It's called Screen Sharing and it's been packaged with OS X since 10.4. It's FREE and you already have it installed!
I had just about given up my search for a nice, free VNC client for OS X when I discovered something amazing! OS X actually has a VNC client built in! It's been installed in every version of OS X since 10.4 (at the time of writing, the current release is 10.7). I have no clue how I managed to pass right over it for so many years. So many misleading Google searches while the best solution was right under my nose the entire time. It's called Screen Sharing and it's located in your CoreServices folder, a difficult to find folder which is part of OS X.
Like all of Apple's software, Screen Sharing is incredibly simple, easy to use, and it works extremely well. Ever since I started using it, it hasn't crashed a single time, whereas Chicken of the VNC crashed almost every time I opened it, and JolllysFastVNC crashed a couple times a day. Screen Sharing has exactly the features you need in a VNC client. It runs quickly and smoothly, it remembers your recent servers, and it can remember your passwords. What else can you ask for from a VNC client? You can even resize the viewing windows smoothly by dragging the corners, a task that is impossible with the other alternatives.
How to find and open Screen Sharing on your Mac
You can access Screen Sharing several ways, and I will tell you a couple of the simplest methods. Just don't forget to create a shortcut in your Dock (or wherever) once you find it!
The easiest method is to use Safari. Just open up Safari and in the URL bar (where you would normally type a URL like http://www.davidtheexpert.com) type vnc:// instead of http://, followed by your VNC server's IP address. For example, it should look something like this: vnc://192.168.1.9
Screen Sharing will then show up in your Dock and you can drag it into the middle of your Dock to create a shortcut.
Another method is to simply find your CoreServices folder where the app is located. It is located here: /System/Library/CoreServices/Screen Sharing.app
My favorite method of accessing hard to reach folders is to go through Terminal (Applications Folder -> Utilities -> Terminall.app). Just open up Terminal and type: open /System/Library/CoreServices
[note: as of OS X 10.10 Yosemite the containing folder is now located in /System/Library/CoreServices/Applications - Thanks to Disqus user Steegg for pointing this out!]
That will open a Finder window where you will see Screen Sharing and you can open it or create an alias as you please.
Accessing your Recent Servers through Screen Sharing
Now that you have a shortcut to Screen Sharing, it's a snap to get back to your last opened server! Every time you open Screen Sharing it will prompt you to enter your Server's IP address. If you have already connected once, you can ignore this and instead click on the Connection menu in your menu bar, and select "Open Recent" from the drop down. Don't forget to explore all these menu items because Screen Sharing has a lot of very handy features.
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