clean, service was amazing, the treetop restaurant was spectacular and the friendly staff were phenomenal. It was a close walk to the beach. on a scale from one to ten it gets a 10 withought a doubt!!!! We loved the playa grande area and especially the rip jack inn. Can't wait to go back!!!! Pura Vida!!

Room Tip: The bungalow is the best
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sarah V
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RipleyCostaRica, Manager at Hotel RipJack Inn, responded to this review, 23 March 2014
Thank you so much! Definitely made our day reading this review. Looking forward to having you back. PURA VIDA!
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2014

We stayed at the Rip Jack for 4 nights in March and my only wish is that I didn't have to go back home tomorrow! I could easily stay another week and would highly recommend this spot to anyone but especially to families. We stayed in one of the suites by the lap pool and were very happy. Lots of space inside, one room with a king bed for us and an adjoining room (no door) with 2 single beds for our boys. Kitchenette with fridge, sink, counter top with cupboards filled with plates, cups etc. And a toaster oven and coffee maker. Perfect for us.

Staff are very friendly and helpful and booked all our taxis and excursions. We did the turtle night tour (oct to March) and saw 3 200 lb turtles pull themselves up from the ocean and one load eggs! Also did the estuary tour and saw howler monkeys, crocs, lots of birds.

Rip Jack is the closest hotel to the beach in this part of Play Grande and there is a path right outside the hotel that gets you to amazing waves in about 2 minutes. Beach is very quiet except for all the surfers. Morning and late afternoon are the best times as the sun is super strong mid-day.

The restaurant is very good and well priced. I highly recommend the teriyaki tuna and the ribs but it's all good and well priced. Friendly service. Next door is also a casual beach spot La Marejda and Marbar. Both are also great and Marbar makes the most amazing smoothies at their Raw foods bar. Gotta go for those.

Yoga and pilates offered daily which made me very happy.

The only thing I'd warn about is the lack of ATMs in the area and the cash limits. You have to go to Tamarindo for a cash machine and only the Scotiabamk ATM in the supermarket gives $US. And you are limited to all machines to $200 day regardless of what your limits are at home. Other than that there really was no reason to go to Tamarindo. I found it very busy and commercial. Playa Grande is much more chill. But when you have to go, take. $10 taxi to the Boula Boula and then the water taxi for $2-$3 pp otherwise it's a $30 cab ride each way!

Room Tip: For a family of 4 the suites by the lap pool are perfect,
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sandra K
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RipleyCostaRica, Manager at Hotel RipJack Inn, responded to this review, 16 March 2014
Haven't even left and already wrote a review for us, and not just a review, also an excellent rating - THANK YOU! Hasta la proxima y pura vida!!
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Annapolis, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2014

We came to Costa Rica to Surf and Relax and heard Playa Grande had one of the best beaches with great waves. We chose the Rip Jack Inn as it seemed closest to the beach and we were right. It is not on the beach, but right across from the beach through a wonderful little path of trees - we LOVED it. This is the closest place you will find on the beach in Playa Grande and it is great. The staff is fantastic and super friendly and accommodating, the rooms are clean and large and the grounds of the Inn seem so private even though there may be many guests. It is just a terrific layout with several pools and nooks to relax. Almost like having your own private little paradise. There is a restaurant upstairs with terrific fresh food and amazing drinks that you can take out on the beach every day to watch the most beautiful sun sets.

They have daily classes including boot camp on the beach and yoga in their own glassed in studio. There are several restaurants next door and there is even an organic health smoothie bar next door where they also make homemade granola bars (perfect to take out on the beach as they don't melt). There is a little bit for everyone in Playa Grande. It is small but peaceful - except when the monkeys are howling! Make sure you go to Frijoles Loco's to rent your bikes and surf boards as they have the best selection around and have great instructors as well.

Can't wait to go back for another visit of perfect, peaceful, WARM and awesome surfing vacation!

Room Tip: all rooms are good - but rooms that are the deluxe rooms have 2 queen beds
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank Julie R
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RipleyCostaRica, Manager at Hotel RipJack Inn, responded to this review, 16 March 2014
Dear Julie, thank you for your amazing review about the RipJack and our community. We love that you enjoyed everything Playa Grande has to offer. It is knowing that together we can make someone's vacation that special, that keeps us doing what we do. Pura vida!
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Miami, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

My mother and I were supposed to stay here for only 2 days and we ended up staying a week. We loved it! Playa Grande was such a beautiful and just perfect beach. RipJack is on the beach. There is a great restaurant upstairs. The staff is soo nice and made our stay so pleasant. We stayed in the bungalow, it was just perfect, especially with my puppy! I spent 6 weeks in Costa Rica and my week in Playa Grande was my favorite and just special. RipJack Inn is wonderful!

