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Info Jaco offer all the information and travel information about Jacó,
and it’s surrounding area.

Info Jaco is designed to be a quick read (in whatever order you choose), so the listings for hotels, restaurants, and sights are standardized throughout the chapters.

Info Jaco reflect Informatives reviews on hotels, restaurants, and tours.
Accommodation, festivals, transport, maps, activities and attractions.
A full scope beach city guide toenjoy Jaco and it surroundings.

Find information about Jaco Beach that is real and no hype.
Find the relevant travel information, vacation rentals, sightseeing highlights, real estate hot deals , and transportation information about Jaco and it’s surrounding.

Did You Know ?!

Jacó is a resort city originally planned by Charles Elwood Jaco, born 1925, who inherited the land and envisioned it as a fun family resort community for everyone. He was a successful Oil Tycoon when he started Jaco Oil in Texas. He envisioned Playa Jaco Beach as resort community for everyone to enjoy including his children that included 2 sons (Charles & James), 1 daughter (Sheila Jaco Ginn) and his grandchildren. He worked extremely hard and was quiet about his dream. He died from suddenly in 1977. His death was suspected by his 2nd wife (Delores Marie Soy) on their Texas Ranch (his Will for his children was never found).


Info Jaco offer all the information and travel information about Jacó,
and it’s surrounding area.

Info Jaco is designed to be a quick read (in whatever order you choose), so the listings for hotels, restaurants, and sights are standardized throughout the chapters.

Info Jaco reflect Informatives reviews on hotels, restaurants, and tours.
Accommodation, festivals, transport, maps, activities and attractions.
A full scope beach city guide toenjoy Jaco and it surroundings.

Find information about Jaco Beach that is real and no hype.
Find the relevant travel information, vacation rentals, sightseeing highlights, real estate hot deals , and transportation information about Jaco and it’s surrounding.

Did You Know ?!

Jacó is a resort city originally planned by Charles Elwood Jaco, born 1925, who inherited the land and envisioned it as a fun family resort community for everyone. He was a successful Oil Tycoon when he started Jaco Oil in Texas. He envisioned Playa Jaco Beach as resort community for everyone to enjoy including his children that included 2 sons (Charles & James), 1 daughter (Sheila Jaco Ginn) and his grandchildren. He worked extremely hard and was quiet about his dream. He died from suddenly in 1977. His death was suspected by his 2nd wife (Delores Marie Soy) on their Texas Ranch (his Will for his children was never found).

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Surfing in Jaco

With its perfect and predictable sandy-bottomed beach break, flanked by more challenging waves on either side, Jaco has long been a top draw for the international surfing set. Waves are kicky enough for experts and great for beginners, hence the scores of surf schools and independent instructors located around town. This is also one of the best spots in Central America to rent or buy a used board for your own endless summer; many surfers start their trips here for this very reason.

Jaco, with its endless options for lodging, dining, and nightlife, makes a fine and festive base for exploring area beaches on Costa Rica’s gorgeous Central Pacific Coast. Don’t limit yourself! With scores of inexpensive taxis plying the streets, and solid bus service for budget travelers, you can enjoy a playa for every taste.

1. Jaco

Costa Rica’s classic surf beach surrounds a beautiful, shallow bay with dove-gray sands, all fringed in high-rise condominiums and oceanfront bars serving excellent seafood and tasty adult beverages. While this stretch of sea is perfect for surfing and bodyboarding, it can be a bit rough for some swimmers.

2. Playa Herradura

Just 4km (2mi) north of Jaco, in the luxury development of Los Suenos, is this playa preferred by well-healed travelers staying at the gorgeous Marriot or one of the plush premium vacation rentals in the rolling hills. While the beach itself isn’t particularly pretty (and be careful of crocodiles!), Marina Los Suenos is the only five-star parking for yachts in the country. With several fine restaurants overlooking the stunning scene, it’s the perfect spot to escape from the scruffiness of Jaco.

3. Playa Blanca

If you book a horseback tour from Jaco, this lovely, undeveloped beach is likely where you’re headed. With white sands and swaying palm trees, this is the paradise you may feel you’re missing out on in Jaco proper. Punta Leona resort offers easy access for a nominal fee.

4. Playa Hermosa

Jaco’s less developed twin, just 10km (6mi) south on the coastal highway, offers a more pristine setting for your surf adventure. The waves are for more experienced riders, and the mellow setting is a delight for the early-to-bed, early-to-rise crowd that takes its surfing seriously.

