Jacó Travel Guide

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Jacó Things to Do

  • Beaches

    There are a number of Playa Hermosa's in Costa Rica. This one is the most famous because of the incredible surfing and black sand beaches. It is a great place to watch some excellent surfing where there are a number of surfing competitions all year. It is not terribly rocky like nearby Playa Jaco and definitely far less people. The beach is about...

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  • Crocodiles

    Take a 2-hour boat ride on the Tárcoles River. There is a large crocodile population, and many species of birds. The pace is leisurely, and the driver stops so you can take photos. They also give you a bird guide, so you can identify the birds you see. Open daily, with 2 tours departing in the morning (8:30 & 10:30) and 2 in the afternoon (1:30...

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  • Canopy Tours

    Zip-Line Canopy Tour The Zip Line Canopy tour is the most popular “Must Do” tour when visiting Costa Rica. You’ll safely glide high under the Rainforest Canopy treetops, down a series of 13 Zip Line cables and 15 Landing platforms, enjoying spectacular views of the Jungle canopy below and the Pacific Coast line. The Vista Los Suenos canopy tour...

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Jacó Hotels

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Jacó Restaurants

  • Marisqueria

    3 out of 5 stars

    The decoration is fantastic. The colors and the woods are amazing. I would say a great place for nachos and drinks. Very open and you will your private floor fan. I loved the nachos. Different from the way americans make. But I was very disappointed with my main dish. I ordered a fillet of bass with rice and vegetables. I almost chock when I saw...

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  • Rancho Santana

    Recommended to me by our hotel staff. Rancho is off the main road and was a little difficult to find. It is big place, open air style with a dance floor. They easily accommodated my large group. Our waiter was very attentive and drinks and food came out quick. Their appetizer menu is small but they have a lunch/bar menu that we ordered from for...

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  • Paraderia Artesanal

    Another location recommended by hotel staff. The locals know where to go. They open early around 7am. Nice selection of pastries and lunch items. Open air facility with colorful seating. I had a pastry filled with creme de leche and some type of cake which was very moist with chocolate swirled into the batter. Reasonably priced. My new morning...

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Jacó Nightlife

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  • Nacho Daddys

    Coming from the underground dance scene in San Francisco, Burning Man (Opulent Temple, Green Gorilla Lounge, Sunset parties, Deep End, House of Lotus, etc), and local turntable heroes Mark Farina, Miguel Migs, and Ellen Ferrato, I was pleasantly surprised to find Nacho Daddy's, especially after leaving the train-wrecked DJ at the Monkey Bar. I'd...

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  • Beatle Bar

    The Beatle Bar was probably more "us" than any bar or disco in Jaco. With a giant island bar in the middle and a smaller bar in the back, it was always pretty easy to get a round of drinks regardless of how big the crowd was. In most cases, the crowd was huge. I know I might start to sound like a broken record, but the whores in here were just...

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  • Hacienda

    Jacó's high season nightlife is serious business, with people packing the clubs and bars from dusk till dawn. Come low season, however, most hotspots remain relatively empty. Be aware that Jacó has had recent drug problems, and prostitutes linger in almost every bar. La Hacienda*-located 50m north of the bridge, just past the first side street,...

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Jacó Transportation

  • Drive

    At the south end of Hermosa is a dirt road off route 34. This road takes you to the center and southern section of Playa Hermosa as well as Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre de Playa Hermosa. When this road reached the beach, there is a parking area to the right and the beach road turns left and continues for several more kilometers. Towards the...

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  • Shuttle

    NEVER PICKED US UP AS ARRANGED – LEFT US AT THE AIRPORT Do NOT pay in advance for services from Easy Ride Costa Rica. I paid in advance and Javier Ortiz left us at the airport and never picked us up as arranged even though I confirmed with him via email the week before that he would be picking us up. The tourist officials at the airport tried to...

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  • Playa Hermosa Beach Road

    At the south end of Hermosa is a dirt road off route 34. This road takes you to the center and southern section of Playa Hermosa as well as Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre de Playa Hermosa. When this road reached the beach, there is a parking area to the right and the beach road turns left and continues for several more kilometers. Towards the...

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Jacó Shopping

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  • Pastor Diaz - Main Street

    This shop seems to try hard to find unique items. Besides the wonder art (original and prints in a variety of mediums) it has Costa Rican made jewelry from many different artists. As well as indigenous masks & hand-woven purses from the Boruca Indians. Beautiful Costa Rican Leather wallets, purses and bags, hand made soaps and amazing wood bowls...

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  • Groceries

    This is a chain grocery store that is all over Costa Rica. It's their answer to Walmart. It has a good meat and fish counter and bakery too. You can but sunscreen and sandels here too!! It's open every day and evening. ...and they deliver!!

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  • Fruity Monkey Poop?!

    The shop is really known the the large "Fruity Monkey Poop" sign. I actually thought that was the name of the store but it is not. The Costa Rica Coffee Experience is the name and they specialize in Costa Rican crafts from local artist. They also serve a variety of coffee, usually about 3 or 4 brews which you can sample before you buy. They also...

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Jacó Local Customs

  • Food

    Ceviche is dearly loved in Costa Rica. It's tasty...made with lime , fish , and celantro. You can get it in almost every restaurant. I found a nice fruit variety made with mango. I loved it as well!! On the way to Jaco our shuttle driver stopped so we could sample it.

