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    Jaco stop

    I had a nice trip back to Costa Rica, my first since 2007. I made an impromptu trip to Jaco for a couple of days and thought I'd share some useful info. I was last in Jaco in 2005 and barely recognized the place. The dusty gravel road is now paved. The hotel I stayed at in 2005, Mango Mar, is still there. It's on the Ocean, right next the Hotel / Casino Cocal. The Mango Mar is guest friendly, clean and cheap.

    In 2005, the Beatle Bar was the place. Now, Cocal gets all the action. I walked through Cocal's casino without seeing anything. Then I opened to the door the pool area. Crowded into a tight group of about a hundred ladies and ten men around a bar, I saw some of the Latin Amerca's finest. There were some stunning ladies here but I had a hard time looking around without being constantly harassed."Hey baby, where you from?" I must have been grabbed a dozen times before I was able to buy my first beer. This was about 7:00 pm Later in the evening, the scene is a little more relaxed. For guys with deep pockets, this may be one of the easiest places in the world to bang a smokin' hot chica.

    As I walked around town at night, I visited a number of non-monger bars and clubs. Nightlife has really improved in Jaco from my last trip. If you have game, there a tons of young international travelers looking to hook up. The Tuesday I was there was rockin'. Wednesday was more mellow. Despite being offered drugs a million times, I felt safe walking around Jaco at night.

    I found a sketchy Tico bar off an alley near Hotel Cocal. It's in back of Cabinas El Recreo. This place is the opposite of pool bar at Cocal. Dark, loud and dirty, I met a number of ladies there that were probably at The Beatle Bar the last time I was in Jaco. I doubt any of them were under the age of 30. If you don't mind girls with a lot of miles on them, there were some attractive (and not so attractive) ladies for a fraction of what the ones at Cocal cost. They can also be found at The Patio Bar a. K. A. The old Beatle Bar. A lot has been written about how expensive the ladies are in Jaco on here. It's possible to have a good time in Jaco on a budget as long as you're not looking for top-shelf pussy.

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    I was very briefly in Jaco this week, scouting some resorts and villas in the area. I heard a rumor from a long-time resident of Jaco, which I questioned another Jaco friend about, and he said it was also true.

    That said, this is a RUMOR. I was only in Jaco for about 2 hours, meeting a couple of resort and villa owners on business, so I did not have time to investigate. So I thought I would put this out there with that caveat, in the hopes that someone in Jaco can confirm or dispel it, and provide more details.

    The rumor is that the Beatle Bar will be open once again in about 2 weeks. Whether this means in the old location (I assume) or another location, and whether it will be the same concept -- my sources were not sure.

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    I heard the same thing. People in the know watching different stages of readiness.

    It will be interesting to see if it can make a show of things again. The Cocal has dominated for a couple of years, getting that market share back will be tough. Most of the mongering public have moved on.

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    I know they have been fixing it up this past month and is to be open "soon". Might be the place after the Cocal bar closes at midnight, if they don't have a cover charge. I'll be there the end of April to see.

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    A little more on Jaco, as I have made several scouting trips there recently for business purposes. Jaco is, as most of you know, Monger Central on the Pacific Coast. I have noticed some other areas with increased Working Girl activity, but put simply, it's either Jaco, San Jose, or slim pickings. This is not an all-inclusive guide to Jaco. Rather, it is some of my more recent and/or favorite stops and experiences.

    1) Tuanis is a small family-run hotel about 4 blocks south of Cocal. If quiet and privacy are your style, this is a great option. The hotel has no running bar or restaurant, but there is an Italian restaurant across the street (discount for Tuanis guests), and a couple of good seafood restaurants at the end of the street. The free breakfast is a coupon for the Taco Bar, a few blocks away. It's a completely private hotel (unless you get room H1 -- DON'T!!) with a private parking area, huge 2nd-floor deck, ground-floor patio with a bar that you can stock yourself, and a small pool. The gringo owner and his tica wife run the whole operation with only one or two other employees. The security guy has always been really cool to me. It is not blanket chica-friendly, but the security guard will let you in with one girl, no problem. Basically, keep it discreet. The pool is de facto OPEN 24 hours -- be respectful of others. The rooms are awesome, although some of the floor plans are a little weird, due to the existing wall plumbing. If you could ever get 8 guys to come down to Jaco at one time and rent the whole hotel, that would be epic.

    2) Morgan's Cove (not the Central one, the original one) is another of my favorites for quiet times. Also not blanket friendly with the girls, but discreet is OK. Think not Presidente, but not HDR either -- think Amistad. The included breakfast is great and so are the rooms. Other than breakfast, stay away from the bar and restaurant -- too expensive. Some discounts are available for "our types."

    3) Marriott Los Suenos is a nice, yet more cookie-cutter style hotel. They run some awesome room deals during green season, and occasionally at other times. The pool is amazing. Close to Jaco, maybe a 10-minute taxi ride. You will need to check in with a girl discreetly here -- otherwise not chica friendly.

    4) Villa Caletas is, in my opinion, overpriced on their rooms. However, the resort is amazing. You will also need to check in with a girl here -- otherwise not chica friendly. If you have a girl that you trust enough to go away with for 2 or 3 nights, this is a good choice. The rooms are humdrum, unless you go for the high-dollar rooms. The restaurant and bars are expensive. The property is gorgeous, and they have an awesome setup for sunset that brings in tourists by the busload. The infinity pool is outstanding, and the private Caletas Beach is wonderful. This place is about a 15 or 20 minute ride into Jaco.

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