5. Playa Estilleros

Take the coastal highway south 24km (15mi) to Los Estilleros—actually three separate communities sprawled along the dark gray beaches, Estilleros, Estilleros Oeste, and Estilleros Este. Though this is one of the more dangerous beaches for swimming in Costa Rica, the little-developed region offers a taste of natural Costa Rica, with all the coconut palms, almond trees, and wildlife you could want. Surfing is good, and an eclectic collection of hotels and resorts makes this a good spot to get away from it all.

Info Jaco, new edition, point you in the right direction, as well, as this guide has up-to-date information and recommendations on the best hotels and restaurants in Jaco Beach and surrounding. It also has information on shopping, nightlife, and attractions like tours, helpful historical asides, and details on what makes Jaco Beach so unique .

Whether you are interested in surfing, Sport fishing, doing a canopy tour, or finding the best spot to have the coolest beer near your hotel after swimming in the Pacific ocean..

… It’s all here.

On the cover Review Tour

Jose’s Crocodile Tour


We booked a day tour of several Costa Rica sites with Ricky Ricardo. We had wanted to do the crocodile/mangrove tour and our guide, Arturo, booked us with Jose and said he was the best. The tour was fabulous! I thought we would only be seeing crocodiles, but we also saw a huge variety of unique birds, which were pointed out, along with HUGE crocodiles, including an 18 footer! The boat is lower to the water than others we saw, which made you feel like you were right next to the crocodile or other wildlife. Jose and crew were extremely knowledgeable and the tour last close to two hours. It was evident from looking at the other various vendors, that indeed Jose offers the best tours, spends more time on the tour and pointing out various wildlife, and travels further up the river than many (this was how we go to see the big 18 footer that others missed). I highly recommend choosing Jose!
Visited March 2016

Our experience at Jose’s Crocodile Tour was wonderful. It could be best described as ‘up close and personal.’ Jose knows all of the crocs by name, and he introduced us to all of them! Jose and Jimmy steered the boat so that it came very close to the crocs vs seeing them from a distance. Jimmy got out of the boat several times and fed the crocs. We had so many great photo ops! At one point, Jimmy borrowed my daughter’s ‘go pro’ camera and filmed one of the crocs up close, including inside his mouth. In addition to crocs, we saw many lovely birds, all of which were described to us by Jose.
We would highly recommend Jose’s Crocodile Tour. It was definately a highlight of our trip to Costa Rica.
Visited February 2016

From the Editor

There are many tourism magazines from which to choose, and I want to take this opportunity to share my appreciation for your support of this particular publication. In my opinion, we have the best Local Guide for Jaco and it’s surrounding area.. A recent national survey of  Costa Rican Tourist Chamber ranked Info Jaco guide number-two in cover-to-cover readership for tourism magazines over in Costa Rica. The number-one position belongs to a publication of bigger groups like Tico Times and La Nacion.  What does cover-to-cover readership mean to me? It means you are taking the time to go through the entire magazine. It means you value the content that we produce every edition. It means you have an appreciation for the fact that we strive to provide useful information, not just a few nuggets. So for that, and on the behalf of the whole team of Info Jaco…… THANK YOU.

2 years ago we established our sacred set of editorial principles that we adhere to for every single information and article published on Info Jaco. We always protect your interests, dear reader, and ensure that the content published always merits your attention. We never publish any articles that will not defend and/or bring a responsible information on Jaco and it’s surrounding. We don’t reserve our information to our only sponsors but provide a wide set of information for the benefit of the reader and/or our dear Visitors/Tourist. Our lovely advertisers and sponsors have no influence on our content whatsoever. These rules help us guarantee a fertile environment in which useful, high-quality information can be born.

Pura Vida!

A major Destination

Jaco is a major tourist destination in Costa Rica, that offers almost anything anyone on vacation or relocating to Costa Rica might want or need. Jaco is a bustling town that has experienced extreme development over the last few years, a trend that looks like it will continue over the next several years, making Jaco a hotspot for tourists, retirees and locals. Since the opening of the new highway Jaco has become even more accessible by the San Jose International Airport. This top travel destination is equally popular among locals, foreign tourists, and the many residents that call this area their home.  This area offers a wide range of activites and entertainment.  Yearly surf competitions are held only a few minutes south in Playa Hermosa.

Visiting Jaco

Great Food and worth a try. Be sure to explore the many other great restaurants Jaco has to offer. You will find the widest selection of restaurants, nightlife, activities, and tours in Jaco, than any other part of Costa Rica. It is the #1 destination in Costa Rica and for good reason.

