Jaco Costa Rica Info


Top ten tips for learning to surf

Lots of people who come to our Jaco hotel want to learn to surf. Here are our top ten tips for learning to surf. 1. Have fun! Why are you learning to surf? We hope you are learning to surf to have fun. If you are trying to learn to […]

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Surf Tip – Be Here Now!

Surfing offers a great opportunity to live in the moment, to be here now. When you are paddling as hard as you can to get outside that third big set wave and avoid getting caught inside, you are probably not anywhere but where you are, and not any-when but now. […]


Science of surf stoke

What is it about surfing that makes it so much fun from the very beginning? What is it that keeps us coming back year after year? From tiny grommets to geezer legends in their 70s and 80s, just about everybody who gets in the water can feel the stoke. Surfers […]

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Costa Rica – 64 years with no army!

Other than Vatican City, Andorra, Lichtenstein, and Monaco, Costa Rica and Panama are the only countries that are not islands that have no military. On December 1st, 1948, Costa Rican president José Figueres Ferrer abolished the country’s military. The year after, the legislature and the president ratified amendment 12 to […]


Pipa at Jaco hotel DoceLunas

Fresh young coconut, called “pipa” in Costa Rican spanish, grows on several trees in the five acres of landscaped jungle at Jaco hotel DoceLunas.  When the weather in Jaco is sunny and dry, which can happen even in the middle of the wet season, the groundskeeping staff scale the towering […]


Poison Dart Frog

Poison Dart Frog of Costa Rica

Here are some photos of a poison dart frog. These active little fellers are tricky to photograph in the wild. This one got lost. Here are some photos of the poison dart frog we found. We rescued him from a utility closet by getting him to hop onto a towel […]


Best Capuchin Monkey Photos

Here are some of our best capuchin monkey photos. There is a troop of 20 or 30 that visits to eat the mangoes and palm nuts at DoceLunas. We see them most often in March through May and in November and early December.   Want to see some monkeys? Get […]

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Aracari close up

Fiery Billed Aracari

The Fiery Billed Aracari is a spectacular relative of the toucan, found only in parts of Costa Rica and Panama. For us, it is a highlight of Costa Rica Bird Watching. They are a rare bird, but a few Aracaris live in the jungle on the mountain behind DoceLunas. Sometimes […]


Capuchin Monkeys in Jaco in April

You won’t find many capuchin monkeys in Jaco hotels, but they do live in the jungle covered mountains that ring the Jaco valley. Because DoceLunas is at the edge of the jungle and has maintained a natural canopy, capuchin monkeys come visit here. Especially in March, April, and May, when […]

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Costa Rica bird - Blue Crowned Mot Mot

Blue Crowned Mot Mot

A Blue Crowned Mot Mot nests on or near Hotel DoceLunas’ property. Last year we would see it regularly around the restaurant and room 13 and 14. Now we see it more frequently at the back corner of the yoga center, where the hotel property borders the jungle. Notice the […]


Free Wedding Flowers

Are you excited about getting married in Costa Rica? We are here to help! Please accept our gift of a free wedding flowers. Simply enter your name and email and we will respond and confirm we have you on our list for free center piece flowers as an upgrade to your […]

flower at Jaco hotel DoceLunas

Surfing tip – Count your downtime

Surfing tip – count seconds while you are under in whitewater to time your swim to the surface so you can wait for the whitewater to dissipate but still get a breath before the next wave.


Leafcutter Ants

Leafcutter ants could be more accurately called “leaf chewer” ants. These species ants live in the of tropics in South and Central America, Mexico, and parts of the southern United States.  Leafcutter ants can carry over 5,000 times the weight of their tiny bodies. The tear and process leaves, flowers, and grasses creating […]

leafcutter ant on branch carrying leaf

Our New Blog

Our new blog will have several categories. Jaco Costa Rica, Jaco events, Jaco tours, birds, wildlife, flowers, Costa Rica history and more. We will also be presenting new, updated versions of our most popular previous articles.


Cool weather for Jaco hotel

The weather in Jaco is unusually cool as high season begins. We are experiencing temperatures in the 70s and a mix of sun and clouds tending towards the cloudy. For those of us that live in Jaco, its a pleasant alternative to the normal high season temperatures and cloud conditions, […]


Meditation for surfers

Summary: Learn to quiet your mind with meditation. Get great focus for better surf results. Apply your meditation skills and learn how to levitate. At the end of this post, I will tell you how to levitate. But first, let’s talk about thinking and meditation. We will need solid philosophical […]

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Surf tip – what to do when you are caught inside

Many of our guests at Jaco hotel DoceLunas come to Jaco in part to learn to surf, so we like to provide some surfing tips to help you get started. Beginning surfers may face the challenging situation of being “caught inside” a set wave with a longboard. By “caught inside” […]


Karma Tribe Jaco beach cleanup

Our friend Dave Grillot came to Jungle Jam 2016 to promote a great new project he started called www.karmatribe.com, a website for free exchange of gifts of services and goods. You can register for free and post a favor you are willing to do, or ask for a favor for […]

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Live music in Jaco at Green Room Cafe

Our friends at Green Room Cafe a mile away from DoceLunas offer live music regularly. Here is the schedule for this week starting tonight, 8/27/2015. Agenda de esta Semana/Line up for this week…..Viva La Musica!! We Love Live Music!! Thu/Jue: De Cuerdas a Voces Dúo Intrumental 8pm!! Fri/Vie: UnderCover Classic Rock […]


DIY Smartphone Hologram

Make your own DIY smartphone hologram! Follow the instructions in the video below to make a small four sided semi-transparent plexiglass pyramid. Set it on your phone and play a video, such as the one in the link, designed for projecting the hologram – it will split the image into […]


