Jaco, Costa Rica

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Originally, we had driven through Jaco while driving down the the west coast of Costa Rica. We made a quick stop to the beach (literally just looked at it ans left, basically), and then drove through the town to get to the hughway again (but without stopping at all).

In the middle of a cloudy day, Jaco was slow and the beach was grey, so my first impression of the town was “eh ok…” However, we stopped in Jaco again on the way back north, and my opinion of Jaco changed.

It was night time now, so it was very lively: clubs, restaurants, clothing stores and tourist shops still open, liquor store bumping music, people cheering in bars, etc.


Pros & Cons

Pros: Beach, surfing, bars, fun night life, small town feel, cute hippy shops, familiar foods (like pizza, subway, and sushi – if you’re into that sort of familiarity while traveling).

Cons: Drug problems (so I’m told, but I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary), police everywhere (with guns).


Jaco Attractions

  • Jaco Beach
  • Carara Biological Reserve
  • Surfing
  • Scuba & Snorkeling
  • Gulf of Nicoya
  • Nightlife
  • Tarcoles River
  • Fishing


Things to Do Around Jaco

  • Manuel Antonio National Park Day Tour
  • Carrara National Park Hike
  • Sea Kayak & Snorkeling
  • Tortuga Island Cruise
  • Bijagual Waterfall Horseback Ride
  • Canopy Tour
  • Mangrove & Crocodile Adventure
  • Pura Vida Botanical Gardens


Jaco Climate


Dry- December to April
Wet- May to November, Wettest- September & October


Avg. high 92°
Tropical weather with afternoon showers typical May to November.



Every night of the week, the party moves to a different bar. I mean, there are always multiple bars open and a fun place to hang out, but apparently there’s basically a locally known schedule of exactly where to go, when… 

I was there on a Wednesday night, so to club Jaco Blù I went; it was a big outdoor club, with swimming pools, right on the beach. But no one was in the pools or ocean – the girls were dressed to a T… The guys, not so much.



There are a bunch of hostels in Jaco – all are pretty good. I stayed in “Hostel de Haan” and it was not bad at all.  Private shower and bathroom, lockers that fit my entire backpack (with the lock included), fans for circulation, really clean sheets and blankets, on a well lit street with a guard at the gate. It was US$10 per night.


Questions? Comments?

Don’t hesitate to ask! Or, if you’ve been to Jaco before, please feel free to give your suggestions!




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