Jaco – Learn to Surf Like Slater

Wow! It has been a terrific week for surfing in Jaco. January and February are typically the smallest months of the year in terms of groundswell, but we have been seeing 3 ft open water swell this past week, which can produce head high waves in Jaco.

superdynamiceditLearning to surf a walled up wave in Jaco

The waves on Playa Jaco tend to run pretty fast and short, in the range of five second and fifty yards or less.  They break pretty close to the shore (100 yards or so) and the currents are very manageable, so all they they are a bit short and fast, its a good beach for beginners to learn to surf. You get a lot of take off practice in Jaco – call it the “Slater effect.” Florida surfers get similar (although not as good) conditions and some attribute Florida surfers’ domination of pro surfing to the relatively high wave count and short rides.

This blogger got 25 or 30 rides in a hour a few days ago, but lately, the waves have been opening up for rare 100 yard 20 and 30 second rides. Fast, but open, occasionally head high…from “weak point training” on multiple rapid close out takeoffs to sweet rippable open walls, it’s been a great week in Jaco!

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 is a map of the route from SJO Airport to Jaco.

Q: What is the temperature like in Jaco?

A: Daytime highs range from the low to the high 80s, with the warmest weather from January to April. Overnight lows on very rare occasions dip to the high 60s but are typically in the 70s.

Q: Does it rain a lot in Jaco?

A: In September and October, the height of the rainy season, it can rain hard for several says. From January to April, it hardly rains at all in Jaco, but central Pacific Costa Rica remains green. May, June, July, and August along with November and December there are occasional rain showers that may last a few hours, but most days are clear or partly cloudy with no rain. We have lots more information on Jaco, Costa Rica weather and climate here and the most accurate current weather forecast for Jaco here.

Q: What is there to do in Jaco?

A: Ummm… Everything? Jaco is famous for its surfing and nightlife but there are also lots of other activities and adventures to have here in The Gateway to the Central Pacific; click below for more details.

Manuel Antonio National Park

Off-shore Deep Sea Fishing

Golf

Near shore fishing

Whitewater Rafting

Tortuga Island Boat Ride and Snorkeling

Whale Watching 

Zip Line Canopy Tour

Canopy Tram

Sea Kayak or Outrigger Canoe Trips

Surf and rivermouth fishing

Carara National Park

Horseback Riding

Surf Lessons on Jaco Beach

Crocodile Tour

Golf

Turtle Egg Laying and Hatching

Yoga Classes

Jaco Hotel DoceLunas exclusive Waterfall Tour

Mt Biking – beginner to expert

Scuba Diving

As you can see, there are quite a few fun things to do around Jaco!

Q: Is Jaco a good place for a wedding or a honeymoon?

A: Definitely! As you can see  above, there is a huge range of activities so wedding guests or honeymooners can enjoy a wide variety of tropical adventures for all ages and interests. And you are already familiar with the ideal wedding venue – hotel DoceLunas. Check out our affordable Costa Rica wedding package prices 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.

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Every year, Fodor’s writers experience, examine and evaluate thousands of hotels, restaurants and attractions in their travels across the globe. While every business included in a Fodor’s guide is deemed worth a traveler’s time, only those offering a truly remarkable experience are given the Fodor’s Choice designation.

As a 2015 Fodor’s Choice property DoceLunas will receive special recognition in the next Fodor’s guidebook to this area and on the Fodors website.

As always, we are honored to receive this annual award and we were especially pleased by the notice the staff received, along with the comment on our unique pool.

“This property has by far the nicest swimming pool in Jacó, not to mention an amazing staff.”

Thanks Fodors ! And may we add, as the Fordor’s award winner in Costa Rica’s gateway to the Central Pacific, Jaco Hotel DoceLunas offers an ideal Costa Rica wedding venue and it’s  a great spot for a romantic and private honeymoon in Costa Rica.

ps.. We have also won a couple other awards over the years —

Traveler’s Choice Awards from TripAdvisor
 
2011 Top Twenty Five Best Hotels in Central America
 
2012 Top Five BestHotels and Spas for Relaxation in Central America
 
2012 Top Twenty Four Best hotels for Budget in Central American
 
2012 Number Eleven Best Hotel Overall in Central America
 
2013 Number Eight Best Small Hotel in Costa Rica
 
2009-2014 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence
 
2007 Fromer’s Guide Editor’s Choice
2007 Fodor’s Guide Editor’s Choice
2007 Lonely Planet Pick
2013 Huffington Post World’s Best Affordable Destination Spas – Number Five
Thanks to the editors of Frommer’s, Fodor’s, Lonely Planet, Huffington Post, and our guests who reviewed us on Tripadvisor!

