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On the beach, black sand, beach towels, beach volleyball
Outdoor pool, pool umbrellas, sun loungers

The Backyard Hotel

3 out of 5

4.5/5 Wonderful

Guests rated this property 4.5/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bar
  • Laundry

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest room stays

Explore the area

    Popular LocationHermosa Beach1 min walk
    Popular LocationEl Miro4 min drive
    Popular LocationJaco Beach4 min drive
    AirportPuntarenas (JAP-Chacarita)70 min drive

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Economy Room (Near Parking, No View)

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 King Bed

Executive Suite

5/5 guest room rating
  • 43 sq ft
  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 6
  • 1 King Bed OR 1 Queen Bed

Deluxe Room

5/5 guest room rating
  • 22 sq ft
  • Ocean view
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 King Bed OR 1 Queen Bed

About this area


Located in Jaco, The Backyard Hotel is on the beach. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Jaco Beach and Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Pacific Park. El Miro and Neo Fauna are also worth visiting. Take an opportunity to explore the area for water adventures such as surfing/boogie boarding.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Hermosa Beach - 1 min walk
  • El Miro - 4 min drive
  • Jaco Beach - 4 min drive
  • Teatro Jaco - 9 min drive
  • Neo Fauna - 10 min drive

Getting around

  • AirportJuan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO) - 90 min drive


  • Tsunami Sushi — 8 min drive
  • Amancio's — 8 min drive
  • El Recreo — 8 min drive
  • Graffiti Restro Cafe & Wine Bar — 8 min drive
  • Jaco Rustico — 8 min drive
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About this property

The Backyard Hotel

Waterfront hotel with an outdoor pool
Guests at this beach hotel will appreciate convenient onsite amenities such as a children's pool and a playground. All 8 rooms offer free WiFi and free wired Internet, plus balconies and TVs with cable channels. Minibars, coffee makers, and ceiling fans are among the other amenities available to guests.
The Backyard Hotel offers 8 air-conditioned accommodations with minibars and safes. Rooms open to balconies. Cable television is provided.

Bathrooms include showers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and ceiling fans. Housekeeping is offered daily and irons/ironing boards can be requested.

An outdoor pool and a children's pool are on site.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows industry sanitization guidelines of Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global)

Social distancing

Contactless check-in and check-out
Protective shields in place at main contact areas
Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Masks and gloves available
Hand sanitizer provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi and wired Internet
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and transportation

  • Onsite parking is wheelchair accessible
  • Onsite parking options include a garage
  • Roundtrip airport shuttle (surcharge) from 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)

Food and drink

  • 1 beach bar

Things to do

  • Beach volleyball
  • Children's pool
  • Outdoor pool
  • Playground

Family friendly

  • Children's pool
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Playground


  • Front-desk safe
  • No elevators

Guest services

  • Concierge services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry cleaning service
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Spanish


  • Beachfront location
  • Garden
  • Pool sun loungers
  • Pool umbrellas
  • Terrace


  • If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)


  • Beach towels
  • Designated smoking areas

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan
  • Linens


  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Shower
  • Towels


  • Cable channels
  • TV

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Minibar

Outdoor space

  • Balcony


  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
  • Phone
  • Safe



Check-in from 3:00 PM - midnight
Express check-in
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before noon

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Renovations and closures

The following facilities or services will be unavailable from September 9 2020 to March 1 2021 (dates subject to change):
  • Dining venue(s)

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 15 per pet, per night
Dogs and cats only
2 per room (up to 44 lbs)
Pets cannot be left unattended
Restrictions apply; for more information contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available

Property payment types

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Airport shuttle fee: USD 130 per vehicle (one way)
  • Airport shuttle fee per child: USD 130
  • Pet fee: USD 15 per pet, per night
  • Service animals are exempt from fees

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a security system, and a first aid kit

We should mention

This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section)

Property is also known as

Backyard Hotel
Backyard Hotel Jaco
Backyard Jaco
Hotel Backyard
The Backyard Hotel Jaco
The Backyard Hotel Hotel
The Backyard Hotel Hotel Jaco

