Jaco Costa Rica


Jaco Costa Rica is the most popular surf beach town in Costa Rica. It is the easiest beach town to get to from the San Jose airport. The trip to Jaco used to take between an hour and fifteen minutes and two hours, but the new highway just opened up on January 28th, 2010. Now the trip from Jaco to the airport takes only forty five minutes to an hour and fifteen minutes.

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The majority of Costa Ricans live in the central valley where the airport is, so Jaco is the closest beach town for both travelers and locals. Consequently, Jaco has been a major vacation destination for Costa Ricans for years.

Jaco is located in the center of the Pacific coast. It is an hour to Manuel Antonio Park to the south and half an hour to Carara National Park to the north, and there are ten surf beaches within an hour drive. It is only ten minutes to Hermosa where the ISA World Games of surf were held in 2009. In addition to the world class surfing down the road, there is pretty good surfing for everyone from expert to beginners right here on Jaco Beach. For these reasons, hotels in Jaco provide a very popular base for international and domestic tourists.

New - Jaco Costa Rica information links

Here are a couple new useful links. BBC news has a page on Costa Rica. U.S. State Department also has a page on Costa Rica.

At night Jaco is a party town, and for many visitors that is the prime attraction, but there are also many tourists who come here are early risers on an a hardcore surfari or eco-adventure mission. Our hotel in Jaco provides a quiet retreat from the festive atmosphere downtown, except on the three or four nights a year when we host concerts by international superstars. We will be sure to let you know when you ask for your reservation whether you will be listening to the roots reggae of Steel Pulse or the quiet chirping of exotic tropical birds.

Jaco Costa Rica Facts

Jaco's permanent population is only around 10,000, but because of all the national and international tourists, there are a wide variety of services and amenities available, from rustic traditional places to very modern ones. There are also lots of exciting activities to try, as detailed in our vacation package section.

Jaco Costa Rica restaurants and grocery stores

While there are several U.S. style grocery stores now, a discount store, and five fine dining restaurants, there are also typical Costa Rica grocery stores and traditional "soda rustico" restaurants with four dollar meals abound.

For sodas, try Garabito on the pops road or Soda La Marea Alta on Pastor Diaz near the muni. For Jaco Costa Rica restaraunts for fine dining, our CIA chef at Eclipse at DoceLunas is our favorite. We also recommend Lemon Zest by Cordon Bleu chef richard Lemon. Tsunami sushi is a popular lively spot serving japanese fusion. Pili Pili serves a lively blend of eastern influences and Papparazzi has excellent Italian food. Restaurante el Estero is a good option for Costa Rican style fine dining; few tourists find this spot on the north end of town.

Jaco Costa Rica Transportation

There are several options for car, scooter, and ATV rental, but you can also still find plenty of places to rent a horse or a bicycle. Cabs around town are $2 or so. Busses run frequently to Hermosa, Manuel Antonio, and San Jose and cabs and transfer services are also available for these routes at around $7 to Hermosa, $100 day trip to Manuel Antonio, $100 airport transfer - approximately.

Jaco Costa Rica Nightlife

For more current information on Jaco Nightlife, check out our new Jaco nightlife page.

Jaco Costa Rica

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Jaco is a great town to host Costa Rica weddings. The wedding planner at DoceLunas is the best around, and the hotel provides the most beautiful venue for your wedding, and the most relaxing and private accommodations for your wedding guests. We also offer Costa Rica yoga retreats. Our yoga retreat coordinator can help you plan the perfect comination of Playa Jaco Costa Rica tours and attractions and yoga classes in our airy tree top yoga studio.


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