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  • Football - soccer

    Soccer is the biggest sport in Costa Rica. If you see an open field, look around and I'm sure you will see a couple of soccer goals. One way to make friends with the local Tica's is to wear a soccer jersey from any country.

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  • Dogs

    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.

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Jacó Warnings and Dangers

  • Theft

    There is a known thief in Esterillos Oeste. His name is Marlo. He will distract you by offering to get coconuts from the highest palm tree. While he has your attention showing off his partner will come in the back and steal the first available thing. In our case it was my daughters brand new Ipad. The local police are well aware he is the thief and...

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  • Sales Scams

    There has been a huge amount of development all over CR . Every now and thenagressive persistent sales people are let loose to canvas the tourists. They will try and persuade you to listen to an even higher pressure sales pitch with promises of free flights and other give aways. I guess you have to decide how you want to spend your day.

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  • Sun...

    You know you're in the right spot for your vacation when the most danger you expose yourself to is the sun... but still! We spent 2 or 3 hours under the sun at the beach, one time late afternoon and one time early in the morning. We had sunscreen on. And still, we caught beautiful little sunburn. Please protect yourself!!

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Jacó Tourist Traps

  • Esperanza Stak & Seafood Restaurant

    Traveler Beware - This restaurant is grossly over priced. While you may get lured in by it's central location and fancy decor, you ae certain to be dissapointed by the prices and food quality. The food is medicore at best, and for what you are charged, the portions are very small for their crazy high price.There are many other restaurants to choose...

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  • EASY RIDE COSTA RICA - DO NOT USE

    NEVER PICKED US UP AS ARRANGED – LEFT US AT THE AIRPORTDo NOT pay in advance for services from Easy Ride Costa Rica. I paid in advance and Javier Ortiz left us at the airport and never picked us up as arranged even though I confirmed with him via email the week before that he would be picking us up. The tourist officials at the airport tried to...

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  • you'll want to

    like many americans and Europeans, you'll get sucked into the idea of builidng a business and moving to Jaco.

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Jacó What to Pack

  • Little required

    one piece and carry on(unless you can fit in one carry on) little as possible, you can wash your clothes every day if possible. Bathing suit and shorts with a few tops. Nothing formal. Comfortable flip flops and a pair of tennis shoes for walking. No umberellas-too much trouble for the price. No jewerly-who do you know that you have to compete...

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  • Don't forget your bathing suit

    FLIP FLOPS are a must! Light-weight clothes, it gets really, really hot. Bring or purchase suntan lotion...I've never been so badly burnt in my life. I'm serious. Also, skin-so soft, mosquito repellant..everything that will prevent bites....I got about 37 bites. no joke. It's hard to bring a bulky camera bc there are so many 'active' things to...

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  • The sun can cause pain!

    Pack what ever you can carry. A rain jacket is a must along with shoes you don't mind getting wet. Normal common sense. Take plenty of sun screen. It dosen't take but just a couple of minutes to become a burnt piece of toast! Batteries and film cost a little more so bring plenty of each with you. There are tons of places for back packers to...

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Jacó Off The Beaten Path

  • Best Sunsets and drinks

    Head north from Jaco, go past the road to Los Suenos. Go up the mountain maybe a few miles and it should be the first left and there will be a sign for Villa Caletas hotel and restaurant. The drive up the "hill" to the place is LOCO!... and beautiful. Its incredible.

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  • Puntarenas

    About half way (2 1/2 hours) from San Jose to Jaco is Puntarenas. A nice place to stop and have a bite.

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  • Jacó Hotels

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Jacó Sports & Outdoors

  • Surfing...

    The Pro's House is a surf and skateboard shop located at the north end of Jaco Beach. I stopped in and spoke with Javier, the owner. He is a local with very good English and great expertise in surfing. They have a great selection of surf boards and skate boards if you are in the market. They also give surf lessons. Javier was very personable and...

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  • The Pro's House

    The Pro's House is a surf and skateboard shop located at the north end of Jaco Beach. I stopped in and spoke with Javier, the owner. He is a local with very good English and great expertise in surfing. They have a great selection of surf boards and skate boards if you are in the market. They also give surf lessons. Javier was very personable and...

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  • You can do everything from rafting to...

    My roommate and I decided to take surf lessons at Playa Hermosa, a nearby beach. It is geared towards girls, so it was even better...the waves are perfect for beginners. The sets are slow and they are good for long rides. Towel, bathing suit, and yourself. Might want to bring a rashguard.

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Jacó General

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  • Great Egrets

    On the east side of the the beach road through Refugio Nacional De Vida Silvestre De Playa Hermosa, there is an estuary where Great Egrets tend to flock. The three times I drove past here there was a large number of Egrets. As cars drove by the Egrets would take flight and circle the area together. It was beautiful to see.

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  • ATM

    These are hard to find in Jaco. This is the one I always use. It is reliable and always has money to dispense. It is located in the Il Galeone Centro Commercial building on Pastor Diaz ( main road). It is part of the BAC San Jose bank. When you enter this open air entrance there is a staircase on the right. Take this to the second floor. The bank...

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  • Jacó

    This was a phrase coined by one of my buddies on this trip and at some times almost was used as sort of a "battle cry.". If you do decide to go to Jaco with a group of friends, there is so much to see and do in Jaco that it might be a good possibility that you will find yourself splitting up and doing separate things, if not doing things on your...

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