Best Western Jaco Beach
- What's Included
- All Inclusive Features
Location: Beachfront, 2 hours from Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose.
A friend & I recently stayed for 2 nights at the all-inclusive BW Jaco Beach. We arrived 2 hours before check in and were advised by the security guard at the driveway gate that we would be charged $50 each ($100) if we checked in early or we could leave & come back at 3pm. We left and went for a walk around town. The location is great, the grounds are kept very nice and the rooms & facilities were all fine. They had good breakfast & dinner buffets (we didn't make it for a lunch) and the bars made good-tasting, strong drinks. Some of the staff is bi-lingual but most seemed to know only a few words here & there. The security posted by the beach access prevented anyone from taking alcohol down onto the beach. I understand rules but lots of people down on the beach were drinking. The pool was very warm, not at all refreshing. Overall it was a nice place to stay but I'll probably try someplace else next trip!
We stayed at the BWJB from Wed., May 17 thru Mon., May 22, 2017. This trip was booked thru Gate 1 Travel as an “"independent tour,” meaning Gate 1 booked our air & room and we did the rest. We had an option to include a rent car but opted out after realizing what it was going to cost us in insurance plus wear & tear on our nerves‼Overall, I rate this place a 4.5 stars. The few “cons” that stopped me from giving it 5 stars included: 1.) the beds - if you have a bad back or like soft beds, be prepared; they are extremely firm! That said, the bedding is comfy, although thin and the pillows are very nice - and there are plenty of them. 2.) room storage - in our room (dubbed a “standard” which was a king sized bed and a twin bed) there was only a small three-drawer desk and a shelf above the hangars in the closet. There was only one small glass shelf in the bathroom. (On a side note, while the hotel provides shampoo and liquid soap, we found the quality of both less than what we're used to, so we bought hand soap & shampoo in town the 2nd day we were there.) There was a nice open vanity next to the desk in the room, so we used that counter top for most of our non-clothing storage. 3.) the beach - while the views from this hotel are spectacular, if you are envisioning lying on the beach in white sands and walking barefoot up & down, you're better off taking a day excursion somewhere else. The water is nice but there are strong currents and big waves. The beach is not sandy, it ranges from very fine to slightly coarse brown gravel. Not easy to walk on at all. Again, the views are spectacular so for us, it was definitely worth the inconvenience of no sandy beach.So now, for the “pros” - which are many. This resort is small - only 125 units, so it is more intimate & quiet than many of the larger ones. It is immaculate - you see workers constantly cleaning, grooming the landscape, scrubbing pool areas, etc. The grounds are gorgeous, lush and a pleasure to just sit & enjoy. There are birds & squirrels in abundance and we saw a few iguanas and even a couple of scarlet macaws flying overhead. In general, this area is very natural and just a pleasure to be in. Our room service was impeccable- we even had a new towel animal daily. The A/C in the rooms works great and ours was easily adjustable according to our needs. Just FYI, the guest rooms are the only air conditioned spots on the property. The food was wonderful and there was always an abundance of choices at the buffet, including wonderful fresh fruit, salads, a daily soup, several entrees & vegetable choices, an omelet and waffle station at breakfast, and of course, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The alcoholic drinks were delicious and not stingy with the alcohol. All the bartenders and dining room wait staff were very friendly and attentive. The pool bar had a snack bar grill with great burgers, hot dogs, nachos and occasionally pizza or small burritos. Speaking of the pool, while it is small, it is immaculate and more of a splash pool, only 4.5 ft deep. There is an adjacent kiddie pool. No hot tub, but we didn't miss it.As far as entertainment, there were a couple of live musicians over the weekend that we were there but we were usually pooped from the day’s activities and headed back to our rooms after dinner. There is cable TV with HBO & Cinemax and a decent number of English speaking programs to keep us entertained (although we are both bilingual and watched Spanish programming as well). The town of Jaco is a very easy walk from this resort - probably less than a mile with decent sidewalks. Jaco is a nice little town with a variety of restaurants, a couple of grocery stores, a bank, some pharmacies and of course, plenty of souvenir shopping. Some places will negotiate a bit on prices and others won't. We found the prices decent and did most of our souvenir shopping in Jaco.We took two day trips - one to Tortuga Island and one to the Arenal Volcano area. Please see my reviews of those separately on TripAdvsor. These were booked independently by yours truly on the internet prior to our arrival.Overall, we really enjoyed our stay here and would definitely come again. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.
Nice hotel. Close to everything. Good overall experience. Staff is great! The restaurant staff are exceptional and have worked here for several years. Very accommodating. Modesto and Jorge provided exceptional service.
Hotel was nice. It had well kept grounds and friendly staff. The pool was nice but very hot, in the hot weather you didn't really feel refreshed since the water was hot. The hose water was better. Great service behind the bar. The food was delicious. Good variety of food for those who eat Costa Rican food, like myself I am Costa Rica, and a blend of variety for those who don't, like my American boyfriend. The hotel was right on the beach but the beach isn't really swimmable, very rocky rough tides and manta rays. The town it self is shabby and unsafe at certain times of the night so we never felt the need to really leave the resort. Security in the resort was great and had great parking for our rental car. Staff was around 24 hours a day,
I really like this chain and I have used these hotels in other countries but, the one in Jaco is kinda old and I think it needs some maintenance. On the other hand, it has a good location, disco and all inclusive service.
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- 3 meals daily plus snacks
- All drinks (Domestic brands, Domestic beer, House Wine, 10am-11pm)
- Use of bicycles
- Boogie boards
- Pool chairs & towels
- Daily activities
- Evening entertainment
- 120 rooms in two 3 & 5-storey buildings
- 1 buffet restaurant (International)
- 2 bars including Beach bar, Snack bar
- Disco (fee)
- 1 outdoor pool
- 18-hole golf course 20 minutes away
- Meeting facilities
- 1 lit tennis court on-site
- WiFi internet
- Shopping on-site (Groceries & sundries shop)
- Exercise classes
Hotel Room has
- 1 double and 1 single bed
- Cable/Satellite TV
- In-room safe (fee)
- Full bathroom
- Coffee/tea maker
- Max occ. 3 persons
Kids Deal - Kids 17 and under stay and eat free when sharing room and existing beds with 2 adults on the All-Inclusive meal plan; pay only airfare. Max 2 kids.
For the Kids - Babysitting service (fee), Games room, Kids' section of main pool.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.
Bonus! - Daily Continental breakfast included.
Resort Location Map
Best Western Jaco BeachJaco Beach,Costa Rica
- Hotel Contacts
- Extra Info
Pastor Diaz Ave, Jaco Costa Rica
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