Room Tip: Bungalow is great!
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank EleonoraPavlina
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RipleyCostaRica, Manager at Hotel RipJack Inn, responded to this review, 26 February 2014
Wow, thank you for this fantastic review and ranking. We are super excited to hear that your week in Playa Grande and with us at the RipJack was your best week in Costa Rica. Give your puppy a cuddle from all of us and say hi to your mom! See you again. Pura Vida!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2014

this place is paradise....yoga and surfing and hammocks hanging all over.... the staff is so friendly and attentive, the place is clean and the weather is perfect. The food is good. I had an amazing time I left feeling so relaxed I will return again. the beach is perfect. I went solo and meet great people..... if you are looking for a little yoga and a little tan and surfing, and a place to sleep in a hammock in the afternoon under a few palm trees this is the place.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled solo
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Thank Manonmarie
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RipleyCostaRica, Manager at Hotel RipJack Inn, responded to this review, 26 February 2014
Hi Manon, merci beaucoup for your great review. Just reading this makes us feel relaxed ;-) We know we are blessed to be working in such a beautiful place and to meet such amazing people like you. We love that you loved it and we are looking forward to having you stay with us again! Until then, take care and pura vida!
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

We planned to stay at Playa Grande because this place is so beautiful - my personal favourite beach in Costa Rica.

Rip Jack Inn is basically on the beach. We stayed at the bungalow, which is a nice and private place to stay, suitable for a family. It is just next to the restaurant/bar but we did not have any noise-problems. The restaurant was great and we had our best food-experiences in Costa Rica there. I would not suggest going to Tamarindo to look for a restaurant, because you have everything and more in Rip Jack Inn restaurant.
The staff of the hotel was very frendly and helpful. The pools and hammocks in the garden are in place if you want to relax and yoga class is excellent alternative to swimming and surfing.
I would suggest this place to everybody!

Room Tip: The rooms beside the pool are fine and the beds are large enough to accommodate 2 adults and 2 small...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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RipleyCostaRica, Manager at Hotel RipJack Inn, responded to this review, 16 February 2014
Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. You and your family were great guests and we loved having you here. Your compliments about the hotel and the restaurant mean a lot to us and we appreciate you recommending the RipJack to other travelers. We hope to see you again! Pura Vida
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Santa Barbara, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2014

Such a great place! Perfect location and really nice people who are there to help with any needs! They even had a great flamenco guitarist to serenade us during dinner at their amazing second story treehouse style restaurant...magical!!!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Chris F
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RipleyCostaRica, Manager at Hotel RipJack Inn, responded to this review, 16 February 2014
Thanks, Chris. We are happy to see that you really enjoyed your time with us. The RipJack is grateful for all those amazing artists that come and play for our guests. Great that you got to experience one of them ;-) Hasta la proxima. Pura Vida!
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Property: Hotel RipJack Inn
Address: 50m Al Sur de Oficna de Minae, Playa Grande, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Guanacaste > Playa Grande
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Playa Grande
#2 Family Hotel in Playa Grande
#3 Romantic Hotel in Playa Grande
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel RipJack Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
RipJack Inn is a quaint 21 room owner operated hotel located only 75 yards from the ocean. Our rooms are each individually decorated and come equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fans, coffee makers, in room safes and outdoor patios. With the exception of our standard rooms each room also has cable TV and mini-fridge. Rooms can all accommodate a minimum of three or five guests depend the type of the room. RipJack inn offers a full service restaurant with some of the best food in the country with a heavy emphasis on fresh local seafood. During your stay take advantage of our on-site yoga, massage and surf lessons. RipJack Inn can also help you arrange all of your activiites including sailing, golfing, diving, sport fishin and much more.We are located just one hour from the Liberia International Airport (LIR) or 20 minutes from the Tamarindo Airport (domestic). Playa Grande is a laid back quiet beach town that is also part of the National Park created to protect the endangered Leatherback turtles. Nesting season is between October and February. ... more   less 
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