Jaco Costa Rica Info


surf in jaco
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 […]

Top ten tips for learning to surf



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. […]

Surf Tip – Be Here Now!



surfing wave
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 […]

Science of surf stoke



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 […]

Costa Rica – 64 years with no army!



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 grounds keeping staff scale the […]

Pipa at Jaco hotel DoceLunas



We are so grateful for all you do, Mothers! Thank you so much! Words can’t express our feelings. We have some flowers (click) for you. But then it occurred to us you already have a lot of those probably, so we could get you something different to go with the flowers. […]

Happy Mother’s Day – Baby Monkeys!



We are so grateful for Mothers! They do the most difficult physical labor in the world: labor. And then they typically take the lead on the most difficult emotional labor in the world: raising and loving their children. Thanks for loving us and working so hard to keep us safe, […]

Happy Mother’s Day! Flowers From Costa Rica



Chestnut Mandibled Toucan
Chestnut Mandibled Toucans, with their distinctive massive brown and yellow beak and their sharp warbling cry, can often be found visiting DoceLunas. They love our many fruit trees, especially the crunchy, tart fruit of the manazana de agua tree. In this video, you can see one Toucan calling and hear […]

Chestnut Mandibled Toucan



We have several Peach Palms, or Pejibaye (pronounced peh – hee – bah – yay ) as locals call them, growing on the property. Capuchin monkeys love to eat Pejibaye. People can eat it too, but we have to cook it about 5 hours first. There is a big peach […]

Monkey with Palm Fruit



jaco nightlife local
Here is a video from Jungle Jam featuring a live set by Zach Deputy at the old Monkey Bar. There is a lot of good crowd footage and some street footage that will give you a great feel for Jaco. Another video from Jungle Jam follows. Check out our page […]

Jaco Nightlife Video



You will probably hear the odd, bubbling call of the Montzeuma Oropendola when you visit DoceLunas. The Oropendola dips down when it calls, dropping almost all the way upside down. Here is a soundclip of the Montezuma Oropendola’s call. At least one family nests nearby and the come to eat […]

Montezuma Oropendola





Lineated Woodpecker Back View
Lineated woodpeckers range from Mexico to Argentia, preferring the edges of forests and semi-open woodland. DoceLunas in Jaco Costa Rica has perfect habitat for lineated woodpeckers. We see quite a few here, visiting from their homes at the edge of the jungle along the back of the hotel property, near […]

Lineated Woodpecker Photos



Poison Dart Frog 1
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 […]

Poison Dart Frog of Costa Rica



Here are some of our best photos of capuchin monkeys visiting hotel DoceLunas in Jaco Costa Rica. There is a troop of 20 or 30 that visits to eat the mangoes and Pejibaye palm fruit at DoceLunas. Click any photo to enlarge. Then you can use the arrow to move through […]

Best Capuchin Monkey Photos



Aracari close up
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 Fiery Billed Aracaris live in the jungle on the mountain behind […]

Fiery Billed Aracari



capuchin close up face
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 […]

Capuchin Monkeys in Jaco in April



Costa Rica bird - 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 […]

Blue Crowned Mot Mot



flower at Jaco hotel DoceLunas
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 […]

Free Wedding Flowers



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.

Surfing tip – Count your downtime



leafcutter ant on branch carrying leaf
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 Ants



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.

Our New Blog





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, […]

Cool weather for Jaco hotel



meditating surfer
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 […]

Meditation for surfers



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” […]

Surf tip – what to do when you are caught ...



people cleaning up beach
UPDATE – NEXT KARMA TRIBE JACO BEACH CLEANUP MAY 20th, 2017 at CALLE BOHIO MEET AT 9:30 Dave says: “Let’s experience the sweet pura vida feeling of cleaning our beach!!! 🌴 It feels so good… and brings you vast good karma !!! Please bring friends, family, dogs and bags. Everyone […]

Karma Tribe Jaco beach cleanup



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 […]

Live music in Jaco at Green Room Cafe



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 […]

DIY Smartphone Hologram



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 […]

Restaurant Eclipse Dinner 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 […]

Jaco Restaurant Eclipse Lunch 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 […]

Restaurant Eclipse Breakfast Menu





an eye like image. what is it?
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 […]

Mystery image from Jaco hotel



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 […]

Local sourced chestnuts from the hotel gardens



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 […]

Come to Costa Rica and change your brain with Mantra ...



Toucan at DoceLunas
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 […]

Be awed, be awesome in Costa Rica



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 […]

Jaco Costa Rica FAQ



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 […]

DoceLunas wins Fodor’s Choice 2015



ph Test Kit
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 […]

Building an Aquaponics system



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 […]

Quarantid Meteor Shower tonight



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. Fyi – this is archived content from 2014 – click here for current Jaco Nightlife information. You can win […]

Win Jungle Jam Tickets



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 […]

View the Gemenid Meteor Shower Dec 13 and 14