Cabinas Las Arenas - The Surfing Hotel

2 stars
400 MS Pochotal School, Playa Hermosa, Jaco,
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
2.8
out of 5
8 reviews
Just the essentials great surf no croud!

Amazing people great surf away from the crowds of Jaco! No it's not your average america in a box... See full review

  • mj0473
  • Mar 27, 2011
Cabinas las arenas is value

Make sure you lock up everything of value, although there were no thefts at this hotel...there was... See full review

  • Anonymous
  • Aug 27, 2008
Simple, affordable surf lodge overlooks great beach breaks outside Jaco

The rustic surf lodge Cabinas Las Arenas sits on Hermosa Beach in Costa Rica's Puntarenas province. Located south of Jaco, Cabinas Las Arenas overlooks the open Pacific from the mouth of the Nicoya Gulf. The affordable hotel offers basic cabins and amenities, and easy access to local water sports and adventure tours. Surfers can paddle out from the beach to catch great waves, while topside adventurers can drive to national parks, volcanoes and tropical forests. Cabinas Las Arenas features an on-site restaurant, surf shop and free Internet access.

Highlights
  • Beachfront location on Playa Hermosa Beach
  • On-site surf shop with board rentals
  • Free Internet access available in public areas
  • On-site restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Suites available
Rooms

As a budget surf lodge, Cabinas Las Arenas offers 10 large cabins with very basic furnishings and amenities. The standard guest rooms can sleep 4-each has one double bed and two twins-while the suites accommodate up to 3 with each featuring one double and one twin bed. All rooms have private bathrooms with hot and cold water and ceiling fans. Suites have air conditioning, mini-refrigerators and cable TVs.

Features

Cabinas Las Arenas offers a simple escape on the beach just south of Jaco. This rustic beachfront lodge sits along the main highway from San Jose. The property features a full-service restaurant, Dos Gringos Restaurante, with reasonably priced meals. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday. Primarily a surf lodge, Cabinas Las Arenas has an on-site surf shop with board rentals. The property also has an outdoor BBQ area, and free Internet access. The owner can make arrangements for transfers and tours to the surrounding towns, national parks, and attractions.

Transportation
  • Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Jose (55.3 mi/88.5 km)
  • Coca Cola Bus Terminal, San Jose (64.4 mi/103 km)
Attractions
  • Playa Jaco (4.4 mi/7 km)
  • Carara Biological Reserve (15.5 mi/24.8 km)
  • Jungle Crocodile Safari (16.6 mi/26.6 km)

 

Cabinas Las Arenas - The Surfing Hotel Rooms

Suite
Rooms offer 1 double bed and 1 Twin bed along with own private bathrooms, ceiling fans and unpgraded fixtures and furniture. Exceptional ocean views only 100 meters from the beach.
Standard
Rooms offer 1 double bed and 1 Twin bed along with own private bathrooms, ceiling fans.

Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • Airport shuttle
  • Free parking
Dining
Restaurant
Internet
High-speed internet
Transportation
Airport shuttle
Parking
Free parking

Hotel Map

9.6085 -84.6191
Area served
Playa Hermosa, Playa Jaco Central Pacific Costa Rica Area.
Nearby airports
San Jose International Airport, only 2 hours away.
Area description
Cabinas Las Arenas - The Surfers Hotel is centrally located in Playa Hermosa, and adjacent to the main highway to San Jose. Cabinas Las Arenas Playa Hermosa is located near Playa Jaco in the province of Punteranas.

Dining

Restaurant
A full service restaurant with great ocean views, offering American and Costa Rican food, and featuring reggae music and surf movies daily.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
Check-out:
1300

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (8)

Ratings and reviews for Cabinas Las Arenas - The Surfing Hotel

Overall score

2.8 / 5
5.01.0
8 out of 8
Amenities:
2.1
Room cleanliness:
2.5
Hotel staff:
3.5
Room comfort:
2.1
Location:
4
Value:
3.8

50% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
mj0473
Business
Cocoa Beach Florida
Mar 27, 2011

Just the essentials great surf no croud!

Amazing people great surf away from the crowds of Jaco! No it's not your average america in a box hotel. Showers might get chilly there's no AC in half the rooms but you don't need it. It's quaint, quite, cheep beer, just a nice place to relax and surf. Theres only about four really small hotels here a grocery store and a tiny community of probably 5 houses but if you really want to go out and party Jaco is 1.5 miles away. I'll definitely be going back!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
New York, N.Y.
Sep 22, 2009

our opinion

Well for the most part we went the beach. The beach near the hotel was really for surfers. Someone recommended a beach nearby that was more calm so that was where we spent our week. I suggest having at least a 25 inch tv with basic cable, incase it rains and we have to stay inside instead we hung out in front of our door on the porch talking and having a few drinks. Don't get me wrong we enjoyed ourselves but it would of been nice to watch a movie. Another suggestion is a microwave. Not everyone can eat Tipical food.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
2
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

A little more American food.

