Jaco Costa Rica hotel options range from high-end luxury resorts to hostels, to villa rentals. Basically, there is something for all budgets and interests.
We travel to Jaco often because it is the closest beach town to San Jose (where we live). We have figured out the best places to stay, what to look out for when booking, and which places are best to avoid.
We created this guide to give you our top choices for places to stay in Jaco that will meet all your needs.
So, let’s get to it!
Jaco Costa Rica Resorts
There aren’t many options for luxury hotels or resorts in Jaco.
Instead, if you would like to stay in this area and have the resort experience we actually suggest staying at Los Suenos resort which is located just north of town on Playa Herradura.
Los Suenos Resort
Los Suenos is a Marriott resort that also features villas and condos if you are traveling with a larger group.
A few other options in the area are:
Crocs Resort and Casino
Crocs Resort and Casino is a good Jaco, Costa Rica resort option if you want to be directly on the beach. The resort has four restaurants, two bars, direct access to the beach, and a casino for some gambling action.
Hotel Villa Caletas
Luxury at its finest! The views here are incredible. The property has a Victorian design, an infinity pool, two restaurants, and concierge service.
Best Western Jaco (All Inclusive)
Located directly on the beach, this resort features pools, a volleyball court, tennis courts, and multiple restaurants. This is the perfect place for the whole family.
For Families: Los Suenos
For a Romantic Trip: Villa Caletas
For a Group of Friends: Los Suenos or Crocs
For a Bachelor Party: Crocs Resort or los Suenos
For All-Inclusive: Best Western
Looking to learn more about visiting Jaco? Check out our complete Jaco guide with fun things to do, tips on safety, the best time of year to visit, and more!
If you are looking for mid-price range Jaco, Costa Rica hotels we suggest the following places. We created this list based on a few qualifications.
- Is it a hotel?
- Is it actually in Jaco and near the beach?
- Are the property and rooms nice?
- Does it have overall positive reviews?
We gave preference to places we have stayed in that have a pool, good cancellation policies, and in-room AC units (because, trust us, you’ll want AC).
And this is the list of hotels in Jaco that we came up with….
Top Choice: Hotel Los Ranchos
The rooms feature air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and a private bathroom. For added convenience, the apartments also boast a kitchen. There is a pool on the property and breakfast is included in your stay.
Hotel Mar de Luz
A family-friendly hotel that offers a comfortable and laid-back atmosphere. This hotel features spacious rooms, a delicious typical breakfast, an outdoor pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens, and a welcoming staff.
Havana Jacó offers accommodations featuring an outdoor swimming pool, complimentary private parking, a garden, and a terrace.
Each room has a private bathroom, a shower, a flat-screen TV, and air conditioning, with some rooms also having a balcony.
La Sirena Playa Jacó
We like this place because it is next to the beach, has a pool, the staff are excellent, and although it is close to all the action of Jaco the property feels like a little oasis.
Jaco Hotel DoceLunas
This is our suggestion for those of you who want to stay in a hotel in Jaco but don’t want to be in the downtown beach area.
This spot has a more secluded jungle vibe, but you can still get downtown or to the beach within a 5-minute drive.
The property is 5 acres, has a pool, and breakfast is included.
Budget-Friendly Hotels and Hostels
For solo travelers and backpackers, you might consider a hostel in Jaco. Here are our top choices for budget-friendly places with shared and private room options.
Top Choice: Hotel Perico Azul & Surf Camp
A relaxed hotel with pool, shared barbecue area, shared kitchen, a lounge and a small dining room. It is possible to book surfing lessons or rent a board here.
Hotel Adventure Lodge
This hotel offers private rooms or a bed in mixed dorms. The property has a nice lounge area, outdoor pool, and restaurant.
This hotel is located a few minutes outside of the downtown area. There is a pool, nice peaceful garden area, and the staff are excellent.
Condo Vacation Rentals
There are a lot of condominium complexes in the Jaco. It is very normal for people to have condos that they rent out as vacation rentals on Airbnb or VRBO.
We think getting a condo is a great idea if you want the amenities of a hotel but with a bit more private space and your own kitchen.
A few of our favorite condo options are:
One Bedroom Condos
Two Bedroom Condos
Three Bedroom Condos
+ Three Bedroom Condos
House Vacation Rentals
If you are a family traveling with between four and eight people who would like their own space and maybe a private pool, these listings are for you!
A 3 bedroom, 2 bath home that sleeps six guests. Note that this rental is only for adults.
We especially like this place for the nice outdoor area. There is a pool, grill, covered seating area, and nice garden. It is about a 12-minute walk from here to the beach.
A 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home that can sleep up to eight guests. It is a family-friendly rental.
This place is great if you would like to stay directly on Jaco Beach. We also like that it has a private pool.
La Flor Paradise Villa & Surf
A 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home in a gated community.
This home does not have a private pool, but there is a community pool and large rancho area that guests are welcome to use.
A 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom house that can sleep up to 9 guests.
This home features a private pool, a large rancho, and a grill area. Keep in mind that this home is not directly on the beach. It is about a 10-minute walk
The Beach House
A 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom house.
We like that this place is in a private gated community with community amenities (such as a shared pool) but the home also has a private pool. The hosts here are excellent and will take great care to make sure you have everything you need for a comfortable stay.
Large Villa Vacation Rentals
If you are planning a wedding, bachelor/bachelorette party, a trip with a big group of friends, or a family reunion; these are our Jaco villa recommendations for you.
14 Bed Compound Oasis
An 8 bedroom/ 4 bath home that can sleep 18 guests just steps from the beach. The property amenities include a private pool & hot tub, basketball court, steam room, pool table, outdoor bar, foosball table, & an outdoor movie theatre
A 9 bedroom/ 10 bath home (yes….10 bathrooms!) that can sleep up to 18 guests. This property is located directly on the beach and there is a courtyard with a private pool.
A 6 bedroom/ 5 bath home that sleeps 12. It is just steps from the beach and there is a private pool.
A five-bedroom / five-bathroom home that can sleep up to 12 guests. This home is pure fun. There is an infinity pool, hot tub, pool table, golf cart usage included in the price, and great views of the Pacific Coast.
Jaco Costa Rica Retreats
Jaco, Costa Rica is a great place to go surfing. Alternatively, the small nearby beaches and dense jungle offer the perfect peaceful backdrop for yoga and rejuvenation.
Here are four excellent multi-day retreat options in the area.
Things to Know Before Booking a Jaco Costa Rica Hotel
– Most of the places we listed are located in downtown Jaco near the beach. Just keep in mind that Jaco has an active nightlife scene. If you want to be assured that your stay will be quiet in the evenings we suggest staying in a gated community, high-rise condo, or in a place located a bit out of the downtown area.
– The town is easy to walk, so you most likely don’t need a rental car if you plan on just staying in Jaco. However, we really think that downtown Jaco is not the nicest town in Costa Rica. But, it is a good place to stay to jump off to other activities. For that, you will most likely want a rental car.
– We tried to only include places with good cancellation policies, but always check before booking.
Conclusion: Jaco Costa Rica Hotels
In conclusion, there is a hotel, condo, and villa option for all travel styles in Jaco, Costa Rica.
This area is a bustling beach town with an active nightlife scene. But, it is possible to stay here and get away from the action with a hotel in the jungle.
If you have any questions about planning your trip to Jaco, don’t hesitate to ask in the comment section below. We are always happy to help you out!
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