Jaco is a great place to relax with your family while visiting Costa Rica.  While it has somewhat of a reputation as a party town, there are plenty of wholesome activates during the day to keep the kids happy and a good variety of restaurants to feed the family when the sun goes down.  Also, there are many Tico families who choose this spot for their annual vacations – so the kids also have a good chance of making some local friends and language is usually no barrier for playmates.

If relaxing by the beach or pool is your idea of a good vacation, Jaco is the place for your clan.  Lined with coconut trees, the beach has a very tropical feel and is a good place to watch surfers, play in the sand or go for a dip in the Pacific (be careful of strong currents if children play in the surf). Sandy Lavine


The Jaco Beach & Los Suenos region is world known as the Fishing Capital of Costa Rica. It’s a fact there are more trophy Big Game Sportfish caught out of this region year round, than any other part of Costa Rica. The bait rich waters of the Pacific Ocean attract migrating schools of some of the worlds biggest populations of Pacific Sailfish, Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin, Mahi-Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo , and more!

With the countries only 5-Star and full service Marina & Resort located at Los Suenos, combined with the most productive fishing waters in the country, the best Big Game Fishing Captains & Boats from all over the world have decided to call Los Suenos and Jaco Beach home. The near shore fishery in the region is also world class offering enormous Roosterfish, Snapper, Snook, Grouper, Corvina, and many more species! The top near shore boats in the region also call the Los Suenos Resort & Marina home.

Fishing is seasonal depending on the specie you wish to target and the time of year that offers the best opportunities at successfully landing the fish of your dreams! Here is a general guide as to which fish you are most likely to land in the strongest numbers throughout the year. Of course fish don’t follow a calender and in many cases, the bite can be great when normally slow and slow when normally strong.

Aerial Tram Tour

See the rainforest of Costa Rica on this Pacific Aerial Tram ride from Jaco! Get a bird’s-eye view of the Costa Rican rainforest, and an up-close look at exotic birds, plants and wildlife. Enjoy a relaxing tram ride as you admire the views of the Pacific coast.


• Rainforest aerial tram ride from Jaco
• Discover exotic plants and wildlife as you glide over the Costa Rican rainforest
• Observe spectacular views of the Pacific Coast
• Local, bilingual guide
• Complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off

What You Can Expect

Butterfly in Costa Rica
Spend time discovering the nature and wildlife of Costa Rica on an aerial tram! Located on 222 acres (90 hectacres) of forest, the Pacific Aerial Tram showcases small waterfalls and scenic views of the Pacific Ocean, as well as native wildlife. A naturalist guide will ride with you on your tram ride, to help spot exotic wildlife and to teach you about the flora and fauna.

After pickup from your Jaco hotel, your guide will take you to the scenic Costa Rican rainforest for your 1.5-hour tram ride. From the air, admire bird’s-eye views of the lush, green rainforest canopy below. Then take a walk along several nature trails with your bilingual guide, who will help point out exotic birds, such as toucans and warblers, and plants native to the rainforest.

After exploring the Costa Rican rainforest, you’ll be transported back to your hotel.

Carara National Park >> Jaco

Observe abundant wildlife under a canopy of giant trees in Carara National Park! On the tour from Jaco, experience the unique transition zone of this dry rainforest with a local guide, and look for scarlet macaws, sloths and poison arrow frogs as you stroll. After exploring the trails, you’ll enjoy a stop at Jaco Beach – a surfer’s paradise!


• Half-day small-group tour of Carara National Park from Jaco
• Enjoy a 3-hour easy hike in prime rainforest habitat
• Spot unique wildlife such as kinkajous and white-faced capuchin monkeys
• Visit Jaco Beach to watch surfers ride the waves
• Hotel pickup and drop-off, plus entrance fees, included

What You Can Expect

Scarlet Macaw at Carara Biological Reserve
When you arrive in Carara National Park from Jaco with your informative guide, you’ll be amazed by the amount of easy-to-spot wildlife in this stunning biological reserve, spanning 11,600 acres (4,700 hectares). Embark on a 3-hour walk through the forest as your guide points out its natural ecological features to your small group.

The reserve contains primary rainforest habitat that supports a variety of species, making it a bird-watching haven; since the forest is dryer, there’s more open space to make wildlife viewing easier – especially in a small group. As you stroll along the paths and peek quietly through the undergrowth, learn how the low, mountainous region acts as a transition zone for flora and fauna.

