Review: The Palms – Jaco

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Review: The Palms – Jaco
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After a wonderful night stay at the Marriott Costa Rica, we caught an Uber to The Palms Condominiums in Jaco, Costa Rica.  The Uber cost approximately $80 for the 90 minute ride. The ride to the west side of Costa Rica is beautiful, I assume it is the same to the east side as well.


For the first time in a long time, I did not book my hotel accommodations. I, reluctantly (just kidding), allowed Matt to take care of the hotel in Jaco. He recently applied for and received the American Express Platinum card so he could work towards the minimum spend for the 60,000 Membership Rewards points.


The Uber dropped us at the entrance of The Palms. Only vehicles of guests can enter the property.


The check-in, if we will call it that, was seamless. Matt provided his passport to the security guard for confirmation and we were given the access code to the condo.


The Palms Jaco
The Palms Jaco

When I entered the condo, it reminded me of my apartment in Kitanagusuku, Okinawa Japan. The layout was almost the same. To the left after entering, was a bedroom (mine) with a street view. In addition to the bed was a TV.

The Palms Jaco
The Palms Jaco Bedroom with Streetview

Just opposite of the room was a bathroom. Toiletries were provided. The shower had two temperatures, hot and cold, there was no in between.

The Palms Jaco
The Palms Jaco Bathroom

Outside of the bathroom, to the right was the laundry area. Washing soap and dryer sheets were provided. The dryer took longer than usual to dry clothes. On the opposite side of the laundry area was the full kitchen. There was not anything that we wanted that was not in the kitchen.

The Palms Jaco
The Palms Jaco Kitchen

Just past the kitchen was the living room. There was a couch, loveseat, chair, and TV.

The Palms Jaco
The Palms Jaco Living Room

The second bedroom (Matt’s) was located opposite of the living room. It had the same setup as the other room, but came with a great view of the Pacific Ocean.

The Palms Jaco
The Palms Jaco Oceanview Bedroom

The condo’s balcony was definitely a highlight. It had a couple of lounge chairs and a table with some chairs. There was also a dude wearing a sombrero (which he wore the entire trip) who would not get out of my picture. LOL.

The Palms Jaco
Me, near the beach…boiiii.


As far the condo, food and adult beverages can be purchased in Jaco at the supermarket. If cooking is not your thing, you could go over to Croc’s resort to eat. There are quite a few options available. We checked out the food options at Los Cuates Mexican restaurant, La Stanza Italian restaurant, and the pool bar (I am not sure where that food came from).

The Palms Jaco
Tacos at Los Cuates Restaurant
The Palms Jaco
Pasta from La Stanza
The Palms Jaco
Chicken Rice from Crocs Pool Bar


Um…we really did not work out, however, Croc’s resort allows The Palms’ guests to use their fitness center and pool.  The Pacific Ocean was there for people to take a swim, but the water seemed a bit choppy. Surfing, stand up paddle board, and parasailing were available on the beach.

Final Word

For $200 a night, The Palms was a great deal. If you want to book this property, ensure that you order weeks in advance. I enjoyed our time at The Palms in Jaco. We were able to enjoy the resort and Jaco to its fullest.

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