Restaurant Eclipse Dinner Menu

Please join us for dinner at  Jaco restaurant Eclipse at hotel DoceLunas. Here at Eclipse Restaurant we only use locally grown fruits and vegetables, and the freshest meats and seafoods sourced from family farms and businesses. Try one of our CR specialties for a taste of local cuisine done with […]


Jaco Restaurant Eclipse Lunch menu

Please join us for a refreshing lunch at the open air Eclipse restaurant at Jaco hotel DoceLunas. All prices include 13% tax and 10% tip by Costa Rican law. Starters- Caesar Salad-$7.00 House Salad-$6.50 Soup of the Day(ask your server)-$6.50 Nachos Supreme-piled high with all the good stuff. A meal for […]


Restaurant Eclipse Breakfast Menu

Join us for a delicious breakfast at the open air Eclipse restaurant at Jaco hotel DoceLunas. Hotel guests get a free continental breakfast, and you can also order the following menu items. Tico Breakfast- 2 eggs any style, gallo pinto(Costa Rican rice and beans),tortillas, plantains and sour cream, choice of […]


an eye like image. what is it?

Mystery image from Jaco hotel

Can you tell us what you are looking at in our mystery image taken at Jaco hotel DoceLunas? Let us know and get a 30% discount off your stay valid through December 1st, 2015! Three hints: Hint 1 –  “No, I cannot tell you what that is.” may be a […]


Local sourced chestnuts from the hotel gardens

We have preserved the canopy here at DoceLunas for its ecological value. Our sustainable approach to eco=tourism provides a lovley habitat and food for both wildlife and people. Birds and wildlife from the jungle covered mountain that borders the property come to visit our trees, some of which hang heavy […]


Come to Costa Rica and change your brain with Mantra Singing

Here at hotel DoceLunas in Jaco, Costa Rica we like to do yoga. We offer free classes for our guests twice a day most days of the week (yoga schedule varies so please confirm with info@docelunas.com for any particular day). Most of our yoga classes begin and end with the […]


Be awed, be awesome in Costa Rica

Do you want to be more awesome? By that I mean, to be more awesome from everyone else’s point of view, to be more generous and helpful. I know I do, perhaps mostly just because I believe that is one of the most reliable paths to happiness. People in Costa […]

Toucan at DoceLunas

Jaco Costa Rica FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions about Jaco, Costa Rica. Q: How far is Jaco from the Airport? A: It takes about 1 hour and fifteen minutes to drive via the new Autopista Del Sol Highway from SJO – Juan Santamaria Airport in Alajuela near San Jose to Jaco. Here […]


DoceLunas wins Fodor’s Choice 2015

Fodor’s, the leading name in travel information, today announced that Jaco Hotel DoceLunas has been recognized as the 2015 Fodor’s Choice selection for Jaco. This distinction designates DoceLunas as a leader in its field for service, quality, and value in the 2015 year. Every year, Fodor’s writers experience, examine and evaluate thousands of […]


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Building an Aquaponics system

Aquaculture – growing fish in a contained system, creates waste that will harm the fish if it is not removed, but this same waste that is poison to fish in sufficient quantities is food for plants. We are building a new aquaponics system at DoceLunas that combines hydroponic plant growing […]


Quarantid Meteor Shower tonight

The 2013 Quadrantid meteor shower peaks tonight, beginning around midnight and continuing into the wee hours of the morning of January 3rd. You might start to see meteors at midnight, but you will see the most meteors between 3 a.m. and dawn. Try to find a dark spot where there […]


Win Jungle Jam Tickets

We are giving away one prize of a pair of tickets for all three nights of Jungle Jam plus three prizes of pairs of tickets for single nights – winners choice. You can win by helping us spread the word about the show and you can win by just by […]


View the Gemenid Meteor Shower Dec 13 and 14

The Gemeind Meteor Shower, first witnessed in the late 1800s, is due to be visible soon, with the best viewing hours being around 2am on December 13 and 14th. There will be very little moonlight, so it will be an excellent year to view the Gemenids. Lay back and look […]


2pm 2day – Ryan Montbleau streaming live

Jungle Jam regular Ryan Montbleau and his band will be playing today at Bosch studio back in the states. You can hear the show streaming live at 2pm this afternoon. Check out the Ryan Montbleau live stream at radio 929. When you get to the page, there is a small […]


Funny talking wildlife video

BBC compiled these wild animals with human voiceover. Its pretty entertaining. You can see Capuchin monkeys here at Jaco hotel DoceLunas on occasion.


Jungle Jam tickets on sale

Jungle Jam returns to Jaco Jan 17-20th with Bill Kreutzmann, Oteill Burbridge, Max Creek, Ryan Montbleau Band and Zach Deputy. The landscaped jungle gardens of DoceLunas make a beautiful backdrop for an incredible show. With over 40 years experience, Max Creek is pretty tight and Oteil, having won two grammys […]


Costa Rica rejects GMO Corn

Costa Rica has, for the time being, denied an application by D&PL Seeds Ltd, A subsidiary of Monsanto, to plant GMO corn in Costa Rica pending further study. The National Biosafety Technical Commission requested further studies on the impacts of transgenic corn planting in Costa Rica in order to determine […]


Jaco Weather – surprise rainstorm

Today in Jaco weather we have a surprise rainstorm. It is November 27th, almost high season, and by this time of year, we usually have an occasional intense hour or two long storm around dusk one to four times a week, but right now – at 4 in the afternoon […]


New Yoga Class Schedule

Our resident expert instructor Alejandra is now offering Yoga classes in our treetop studio five days a week in low season. High season classes will be offered twice daily. Currently, classes are offered from 9 to 10:30 am Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and from 6 to 7:30 Tuesday and Thursday. […]