A Must-Experience Crocodile
River Adventure in Jaco

Jose’s Crocodile River Tour takes place on the Tarcoles River in Central Pacific Costa Rica. Get up-close with American crocodiles of all sizes, and observe an abundance of beautiful exotic birds! Enjoy spectacular rainforest scenery and cruise through dense mangrove forest canals. Spot jungle wildlife such as iguanas, lizards, and monkeys, and experience our one-of-a-kind crocodile feeding show!
Jose’s Crocodile River Tour is the best way to get up-close with
Costa Rica’s wildlife and beauty!

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FAQ Tourism in Costa Rica
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1. Do I need a passport to go to Costa Rica?
A valid passport is mandatory to enter Costa Rica.

2. Do I need a visa to go to Costa Rica?
Depending on your country of origin you may enter Costa Rica without a visa. USA, Canada and most European countries have this privilege.

3. Can I enter Costa Rica with a one way ticket?
All visitors must have an entry and exit ticket, whether it is by air or by land, as the case may be, as a requirement to entre the country.
> Information about Costa Rica · Info Jaco

4.Do I need an international driver´s license to drive in Costa Rica?
You are allowed to drive with your normal drivers license for three months.> Information about Costa Rica · Info Jaco

5.Can I get married in Costa Rica? What documents do I need?
Foreigners can get married in Costa Rica. The documents needed are: – original birth certificate – affidavit of single status – police record – valid passport – divorce decree (if applicable) – These documents need to follow the authentication procedure before being taken to Costa Rica.
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6.What is the difference between the rain forest and the cloud forest?
The main difference is that in the cloud forest doesn´t rain as much as in the rain forest. The species of flora and fauna that you might find differ from one to the other.
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7.Is the water drinkable in Costa Rica?
The water is potable in most of the country. We recommend using bottled water, specially in areas around the coast.
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8. Is there a train service in Costa Rica?
There is a train tour that goes from San Jose to Caldera. For information and reservations please call (506)2233-3300 or (506)2221-0777.
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9. What is the currency in Costa Rica?
The Costa Rican currency is called Colon. US dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted.
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10. Are credit cards accepted in Costa Rica?
All major credit cards are widely accepted. You will find ATM machined distributed throughout the country.
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11. What kind of inoculations do I have to take to Costa Rica?
Starting on July 30, 2007, the Costa Rican authorities will demand that all travelers coming from the following countries (Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Bolivia, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador as well as the Republic of Guyana) have a yellow fever vaccination certificate.
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12. Do I need an electric adapter for a hair drier?
Outlets are 110 V, with standard US two prong plugs.
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13. What documents are required to enter with a pet to Costa Rica?
Dogs and cats entering Costa Rica must have a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian, endorsed by a veterinarian service (VS) veterinarian. The examination for the certificate must be conducted within the two weeks prior to traveling to Costa Rica. The required vaccinations are: distemper, hepatitis, lestospirosis, parvovirus and rabies (for animals 4 months or older.
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14. How much is he departure tax?
Departure tax is US$28.00, can be paid in US Dollars, colones or with a credit cards.
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15. How can I get a working visa?
You must apply for a working visa at the Costarican Consulate.
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16. How can I apply for legal residency in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica offers different ways to legalize your status: -temporary resident -pensioner -Foreigner government mission For more legal information contact the Costarican consulate or the Costarican Residents Association at www.casacanada.net
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17. Are the national parks wheel chair accessible?
The Poas Volcano National Park is the only one that offers access for wheel chairs.
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18. Is there a tour operator offering special tours for handicapped people?
Kosta Rhoda offers special trips for the handicapped.
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19. Is there an American Legion in Costa Rica?
There is an American Legion for people who went to the army. You can also contact The Association of Residents at: (506)2233-8068 or at www.casacanada.net
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20. If I decided to stay longer, can I get a visa while I am there?
You just have to leave the country for 72 hours, upon returning to Costa Rica the permit will be renewed automatically for 90 more days.
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21. What should I bring when going to the rain forest?
All you need is insect repellent, a rain coat with a hood and hiking boots.
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As Jacó lies on the seashore, climate is normally humid, with relative humidity around 80%, reaching 90% in June. Temperature is 85–90 °F (24-32 °C) during the day and 75–80 °F (24-26 °C) at night. During the dry season, away from the water, the temperature may consistently reach 95 °F (35 °C) or above.
Jacó lies in a tropical climate zone mainly defined by distinct dry and wet seasons. Generally speaking, August through early December are wet, and late December through early April are dry; the remaining months have irregular rainy spells.

