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Located a couple blocks inland from the water, on the south end of Jacó, this hotel is a favorite of surfers, backpackers, and budget travelers of all stripes. Clean, well-kept rooms surround a central courtyard with a popular—albeit small—plunge pool. A couple of rooms come with their own kitchenette, but there’s also a communal kitchen for all guests. The best room here is the second-floor one-bedroom studio, with its own private veranda. Owners Mike and Celine are very hands-on, and also run a surf school, Tortuga Surf.