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Holiday Rental House -
5 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Jaco, Jaco District, Garabito Municipality, Province of Puntarenas

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Mark3467
Houston, Texas
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good times for all at Casa Rio Mar!!!”
Reviewed 30 December 2014 for a stay in December 2014

Jaco and Casa Rio Mar exceeded my expectations- Our host Jim and his staff made us feel right at home. Great for kids, teens and adults of all ages. The location can't be beat!!!! Will definitely be back in years to come!!!

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Liked best: Location and Carlos.
Liked least: Couch downstairs.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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“Great house in great location”
Reviewed 17 November 2014 for a stay in November 2014

My wife and I traveled with another couple to Casa Rio Mar. We had a great time from start to finish. Mark and Carlos had the house ready for us on our arrival. The house is very well maintained and clean. Carlos is an excellent chef and I highly recommend him. He cooks and does light housekeeping. The grounds and pool area are great. The beach is really nice and would be a great place to take young kids which we will do when we return. There is a nice outdoor bar just south of the house which we visited a few times. Casa Rio Mar is apparently a very well known property in Jaco as none of the numerous cab drivers we used during our stay ever asked for directions. They all knew where it was. Every ride to and from the house to Jaco was $4.00 total or less for the 4 of us. We felt very secure during our stay as there was a guard stationed off to the side of the house during the entirety of our time there.

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Liked best: The house and Carlos
Liked least: Having to leave
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Families with young children
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ambulatri...
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“A Jaco Beach House that's great for families”
Reviewed 22 February 2014 for a stay in February 2014

We were a group of 4 children ages 5-9 and 4 adults (2 couples), this house was perfect for us in terms of layout and amenities. Here I'll extol the virtues of this house as a family accommodation even though I can see its value as an adult party house, too (and I understand it is often rented for that purpose). It is sensibly designed for its location and climate, with an upper and lower front porch that have deep overhangs (about 8 feet) to shelter you from the intense midwinter sun. It was possible to sit on these decks on a 100 degree (F) day, while gazing at the surf, and feel comfortable. The pool, while small, is a great place to cool off and especially good for young children who don't swim well, as you can keep an eye on them. The backyard is completely fenced in and shaded, and would be a nice place to let toddlers run around, although we didn't have any children that age.

A washer and two (!) dryers allow you to keep towels and laundry moving so that you always have the fresh supply you'll need if you're going to take advantage of the many fun activities on offer in the area.

Carlos, the chef employed by the company that manages the property, and his wife Milena cooked delicious meals for us while we stayed here - breakfast and dinner. He would probably cook lunch as well but we did not ask for that.

There is wireless in the house, and although the signal is not super strong it was enough to support the 3 adults in the group on laptops who (sadly) had to check in on work periodically.

Another advantage of the house is its location within Jaco. While Jaco is a busy, commercial town full of tourists and expats (as well as native Costa Ricans), with a bustling nightlife and many restaurants, you don't need to be affected by its rowdier aspects while staying at Rio Mar because the house is located on the quieter, low-rise southern end of the beach. It is within walking distance to good surfing instruction (Surfer Factory) and right on the beach, so you can walk directly into the waves from your door.

Advice on local transport: It is easy to rent a car in Jaco as there are several rental companies, we chose not to, however, because for longer excursions TJ transfers (the company recommended by the property manager of Rio Mar) was always available and tour companies also offer transportation as part of packages. However, I *would* recommend renting a couple of bicycles with baskets, as it can be strenuous to walk into town for groceries and taxis are not always easy to find.

Now, a bit about Jaco as a destination for families. If you've read about Jaco as a haven for partygoers, it probably is, but the area also has a lot to offer families. If you are staying on the southern end of Jaco beach you can enjoy a tranquil vacation while still having access to good supermarkets, and excellent ceviche shop and some good bakeries, all likely the result of Jaco being densely populated with expats and immigrants. Because of its location on the Costanera highway it's also easy to get from Jaco to some of the calmer and more picturesque towns that lie to the south, such as Quepos and Manuel Antonio.

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Liked best: Location, overall design and layout of the house
Liked least: finishes were a little shabby and worn; bikes and a few more pool toys would have been nice
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Large groups
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DC
Reviewed 27 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013

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A romantic getaway Older travelers
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Alexandria
Reviewed 25 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013

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Dipesh P
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“This is the place!!”
Reviewed 22 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013

Stayed here from October 16th for 3 nights. If you are going to Jaco this is the place to stay. Mark the manager was great, also Carlos who comes in and cooks for you (small fee) was awesome. Im not sure how to rate this place but the best!

Dipesh Patel

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Liked best: Pool & View
Liked least: everything was perfect
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Kris6526
Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Beautiful beach house in great location”
Reviewed 8 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013
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I cannot say enough wonderful things about this beach house. We spent just under a week at Casa Rio Mar and did not want to leave! The house is beautiful and comfortably outfitted with basically everything you need. The pool is lovely and the perfect temperature. The balconies are great to sit out and enjoy the warm evenings. The laundry facilities are super handy, too, and situated separately from the house so they don't make the house too hot. Beds are super comfortable.

Be sure to enjoy a couple of meals prepared by Chef Carlos. He is professional, friendly, and makes absolutely delicious food. He could not have been more helpful during our stay. Communication before our stay was always quick and easy, as well.

The house is on the south end of the beach away from the hustle and bustle of town, but within easy walking distance if you want to check out the shops and restaurants in Jaco. The onsite security put our minds at ease, especially because some of the locks on the house weren't working.

The beach is beautiful and the water was super warm. We had an absolutely fantastic stay, and can't wait to go back.

In terms of improvements, we really couldn't have been happier. It would be helpful, though, if the house included a portable crib and maybe a high chair for the littlest guests. Also, the wifi doesn't work well upstairs.

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Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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