Jaco. Exceeding my expectations.
The thing that I love most about Jaco is that it is big enough to have everything you could ever want in a tropical vacation, but is small enough that you'll never get lost. If you enjoy walking, there is nothing you can't reach in town without walking. And you have the option of either walking down the main street through downtown Jaco, or you can walk along a beautiful beach on your way to the same place.
The locals are extremely friendly, and will be more than happy to tell you how to get to wherever you need to go. Cabs are extremely cheap, and the nightlife is as good as it gets in a destination such as this.
Get yourself a few friends, whether you're a guy or a girl, and head down to Jaco. You're sure to have a relaxing, yet eventful and hysterical time. Phil's nice property and his hospitality. Oh, and Pollos Krispy and laughing and creating stories with my closest friends.
American feeling and mexican food
Right there on Pastor Diaz, main street in Jaco Beach, Wishbone terrace and restaurant is well design and inviting. I appreciated the wood furniture, stoned fences, sport cafe decoration, surf memorabilia and entertaining music. The food was quite good, a delicious and consciencious menu of well thought mexican food. Good quality ingredient, it shows. Only the service left me a little disapointed. Carne burritos if I remember correctly, including big slices of beef and tasty salsa, and generous enchilada.
Our first destination stepping out of the plane was Jaco. We wanted to take some time to let the warmness of Costa Rica soaks in. Animated streets, beautiful beach, raging waves, great little hotel... we got what we came for!
Jaco is the beach closest to San Jose and could be a bit crowded for some taste. The bus ride (3 hours of shaking and boucing in the hot and humid bus) was crowded. The main street, during the day and at night is crowded. The beach is crowded. But it's crowded with respectuous, fun, welcoming people... so it doesn't become a problem at all. We loved this place and would come back in a heart beat!
And we did, a year later. We were here for 4 days in 2005 and this time, we got the opportunity to explore the area a little bit more: Tarcoles river, Carara National Park, ... And Jaco Beach remains one of our favorite, for the waves on the beach, for the fun atmosphere in town, for the incredible fauna you can encounter!
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