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 with aquaculture fish raising.  We believe we are the only hotel in Jaco implementing aquaponics.

Our system will allow us to grow vegetables in an irrigated bed connected to a fish pond. The nutrients in the waste from the fish are taken up by the roots of the plants, some of which float on rafts while others are planted in gravel.

We have already installed a big tank to keep the fish in and built a system of pumps to aerate and circulate the water into the small concrete enclosure that we built to hold the floating plants and the gravel beds. Today we tested pH for the first time. Depending on who you read, 6.2 to 6.4 or 6.8 to 7.0 is the optimal range.  As you can see, we are a little overly basic, with a pH of around 7.4, so we will need to add something to the water to make it a little more neutral.

ph Test Kit
ph Test kit used to check water for aquaponics system

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  describe the feeling with mystical reverence, and while it has come to have a watered down and non-surf specific meaning (I’m stoked for some unhealthy fast food!), “the stoke” is a great way to describe the feeling that is almost unique to surfing. The stoke is what makes your hair stand on end as you ride to the beach while it is still dark, anticipating those offshore winds and perfect swells you saw in the forecast. The stoke is also what makes you want to hop back on that soft top and try another foamer after you fall flat on your face and bop your nose on the wisely selected forgiving top, making you laugh through the tears.

The stoke is out there, for sure? But what is it exactly and what makes it so compelling? To answer this question, we can look to behavioral psychology, neurology, chemistry, physics, and primatology.  Stay tuned for more. Or just hurry down and come surfing with us and feel the stoke for yourself!

Jaco Surf Contest February 23 and 24

Jaco will host a surf contest next Saturday and Sunday, February 23rd and 24th.

The Copa MAUI is part of the Costa Rica Federation of Surf’s national series sponsored by Olympus and this event is sponsored by energy drink company Adrenaline Rush.

Because it is part of the national series, many of the best surfers in the country will be competing.
You can enter as a competitor for $10 on they day of the event and advance entrance is possible
at Jass surf shop in Jaco.

Come check out the surf contest! February 23rd and 24th in front of Morgan’s Cove, just one mile from Jaco Costa hotel DoceLunas.

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 is not a lot of ambient light and look straight up into the sky. Meteors may appear at a rate as high as 120 an hour, but with a little moonlight you won’t be able to see them all. Enjoy the show. Pura Vida.

Win Jungle Jam Tickets

We are giving away one prize of a pair of tickets for all three nights
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 liking us and then commenting
to enter our lottery when you see the post asking you to do so.

To Win, you must first ‘Like’ the DoceLunas facebook page.

Then please invite your friends to ‘Like’ us and,
so we will know to count that Like for you,
please ask your friend to leave us a message
by posting from the friend’s facebook account
that says sent me to DoceLunas!

We will also credit you for an extra fan for adding us to your Google Plus account
if you have one, and on Google Plus, same deal, anyone who adds us and
tells us you asked them, you get credit.

The person who refers the most new fans will win a pair of tickets for each night

The second and third most referrals will each win a pair of tickets to one night of their choice.

A fourth pair of single night tickets will be awarded by lottery among everyone who Likes DoceLunas
on facebook and comments on a forthcoming post that will say “Comment here if you want to win tickets to jungle jam”

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 up, preferrably somewhere where there is not too much light – we will be turning out the lights on the grounds at Jaco hotel DoceLunas – and prepare to see about 2 meteors a minute.

The Geminids are the debri of 3200 Phaethon, a comet that melted passing too close to the sun. When they hit the atmosphere (or the atmosphere hits them you might say, depending on your frame of motion) they burn up.

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 white box with a play button in the top middle. Click there to hear the live show, be blown away, and then come join us in paradise for Jungle Jam on January 18-20th in the spectacular tropical jungle gardens of the best hotel in Jaco, DoceLunas.