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    Jaco Taco

    Decent Mexican food (for Costa Rica), overpriced.

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    Steve and his wife are great hosts , and the upstairs is a special place in Costa Rica if you are not fond of the smoking law. Steve does his best to get all the sports in English and it was a great place to watch the playoffs and superbowl. They had specials 5 imperial for 5000 and other food specials.

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    Jaco Taco is an O.K. place. I've hung out there before.

    But... Yep... It's a straight-up tourist trap, although that's certainly not unusual in Jaco.

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    Ate their once last week.. $65.16 for a party of 5..had the place to ourselves..location at the extreme north end of pastor diaz is a negative but i thought the food and service was superior to its similiar competition in Kokomo 's and Los Amigos

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaco Hank View Post
    Ate their once last week.. $65.16 for a party of 5..had the place to ourselves..location at the extreme north end of pastor diaz is a negative but i thought the food and service was superior to its similiar competition in Kokomo 's and Los Amigos
    That is actually a good thing to hear. I hope to get some more reports, too. I've been lurking around CRT, ISG, and lots of other boards -- including non-monger boards, as well. I've already stayed at Croc's twice, and I'll be down for a third stay in just a few days. You bet I'll run by Jaco Taco, Clarita's, Copacabana, whatever passes for the Beatle Bar these days, and a few other venues on the north side while I'm there.

    So far, everyone has been very tight-lipped, but I'll be monitoring Jaco very carefully between now and early November, when the next High Season begins winding up. In my two scouting trips to Croc's so far, and with a few other scouts that I work with, who have also visited Croc's, here is what we have seen and learned...

    If Beatle Bar is France, and Hotel Cocal is the United Kingdom, then Croc's is Starfleet, the Galactic Empire from Star Wars, and the aliens from Independence Day... all rolled into one.

    Mark my words on this one folks... and if I'm wrong, I'll eat those words and admit that I was wrong... but I am NOT wrong...

    Croc's is a GOD among ANTS in Jaco right now. Their facility, and their entire operation, from top to bottom... is so slickly organized, so professionally staffed, and so ridiculously over-funded, that the only question that remains is, "What is their play?" Croc's may very well choose to keep its nose north of Diaz for all eternity, out of everyone else's business. It can afford to do that. It's a mega-complex that literally has everything an entire small town could ever possibly need, not to mention the only casino in Costa Rica that I have EVER seen run even close to Vegas standards.

    From top to bottom, the place is so far above anything else in Jaco that it's ridiculous to even make a comparison. That pretty much goes for everything in San José as well.

    Costa Rica is no longer a low-cost party destination, folks. The Big Dogs have finally noticed CR, and the secret is OUT! Four Seasons in Guanacaste, rich celebrities in Santa Teresa, Los Sueños in Herradura... You have to admit... Who didn't see this coming?

    So here we are, watching Croc's loom over the rest of Jaco, glaring at Cocal, Best Western, and Morgan's Cove, in the same way that a 12-year-old boy with a magnifying glass glares at an anthill... "Should I... or Shouldn't I?"

    So... Which will it be? Is Croc's content with what it has? Will it try to take over the monger market? Or will it try to drive the working girls and the mongers out of Jaco completely?

    Well... Those are the big questions... And anyone who has the answers is not making a peep. I spoke to one of the managers at Croc's one month ago about the working girls, and his response was something along the lines of, "We don't condone that sort of activity, but we aren't stopping anyone at the door." Meanwhile, the working girls were filling up the Disco ("Holy Moly", I think it is). I've already banged two of the casino dealers and one of the bartenders at Croc's, and guys... it wasn't that hard. If a weak-stick with no game like me can do it, then you can too!

    I walked up to the portico one night at 6 p.m. to request a taxi. There were already 10 people waiting. People were walking up behind me. Every 30 seconds, the valet was on the cellphone, "We need ANOTHER taxi here, ASAP!" People were going to Cocal, Hicaco, Langosta's, Los Sueños, etc. Finally, a line of taxis showed up -- an ARMY of taxis... and the taxis still couldn't load people as fast as they were showing up. The next time that I went to Croc's, there was a taxi stand at the entrance.

    Clarita's and Copacabana are right there. So is Croc's going to try to draw them into a party Mecca, smart-bomb them out of existence, or just ignore them?

