Hotel Carara

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Overview of Hotel Carara

Hotel Carara

3.0 star property
Tarcoles beachfront hotel with outdoor pool and restaurant

6.1/10 Good

77 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Non-smoking
  • 24/7 front desk
near Carara National Park, Tarcoles, Puntarenas, 61102
Main amenities
  • 26 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • On the beach
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor pool
  • Children's pool
  • Room service
  • Business center
  • Terrace
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Garden
  • Meeting room
For families
  • Children's pool
  • Private bathroom
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
Cleaning & Safety
  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest room stays
  • Hand sanitizer provided

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About this area

What's nearby

  • On the beach
  • Carara National Park - 6 min drive
  • Mantas Beach - 26 min drive
  • Playa Blanca - 29 min drive
  • Canopy Vista Los Suenos Adventure Park - 24 min drive
  • Herradura Beach - 21 min drive
  • Marina Los Sueños - 21 min drive
  • Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Pacific Park - 20 min drive
  • Jaco Beach - 22 min drive
  • Caldera Port - 36 min drive

Getting around

  • Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO) - 65 min drive
  • Tambor (TMU) - 26.5 miles/42.7 km

About this property

Hotel Carara

Enjoy your visit to Tarcoles with a stay at Hotel Carara. After having fun at the outdoor pool, you can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant. Other highlights include a children's pool, a terrace, and a garden. Fellow travelers say good things about the pool and beach location.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
Property is disinfected with electrostatic spray
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place
Contactless room service is available

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Individually-wrapped food options available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
Reservations are required for the use of certain onsite facilities
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At a glance

Hotel size

  • 26 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 2:30 PM - 2:30 AM
  • Express check-in/out
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is noon

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 8 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast each morning 7 AM–9 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Barbecue grills
  • Room service

Taking the kids

  • Children's pool

What to do

  • On the beach

Working away

  • Business center
  • Meeting room


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tour/ticket assistance


  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • An outdoor pool


  • Accessible bathroom
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • Television
  • Cable TV channels

Home comfort

  • Ceiling fan

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries


  • Daily housekeeping

Fees & policies

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; the property is cleaned and disinfected with electrostatic spray.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; contactless room service is available; masks are required in public areas; reservations are required for some onsite facilities.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.


This property does not have elevators.

Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a security system, and a first aid kit on site.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Hotel Carara Tarcoles
Hotel Carara
Carara Tarcoles
Hotel Carara Costa Rica/Tarcoles
Hotel Carara Hotel
Hotel Carara Tarcoles
Hotel Carara Hotel Tarcoles

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4/10 Fair

Very local place we were the only norte Americans
1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Johanna was the best host we could have had for our trip. She was so friendly and helpful, Thank you!!
2-night romance trip
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6/10 Good

A better WIFI system is very much needed. The info on your website indicates dogs welcome but when we arrived they told us dogs not allowed but they made an exception.
Mark, 2-night trip
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2/10 Poor

For the price they charged (nearly 110 US dollars per night), the hotel was poorly lit, the room was in a poor shape (bathroom in particular with mold on the ceiling, a gaping drainage hole from the shower stall, dirty shower stall), and the hotel grounds were poorly kept. It was far away from any decent restaurant. The only good thing going for it is closeness to the crocodile bridge in Tarcoles.
1-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Cerca de la playa, muy bonita la piscina. Muy bien el restaurant.
1-night family trip
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8/10 Very Good

Great value for the money. Right on the beach with a nice pool and restaurant/bar. Macaws flying overhead and the iguana perched on a porch light help with the ambience.
Margaret, 1-night family trip
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8/10 Very Good

the hotel needs repairs as well as better TVs in the rooms
1-night family trip
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8/10 Very Good

It’s old time Costa Rica right off the highway and right on the beach with a great pool to keep cool... nice breakfast, the staff is always cheerful... close enough to a Jaco without the craziness and plenty of great ceviche and seafood in the vicinity...
4-night family trip
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4/10 Fair

You get what you pay for.
Careful about using the pics to define the stay. My room was tiny, and very basic. Was okay for a single night; I wouldn't have stayed with my family however. Area is reasonable, but is essentially in the local village. The beach is behind the property, but is nothing special. There is a hammock for use as well, and the pool looked fine (I didn't swim) as did the open air restaurant (I didn't eat there, but rather just down the coast). With documented concerns for vehicle break-ins at the nearby crocodile bridge and national park parking lot, you do have to wonder about safety (although the vehicle lot does have a gate, yet I never saw it closed). Close to tourist options such as crocodile tours, the national park, and you can travel south for 5-10 minutes to get a nice meal (or experience what Jacobhas to offer). Beautiful Macaws in the area made the experience worthwhile in my case, however there's a reason the price was so inexpensive. You get what you pay for.
1-night trip
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2/10 Poor

Simply the place looked abandoned, place is very n
Erol, 1-night family trip
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