Hotel Croc’s Resort and Casino
What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Beachside setting with huge free-form swimming pool, which has been ranked among Costa Rica’s best
- Croc’s Habitat exhibit houses two actual crocodiles, Paco and Lola
- Guestrooms feature mod cons such as large flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and WiFi, as well as French doors with Juliet balconies with beach or mountain views
- Adacus restaurant serves Mediterranean flavors and preparations of local seafood and produce, including Aegean-style spiced octopus, Greek-grilled mahi-mahi and white marlin carpaccio.
What To Know
- Brand new hotel and casino opened in February 2015
- Free WiFi
- Jaco Beach is a 1.5-hour drive from San Jose and Juan Santamaría International Airport on a new highway
- Part of the resort is condos
- Select suites have glass-encased showers and jetted tubs
- Three restaurants and two bars on-site
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This sparkling new casino resort rises from Jaco Beach’s lovely north end on a choice slice of sand bounded to the north by a lush lagoon and rainforest-covered mountains. Soaring 17 stories, the resort comprises 152 guestrooms, 44 luxury condos, a Las Vegas–style casino, two bars, a spa, and even a disco dubbed Holy Moly. The guestrooms are spacious and sleek, with stone floors, dark wood furnishings and sand hues with pops of color in modern art pieces. Large flat-screen TVs, iPod docks and WiFi will keep you connected — or you can disconnect and throw open the French doors to your Juliet balcony, which has beach or mountain views. The bathrooms are big and bold, with glass-encased rainfall showers and jetted tubs in select suites. In keeping with the swish Vegas vibe, the vast free-form pool is over the top; it ranks among the country’s best, with three hot tubs, a slide and the nearby El Zarpe bar mixing fruity concoctions. Three restaurants have your culinary needs covered; try stylish Adacus for Mediterranean flavors and preparations of local seafood and produce such as Aegean-style spiced octopus, Greek-grilled mahi-mahi and white marlin carpaccio. When it’s time to detox, slide into the Carara Spa for a seashell massage using crushed shells to exfoliate and improve circulation, followed by a blowout in the full-service salon.
In the Area
For a taste of Tico life, stroll south along Jaco Beach and mingle with locals and weekenders, who escape to this stretch of sand from San Jose. There’s something for everybody on this beach, from surfing and volleyball to sunbathing and snorkeling. Check out the tallest waterfalls in Costa Rica at nearby Pura Vida Gardens and Waterfalls. In addition to being a protected nature park, it has a fragrant tropical garden that is a fascinating exhibit of the country’s flora. Croc’s isn’t just a catchy name — the resort is serious about Costa Rica’s crocodiles, and the on-site habitat houses two, Paco and Lola.
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Barnaby, Susan, Victor and Daniel were among all amazing staff who were very informative and welcoming. Carlos was another offering a warm smile and greeting. I can not say enough about the entire staff for both the hotel, and restaurants/casino (Starlen, Ariana, Mariruz, Marvin, Edgardo) who made my first trip to Costa Rica truly an experience to enjoy.
Went for a weekend visit, we didn’t stay in the hotel but went for dinner and drinks. I was there three years ago and it’s still quite nice. There was a nice Italian and Mexican restaurant and also a coffee shop with great desserts. There is a nice poolside bar that serves good bar food as well. The waitstaff and servers were great! We enjoyed Crocs and would definitely go back.
Awesome place. Good drinks. Nice staff.the rooms were well kept. The food was good. The drinks were well made. The beach was mainly for surfing. But the peace and the view were amazing. I will for sure pick this hotel if staying in Jaco.
Crocs was a great hotel! Very nice pool and spacious, clean rooms. The staff was very friendly and accommodating . Good food and delicious drinks everyday! Kelvin, the concierge, was extremely helpful! I had a wonderful stay:)
Our conference has been successful and the team of the hotel has been wonderful, very professional and any kind of request has been carefully followed up. The hotel is nice for business and also for holidays.
Thanks to the Croc’s team! Well done!