    Don't misunderstand me here... I don't even like Croc's that much, although it is a nice place. I'm just dispensing the facts. This is a nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine in a town full of rowboats. I just want to know what their move is before anyone else does, so that I can take advantage of it.
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    Speedy I don't understand your reference to a tourist trap. Your use of the phrase tourist trap makes me wonder if you have ever been there or are talking second hand.. Jaco taco is the farthest thing from a tourist trap. They have a regular crowd of gringos that hang out there some with their wifes some with working girls. At 3 am its mostly people that work in town because they are the only place open 24 hours. It can get a little sketchy in there at that time. I certainly feel I get a good bang for my buck there.

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    Speedy I don't understand your reference to a tourist trap. Your use of the phrase tourist trap makes me wonder if you have ever been there or are talking second hand.. Jaco taco is the farthest thing from a tourist trap. They have a regular crowd of gringos that hang out there some with their wifes some with working girls. At 3 am its mostly people that work in town because they are the only place open 24 hours. It can get a little sketchy in there at that time. I certainly feel I get a good bang for my buck there.
    Now if you want a tourist trap le loft is one , with their watered down overpriced drinks and rotgut liquor poured into name brand bottles.

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    pokerplayer17...

    We may just have a different definition of tourist trap, which is OK. I see many of the same things that you see when you go in... regular crowd of Gringos, some with working girls, etc. There are other places that are open 24 hours, but they are few, I admit. As I said earlier, it's an OK place. When I say "Tourist Trap," that doesn't necessarily mean that it sucks. Jaco Taco doesn't suck. It's just not what I would consider to be any kind of "real" Costa Rican or Mexican joint... and that's OK, too. To me, it's the kind of place that is a haven for Gringos, particularly Gringo Mongers, and that just fits into my definition of tourist trap. There's nothing wrong with any of that or with anybody.

    Le Loft is more of what i would call a "Clip Joint," and I would have a lot more bad words to say about them.

    Don't misunderstand me, here. I definitely don't want to turn this into another "Hater Board" like CRT. I respect your opinion. I know Jaco Taco, and I have a different opinion of it, and that's cool by me. Let people read both of our comments, try the place for themselves, and make their own decisions.

    As for how many times I've been into both Jaco Taco and Le Loft... I'd probably cry if I actually added up the numbers... it's A LOT.

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    no offense intended, I wasn't trying to turn this into CRT either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pokerplayer17 View Post
    no offense intended, I wasn't trying to turn this into CRT either.
    Then... No offense taken... And thank you for saying so...

    One thing that is surely true is that a person who wanders into a bar, a tourist who visits a bar on occasional visits, a guy who visits a bar occasionally for the purpose of evaluating it from a business perspective (like me), and a guy who is a regular at a bar (possibly like you?) -- we all have a different perspective of that bar, and we perceive it in different ways. The same goes for airlines, hotels, restaurants, and any other hospitality or service business. And... as I have discovered... the person least likely to be in touch with the "feel" of an establishment is its Owner.


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    I realize that I've changed the topic a bit, but this is relevant to what's going on in Jaco right now...


    I've always been involved in the travel business, but my Dad started a "bricks and mortar" retail business over 30 years ago, and it's still going. My Dad has had a lot of issues with his business, but it has succeeded. However, the one lesson that I "learned" from my Dad's business was that anonymity is the most powerful tool in business. I put "learned" in quotes, because a lot of people don't agree with my opinion. If I were given the opportunity to start a business of any kind... Retail, Hotel, Bar, Airline, etc... my Number ONE rule would be, "No One Will EVER Know that I Am the Owner of this Business!"

    From the very first moment that you start meeting people face-to-face, you start selling yourself instead of the business. So, is your business solid or not? Or do people just buy your product because you are selling it? I realize that a lot of people disagree with me on this point. However... Let's look at the most successful businesses on the planet. Sure... Microsoft and Apple were tied to famous names, but those guys are gone now, and those companies -- lucky for them -- managed to detach themselves from those names.

    OK... Now let's look at some other companies... Coca-Cola, Nabisco, Bank of America, Royal Dutch Shell, Sony...

    Now, I'm sure that a lot of guys in those industries or who are involved in the stock market could tell you who runs those companies.

    I'm also sure that I and about 7 Billion other people have NO CLUE who runs those companies.
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