Las Camas Budget Hostel

Jaco Centro, across from KFC, Jaco, 4444, Costa Rica
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by Suzanne123

Hello Vters. I'm curious about this town and have many questions. Help me out if you can. Is it safe for two women to cycle around the area? Are the bikes likely to get stolen even when locked? What about the drinking water... is the tap water alright and must we worry about ice cubes in the drinks? Should we carry only bottled water at all times? How does one go about securing a sailing trip once there? Can one approach a local business on the beach, or ought I go to Quepos instead. I'm contemplating taking the bus from the Coca Cola bus station in San Jose. Is that too risky? Would the bus allow a bicycle...probably not cause it would be packed, right? Thanks for the assistance.

Re: Safety

by Suzie3

I have been seeing more and more bikers. That is not to say that it is any safer to ride. Costa Rica is very mountainous, the roads fairly narrow, and many are not in very good shape. Some better than others. You will not have the right of way that you have in many other areas. I can't address the theft issue other than to say that theft can be a problem at times.

Go to the public bus schedule on On the schedule you will see the name of the bus company as well as a phone number for your destination. I would contact them directly if you don't hear anything on the boards regarding how to transport your bike.

As far as the water, I don't worry about the food or the drinks, brushing your teeth is okay too. I do buy bottled water for hiking, etc. It is cheap and easy to find.

Have only been to Jaco a couple of times for brief stops. I am sure someone will address that who has more experience.

You are right in being nervous around the Coca Cola Bus Sta. It is a high theft area. As there will be two of you, just help keep an eye on each others stuff. Don't just set your luggage down while waiting. Plenty of people travel through there with no problem. The fact that you are aware will help.

You should be able to arrange a sailing trip from your hotel in Jaco. Most places, large or small have contacts for the different things to see and do in that area.

Re: Re: Safety

by need4speednj

just returned from Jaco..seems safe to me...I didn't drink the water..Bottled is cheap and easily available. not sure about bike theft. I'd opt to rent my own car and drive to Jaco..It's easy, safe and beautiful.

Re: Re: Safety

by DestinationWeddings

The water is fine in Costa Rica - you can drink directly from the tap. I have travelled in CR for over 10 years and the water is great. You can also eat the food on the road side cafes. Not a problem.

I am also a cyclist and I would not ride on the roads near Jaco. If you are taking about just riding around in the area that is one thing, but spending time on the main roads is dangerous.

I wouldn't leave a bike outside that is not locked. Too tempting.

Have fun.

Re: Re: Safety

by karina888

Ditto to what DestinatonWeddings said..the water is fine and intense cycling like with a road bike is not a good idea. Cruising is one thing.
Please be careful around la's a creep area and the wrong folks WILL pick up on you two being nervous and lost so like the other person posted..look out for eacthother and you should be fine! Have a ball and always carry water anyway..You should be able to find a sailing excursion online, no? YOu can find local guys to take you out on there boats, but two women alone..prob. not a good should go the legit route.
Have fun!

Travel Tips for Jacó

Costa Rican Dog

by easterntrekker

WE got to really love these little friendly ginger dogs. You have to be careful not to pay too much attention to them or they'll adopt you. Everyone looks after them though so you don't have to worry about leaving them. It might break your heart to leave them though.

lasagne tico style...

by pollon about Roberto's

The place itself is distinctive: a sort of canoe supported by two classical columns and lots of small unusual objects hanging from the ceiling or put here and there make it agreeably so and a straw roofing makes a plesant shadow on the tables.
The service is excellent and the bathroom spick-and-span (I'm mentioning this because a crazy but famous italian chef judging the level of restaurants on his guide says that however good one can be, if a restaurant has not a very cleaned bathroom, it won't enter his guide) the lasagne with cheese and chicken inbetween were not exactly Italian style but they were very pleasant in taste and their pasta not bad at all!

Jungle Crocodile Safari


Jaw dropping scenery, exquisite setting, mesmerising sunset light, unforgettable memories... The amateur ornithologist and photographer in me were served!

The scenery offered by the Tarcoles, as shown over a colorful sunset.

One of the many flocks of birds we saw, including motmots, kingfisher, great kiskadees, wrens and orioles.

I couldn't count them all. I like this picture showing the contrast and diversity of the shorebirds living on the river's banks. Here: great egret in the back, then black-necked stilts and a little blue heron.

In the middle of this picture stand my two ara macao, a beautiful and inseparable couple. Like finding Charlie, it wasn't easier in person...!

We also got to see a little green parrot, about half the size of a macaw.


The captain got out of the boat, bare feet and all, and slam a dead chicken on the water's surface to alert the crocodile. A huge male came by within seconds and ate his weekly meal. it was 9 feet long, all in teeth and green skin... you can see him on my Things to do in Costa Rica.

Two of the many crocodiles we saw on our tour. I coudn't get use to the sight...


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 Las Camas Budget Hostel

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Address: Jaco Centro, across from KFC, Jaco, 4444, Costa Rica