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.
How to Get There
It is worth visiting, the excellent breakfast, good location, very good customer service and the super clean pool. Of course I would go again. There is no complaint, we are very satisfied with everything
This was definitely a nice hotel. We had a good time here. Definitely upscale. We went to the spa. The pedicure was not that great and the services were not like in the US but everyone was very friendly and the place was nice. The room was nice
Very clean, wonderful sized rooms, staff very friendly. Better service by the pool is recommended, we had to go order our drinks and food at Pool bar. Our casino experience was awesome with friendly dealers and blackjack tables starting at $5.00! Overall, had a great experience!
We have come spontaneously to Jaco and we loved this hotel! Many thanks to the friendly staff, to the management and thanks for everything! It is perfectly located - right next to the beach, walking distance to bars/restaurants!
The only thing the management could improve, though: get rid of the jerk on the entrance - his behaviour is unfriendly, he pretends to be the boss of the hotel - which would be okay - but he treats „his“ female staff as they would not be able to manage anything.
I have been coming to Costa Rica every April over the years and I remember watching Crocs as a project getting built from the ground up. This year I got my chance to stay one night at the hotel. I found the rooms to be quite adequate...comfortable bed, great Air Conditioning, nice view of the ocean and upscale bathroom. The bellhop was accommodating and available for any other needs you might have had beside the luggage. Check in was pleasant and friendly. Most of the issues I had were with the bar staff and the Italian restaurant. There is a nice big bar area in the center of the hotel. One of the bartenders was not familiar with the 2 for 1 specials they run almost everyday even though it is posted on a large board opposite the elevator on the ground floor. She had to check and it took 5 minutes to get a drink. I was happy to see they had Johnny Walker Black and ordered one of those on the rocks (around $9). The pour was literally one inch up from the bottom of the glass...in ice, maybe two swallows. Needless to say, they lost my business ordering drinks at this bar outside of bottled beer. I ordered a chicken dish from the nearby Italian restaurant. Everything was great except the chicken itself which was a little tough and dry. Only other issue I experienced was with the lack of hot water the next morning early around 7:00 am. I they can just get a handle on this and the lack of staff training Croc's could be an excellent destination.