This hip hostel at the southern end of Jacó beach can make an old guy feel young again, with happy, drinking 20-somethings filling the pool and bar as if it’s perpetually spring break. Despite the gaudy wave-like outcroppings on the exterior of the four-story building, the hotel has a futuristic feel thanks to its motion-sensing lights and sleek, glass-and-steel design. Room2Board has a big poolside screen showing games, events, and surfing, and an upstairs room doubles as a movie theater and yoga space, plus a communal kitchen. Call ahead if looking to save money, because the $16 shared dorms can fill up and leave you looking at a private room closer to $80. As you might guess from the double-entendre name, Room2Board has a surf school and board rentals and is a block from the ocean. Just a few rules: No pets, no prostitutes, and no children under 14.
Playa de Jaco
Playa de Jaco› Hotel
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Phone 2643-4949 Prices Dorm rooms $16–$28; private room with shared bathroom $68–$79; with private bathroom $65–$79 Amenities Restaurant; bar; pool; surf school; laundry service; bike rental; free Wi-Fi Units 21 units Web site Room2Board
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