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Jaco has the reputation of being a beach side party town. While the parties may last late into the night, party scene here is far from that of Panama City Beach during spring break. The partying here happens at the Costa Rican speed of things, which if you have never been to Costa Rica before, is slow….very slow. To sum it up in a few words; Jaco offers clean and beautiful beaches, plenty of nightlife, and a laid back atmosphere.


Jaco is a popular beach town located in North of the Puntarenas province on the central Pacific Coast.

How to Get to Jaco

Jaco is located only about two hours from San Jose. It is very possible to get off your plane in San Jose and arrange transportation to Jaco. The cheapest means of getting there will be by bus, but if that doesn’t work for your schedule, you can arrange for a group tax van at the airport.


Jaco follows the same general beach climate as the rest of the coastal cities. Temperatures usually stay between the 70s and 80s F. It rains regularly here, but never anything major. You have the occasional afternoon showers and some times regular rainfall all day, but thats anywhere in Costa Rica.

What To Do

Because Jaco is such a popular town, there are plenty of tour operators to go around. Most hotels and hostels will have their own tour companies to help you plan your adventures.

Next to the night life, the most popular activity that brings people to Jaco is surfing. The waves are always breaking and decently sized year round.

With such a beautiful beach and picturesque coast, it is no surprise many people opt for horseback rides on the beach.

If you feel like seeing the beach from another view, you may want to check out some of the sea kayaking tours.

If fishing is your thing, Jaco has plenty of it. The town offers a number of offshore sport fishing charters. these are great fun for novice and experienced fishers alike.