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at The Backyard Hotel and receive a full refund?
Yes, The Backyard Hotel offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to The Backyard Hotel cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
How much does it cost to stay at The Backyard Hotel?
As of Jan 19, 2021, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at The Backyard Hotel on Jan 24, 2021 start from $106, excluding taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
Does The Backyard Hotel have a pool?
Yes, this property has an outdoor pool and a children's pool.
Is The Backyard Hotel pet-friendly?
Yes, this property allows cats and dogs (limit 2 per room) with a maximum weight of up to 44 lbs per pet. There's a fee of USD 15 per pet, per night. Service animals are exempt from fees.
What time is check-in at The Backyard Hotel?
Check-in is from 3:00 PM - midnight. After-hours check-in is not available.
What time is check-out at The Backyard Hotel?
Check-out is at noon.
Does The Backyard Hotel provide a shuttle to the airport?
Yes, there's an airport shuttle. A fee of USD 130 per vehicle applies.
Where is The Backyard Hotel located?
Nestled on the beach, this Jaco hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Hermosa Beach and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Jaco Beach. Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Pacific Park and El Miro are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Rating 5 - Excellent. 70 out of 113 reviews
5 - Excellent 62%
Rating 4 - Good. 31 out of 113 reviews
4 - Good 27%
Rating 3 - Okay. 7 out of 113 reviews
3 - Okay 6%
Rating 2 - Poor. 4 out of 113 reviews
2 - Poor 4%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 1 out of 113 reviews
1 - Terrible 1%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Traveled with family
Happy face iconLiked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
The Backyard is one of those places that you really hesitate to leave a review about because you don’t want everybody to discover your secret spot. After visiting the restaurant over the years we finally decided to stay in the hotel on our last trip and were not disappointed. We have stayed in much fancier places in Costa Rica but prefer the quaint, simple, relaxed quality that the Backyard offers. The staff is fantastic and attentive. The pool is great and the grounds are well kept. The hotel is only a 10 minute drive to Jaco, so it’s close enough to “run to town” but not in the middle of the tourists. The restaurant has some great dishes and the breakfast that is include is good, especially if you add an item or two to the standard eggs and gallo pinto (love it). The rooms are nice, clean and sufficient. Good A/C, good bed, plenty of room, everything you need and a bargain for the price. Besides, we spent most of the time on the beach, in the pool, in the restaurant or exploring. The beach is just off the balcony, past the pool and through the gate. Stunning. Black sandy beaches with few tourists. Read a book, soak up some sun, take a walk and watch the surfers. The only draw back is you can’t swim here in the ocean. The waves and undertow is just too strong. But man, the surf sounds are majestic when you are laying in the bed at night and in the morning. Can get a little noisy on Friday and Saturday night. Explore the town. Good falafel shop and other hiden gems.
Stayed 7 nights in Sep 2019

4/5 Good

Traveled with partner
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Sad face IconDisliked: Staff & service, amenities
Playa Hermosa is a quaint (very tiny one street 20 building) town with nothing else within 15 miles. There were 2 resturants and a pizza palor as well as a convience store open. Probably the best resturant would be the attached hotel resturant but that was also closed. Everyone in this town was very friendly and warned us that the beach is trecherous and frankly not at all attractive. We arrived Thursday and were the only guests staying at the hotel. No staff was present, which was the conditiin our whole stay, pretty much. The few times we saw the staff they were friendly. Due to current driving restrictions we could not use our car Friday or Saturday so had no options to travel from Playa Hermosa. Pros: Very clean well appointed hotel, the MOST COMFORTABLE bed I have ever slept on in the entire country! Room clean with great a/c, tv, wifi, safe and refridge. The grounds and pool are immaculatly maintained with crystal clear pool water. First night was very peacefull and enjoyed listening to the waves crash into the shore. Cons: When we arrived at the hotel we were met by the owner who gave us the room key, electric gate button and told us a guard would be there later. First day nice and quiet, enjoyed the pool. Second day 3 rooms of locals checked in and everything changed. Loud music and screaming all night. In the morning beer cans littered the whole property including in the pool. The poolkeeper was scrubbing the walkways with chlorine to remove the vomit. True nightm
Stayed 3 nights in May 2020

4/5 Good

Traveled with partner
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The property is beachfront on the open Pacific with large surf and beautiful surf. The pool is very minium and the next door restaurant can be very noisy i the evenings.
Stayed 3 nights in Mar 2020

5/5 Excellent

Happy face iconLiked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Clean, safe and friendly staff oceanfront property. Recommended!
Stayed 2 nights in Mar 2020

2/5 Poor

Traveled with group
Happy face iconLiked: Staff & service, property conditions & facilities
The hotel was clean but it was very noisy next to a bar. Not recommended if going for relaxation. Hello
Stayed 3 nights in Feb 2020

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