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
captian tag
Business
columbia, missouri,usa
Sep 9, 2009

san jose trip- i changed hotel

i did not stay here for the folowwing reasons: it was two hours from san jose. the rooms were not air conditioned. it was a surfers hotel. what i wanted to do would have cost twice as much at this location. i wanted a hotel in san jose so i would be able to do what i wanted to do.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
1
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

if you are interested in casual unplanned stay and you do not care abot accommadations then stay here. very cheap room rates

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Chillo
Business
Phoenix, AZ.
May 17, 2009

stay tips

I was there in March 2009. The location was excellent. Right next to the beach. Middle of all the attractions that i wanted to drive to. Okay here we go about the room. First night arrived late, and the key to the room was in the room key. The room was hot and humid. the beds were old, there is no glass window, and privacy was a concern, both sound and view. Outside light kept me awake. The bathroom had mold, the shower head heating element power went out once. There were two dogs always by the door. there are no towels, or soap or shampoo in the room. There was a $20 room key deposit (cash). After all that, I wish i was there now! You get used to the climate, the beds are comfortable once you put your own sheets down, the windows are easily covered by the other beds sheets. The shower heater, well, please ask the manager on how to use it. it does have three settings on the shower head itself. if you are short, you may not see it. The dogs are friendly, the people are friendly. Beautifull women go to that place to surf, and watch the surfers. Breakfast was awesome. Right next door is a kitchen restaurant by the beach. One morning i was having breakfast and two macaws kept flying by! Beautifull people at breakfast, and yes the two dogs too. The room is ideal for surfers that only care to be there to surf. If you can get used to it, its a memorable place. Would i stay there again, no. I would stay at the other coast of costa rica to explore that side. Staying there was an experience. in the begining it was a nightmare, but in the end, i wish i was there now.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

buy car insurance at the same time you rent a car through orbitz. Skip on the butterfly garden at monteverde. Check your credit card for international fees they may impose for using your card at costa rica. Arrange meeting with manager before checking out to ensure you get your $20 room key deposit back.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Vinella21
Business
Jersey USA
May 12, 2009

Great value for the Adventurous types

This was a great cabana for adventurous travelers looking for good surf and low price. If a tropical resort similar to Atlantis Bahamas is what you seek, run the other way. As a young guy interested in good surf, I didn't mind going back to a cabana with less than appealing linens and no signs of any house keeping whatsoever- oh, and most rooms were without AC in a part of Costa Rica that has the climate of a humid & hot rain forest. If you aren't scared away by the above, then, in all honesty, Cabinas las Arenas is a good value and a good time.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The small beach side restaurant literally next door to the cabana offered delicious food at a very affordable price.

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Review of Cabinas Las Arenas - The Surfing Hotel

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Amman, Jordan
Mar 14, 2009

Cabinas Las Arenas, Playa Hermosa, C.R.

Glad you wrote; been trying to contact your since we returned from Costa Rica. Our experience with hotel, although the staff was understanding, was VERY unsatisfactory. I had sought on the web, thought I had found, then booked (thru Orbitz) a nice quiet place on the beach where my wife and I could enjoy several days. The ad on Las Arenas seemed right. But when we arrived, the first thing the "Asst Manager" said was "Man, this place isn't for you!" (My wife and I are in early 60s.) It was just another seedy surfer hangout; dark, noisy rooms filled with bunks, no pool (not even deck chairs for the beach). I have taken several pictures which I will share if given a chance. The clerk said he understood (though NO REFUND) and recommended a number of better-suited places, which we took advantage of (interesting that the price was about the same.) We're not happy with your research...and expect a refund or at least a voucher toward a future Orbitz purchase. Come on; you can do better! Paul Johnson

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
3
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Cabinas Las Arenas - The Surfing Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Mount Pleasant
Aug 27, 2008

Cabinas las arenas is value

Make sure you lock up everything of value, although there were no thefts at this hotel...there was plenty of thefts everywhere in Jaco and Playa hermosa. The manager, is very hospitable and very friendly. Great place to go and surf, rooms only have the bare essentials so bring a towell and be prepared to spend a lot of time in the water. Staff was awesome!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Nightlife tip: Short drive from hotel

Jaco is only a couple of km away...good places to eat and hang out, shoot pool.

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
bridgitte
Business
Newark, NJ
Dec 19, 2007

Better options next door

The staff was very friendly, which compensated for the discomfort of the living quarters. The hot water was not working & it did not get fixed for 2 days. I had to pack & unpack 5 times when I was offered to move to a new room but it never happened. I was disappointed that a reasonable adjustment was not offered for the inconvenience. The room was never cleaned even after I made a request. Ask for towels, no soap or shampoo is provided. Guests were very loud (along with the owner who had joined them) hanging out in the hallway. It is common sense to not have a social gathering disturbing others outside of their door. There were no closets & only 2 hooks. one small mirror in the bathroom & one electric outlet. Location was perfect with bus stop outside & some major attractions were conveniently within walking distance. The beach was clean & beautiful. Restaurants served good food & the backyard hotel offered a very good social atmosphere. There was trash everywhere (but that is just Costa Rica in general). People don't know how to use trash cans. The area was safe & friendly overall. I would not mind returning because it wasn't horrible but there were very economical hotels / cabanas next door which offered much higher level accomodations & upgrades. You will be fine if your expectations are low.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Must try canopy & ATV tours! Go to Jaco to a small stand called Tour mart a few steps from King Tours. It was recommended by King's employee & tours are $20 less. Visit neighboring towns such as Herradura. The dehli in Jaco off of main street - $3 huge plate of tipical food.

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