The Hotel Balcon del Mar is located right next to a police station in Jaco, a very dicey town on the Pacific coast. While the ocean views are lovely, crime is ever-present. Drug dealers sell on the street with impunity and there are plenty of prostitutes cruising near the hotel. My advice is to stay out of Jaco altogether. It's impossible to avoid all the craziness around you and relax. We were booked at this hotel by Sunnyland Tours - another outfit that did not meet our expectations. They should have chosen a safer haven for us; we were on our honeymoon. The rooms are very sparse and worn, and the service was dismissive.
The beach at Jaco is NOT for swimming, as the rip-tides are rough. If you're a surfer, this is the beach for you. We recommend that you stay near the national parks further South.
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- Also Known As:
- Balcon Del Mar Jaco
- Balcon Del Mar Hotel
- Hotel Balcon Del Mar Costa Rica/Jaco