Jacó lies between several mountains, and is neighbored by the beaches of Herradura Bay to the North, and Playa Hermosa to the South. About 35 kilometers north of Jacó, lies the Carara National Park, recognized for its exuberant wildlife and dense rain forest. Carara is home to one of the largest remaining populations of wild scarlet macaws in the country. The ecotourism park Rainforest Adventures, NatGeo´s top ten of adventure trips,[2] is just 5 minutes from the beach and it features an aerial tram through the transitional forest. The Manuel Antonio National Park is located 75 kilometres south of Jacó.
Jacó lies about 100 kilometers (a little less than two hours via Route 34) from the capital San José and an hour and a half from Costa Rica’s primary international airport, Juan Santamaría International, accessed via route 34/27.

Jaco is fairly small, and it’s easy to see the entire town in one day. But you can also just as easily take your time and spend several days exploring, shopping, going to the beach, surfing, dining out, going to bars, and taking tours in the Jaco area. If you have a rental car, a drive along the Western Costa, along the Costanera is very beautiful, and offers many opportunities to stop, take pictures, or find private, secluded beaches. Manuel Antonio, one of Costa Rica’s National Parks, is an hour drive from Jaco, and is nearly a straight shot South along the Costanera highway.

Jaco is not very big, but there are plenty of things to do there. Surfing and boogie boarding are extremely popular, and it’s fairly inexpensive to rent a board for the day. Jaco is known for being one of the best beginner surf spots in Costa Rica for the beach breaks (sand bottom) and good waves during high tides. There are lots of surf camps and surf schools in the area, make sure you choose one that is credible and especially certified to guarantee quality. There are also many shops along Jaco’s main street that offer surfboard/boogie board rentals. Lying out on the beach and swimming are nice. The beach is beautiful, however the black sand at midday is scorching hot. There are some fantastic restaurants in Jaco, including some excellent “sodas”, the local traditional restaurant. At night there are numerous clubs and bars that stay open late.

• Del Mar Extreme. Fitness vacations and sport adventure tours including stand up paddling, stand up paddle surf lessons, mountain biking tours and beachfront fitness classes (yoga, boxing, pilates, TRX, beach boot camp, circuit training, butts and guts and capoeira).

• Del Mar Surf Camp. Surf camp and yoga retreat owned and operated by local Costa Rican surfer, Maria Del Mar. Premiere and certified surf camp featuring surf lessons, surf coaching, surf tours, private surf lessons, family surf lessons day packages and surf camps including all inclusive surf packages, women’s surf, and yoga camps, and surf and detox retreats. Locally certified Costa Rican school with ISA, CPR, first aid and water rescue with no more than two students per instructor.

• Herradura (North of Jaco). Herradura village offers a beautiful cove-style beach, that is often less crowded than the beach at Jaco. The beach was the site of the filming of the movie 1492, and one can tell why by its rustic beauty. As there are many rivers flowing into Herradura Bay, at times there are crocodiles that swim in the bay to feed. They are difficult to see, as a result of the black sand, so be very cautious when swimming there.

• Playa Blanca (N of Jaco). The entrance to this beach is extremely difficult to find, and it’s best to have a local point it out to you. The road is quite bumpy and filled with potholes, so go slowly and cautiously. Since all the other beaches in the Jaco area are made up of black sand (volcanic rock) Playa Blanca is a welcome change. This beach, also part of the Punta Leona Resort, is virtually closed off from the rest of the world. Although you can get there for free down the hidden road, you can also pay to use the beach through the Punta Leona Resort.

• Playa Hermosa (The first village S of Jaco). Considered one of the best surfing locations in the world, the beach is extremely dangerous. People die here every year, as they do in Jaco as well, and the riptides and large waves in Hermosa are notorious. Be extremely careful when swimming in Hermosa. The black sand at midday is scalding hot, and will burn your feet. But the beach is beautiful and uncrowded. Most people prefer to spend their time in Jaco, and Hermosa is largely ignored. A great place for a drink or a snack while in Hermosa is the Backyard Bar. In contrast to the rowdy bars of Jaco, this one has a very mellow, surfer vibe.

• River Tarcoles (N past Punta Leona). The river is famous for one thing, its crocodiles. Park alongside the road and walk along the bridge to view the hundreds of crocodiles lying below. Many of the local resorts and hotels offer crocodile tours to Tarcoles where you can see the creatures up close. If that’s a frightening idea, the view from the bridge is impressive enough.

• Vista Guapa Surf Camp. Stand up paddle and surf lessons for beginners and experienced surfers, individuals and groups. The camp has its own accommodation in comfortable air-con bungalows with great ocean views. Also offers adventure tours including mountain bike, yoga classes, and packages with trips to national parks. Run by Alvaro Solano, seven times national surf champion and current champion of the masters category.