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“Always enjoy our stay, great food and bar on the beach”

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Clarita's Beach Hotel
Ranked #16 of 44 Hotels in Jaco
Certificate of Excellence
Poasito, Costa Rica
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7 reviews
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“Always enjoy our stay, great food and bar on the beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 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, travelled with friends
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 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, travelled with friends
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1 Thank David B
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San Diego, California
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10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 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, travelled solo
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Thank Matthew G
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Houston, Texas
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 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, travelled as a couple
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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 26 February 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, travelled with friends
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1 Thank Bob E
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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 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, travelled solo
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Livingston, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2014

My wife and I spent our first week in Costa Rica at Clarita's. The transfer from the airport by a service recommended by the hotel went great. The driver was a Californian who had moved to Costa Rica so needless to say he spoke English and was very helpful with information. He dropped us off at the bar and said the check in was inside. Now understand this is an open air beach front bar with loud music playing, a cute tiny Chihuahua running around, and people everywhere (it was Saturday afternoon). I went in and told one of the beautiful waitresses that we were checking in. She quickly found our reservation and asked for a $20 room damage deposit. I gave her the money and she gave me the key to room 16. I walked out and looked toward the rooms and 16 was straight ahead. The next challenge was how to get our luggage which would not roll on the gravel parking lot to our room. One of the many guys wearing a Clarita's Security tee shirt quickly discovered our problem and summoned one of his coworkers to carry our bags for us. By now I am completely wet in perspiration (definitely get air conditioned room) and ready to relax. This is definitely the right place for that! Cold beer, great drinks, fair prices, beautiful friendly waitresses, pretty pool w/waterfall that was kept clean and was never crowded (only for hotel guests). Room was small but clean, Hot water in shower only (found out this is common in CR). Bit of a walk to rest of Jaco. Food prices were good relative to other places tasted great.

Room Tip: Be sure you get A/C. The high in Feb was upper 90's.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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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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Region: 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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