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
This place is very nicely built, absolutely off the main path but easy to get to.
The action rolls slower here if you want to be laid back, the rooms are all very new decor and this is not just a hotel.
Included here there is a mix of residents innourchased condo towers and then rental or hotel tower. Both are very nice as we looked at purchasing . The location on beach is also very nice. You are however completely away from the crazy nightlife so depending on how you like or do not like that you could like or dislike . The food is good, the pool and crocodile feeding is pretty awesome.... don't let kids play in wrong pool.... lol yeah no that will never happen but noteworthy to make the journey down about 11am to make sure you have a place to see the feeding of the live animals this hotel gets its name from.
The casino is totally American style however watch the style of blackjack here. They do not need to hit a soft 17
Great security . Many things to like about this place.... just wish it was about 1500 feet further south and not so hidden. For that reason you get 4.5 out 5 for me .
Croc's is a very Nice resort. The staff was great, most speak pretty good English, all were very friendly and helpful. They have a fabulous pool always spotless. There are 3 rest. to eat in all have very good food. If you are all inclusive its fine but if not They are Way Over priced, Dinner would cost you over 150 for 2 and Very Small Portions. Go all inclusive. The beds are reasonable the rooms are great, we spend very little time in the room. You can visit the National parks for a minimal bus ride cost and cabs are cheap. I personally would not recommend paying the 120 for a tour of the National parks when you can do the same thing on your own for 20 bucks. see the same thing. It is a very safe area , we walked to town every day and never felt nervous about it. We booked a King size with ocean view, we got the ocean view but 2 queens. The beach does NOT have beach chairs or umbrellas and it is dark black and red volcano sand. Not crowded at all and the sunsets are beautiful. Over all i would highly recommend the trip. Just go all inclusive. Be careful of the boat trips , national park trips, they will tell you anything and really not that great for what you pay.
Let me start with the room I booked is beautiful but that’s pretty much it. I booked a DELUXE room with a balcony expecting since I paid more I would get more, well that isn’t the case. First off EVERY other all-inclusive I have been to has the room stocked with snacks and drinks just in case you want something during off hours. NOT here. I was told the “condos” don’t have mini bars but they will send one at 9 am but if we use anything from it there is an additional charge. I asked about an in room safe, that is advertised as an amenity, and was told the “condos” don’t have in room safes. This room has a separate bedroom that has the mount, channel list and remote control for a bedroom tv without the bedroom tv. The woman at the front desk stated she didn’t know if there is supposed to be a tv in the bedroom. WELL CLEARLY SOMEONE THINKS THERE SHOULD BE. There is a full kitchen with not so much as water in it. There are two bracelet colors and if you want to upgrade it is $55 per person per night. So if you want bottle water you need to upgrade, so I have to pay $110 a night so my husband and i can have bottle water? This place has so much potential but as of right now they need some serious work.
I was not planning on using the resort for more than a place to stay. I was visiting my son, who was in a paragliding tour group, and need a place close to them. I had an ocean view balcony room and enjoyed the view, the staff was always pleasant, and used the breakfast buffet each morning. The casino was a very nice place to play and the staff there was very friendly. One thing that set me back was how hard they stated you couldn't have guests on the property at check in. With my son close, I was planning on him coming over to visit. I found out later that they stressed this because they didn't want you bringing in a type of lady guest, which I guess is legal in Costa Rica. I ended up having my son come over for dinner at the Italian restaurant and we had a nice time. The pool area and beach were very nice and if I had planned on using them, it looked like a relaxing place. One other thing that set me back was that at check in, I paid in full for my stay. Later in the week, I was getting a bottled water at the coffee shop and they said I had no credit. I was surprised I couldn't charge anything since I gave them my credit card at check in. I'm used to staying in resorts and thought that was odd. Overall a nice place but just not as welcoming as I'm used to.
Best sleep, beds too comfortable.. thought the food at the buffet was mediocre at best. We were there to celebrate valentines and expected much better.. but the staff in the pool ,snack bar made up for it all..very attentive yet not annoying..always smiling and happy, we really enjoyed sitting there.. my husband really enjoyed wilberth, they didnt have the gin my husband asked for and it was there the next day..that's customer service..then Xinia solis mora, who served us both days and she looked after us like we were in her home..extremely good server, wi