Everything You Need to Know
Planning a trip to Costa Rica? We recommend Jaco! This Jaco travel guide will tell you everything you need to know about this amazing surf town. Jaco is extremely popular with both locals and international travelers, offering beautiful beaches, adrenaline filled adventures, great restaurants, and impeccable nightlife. This off-the-beaten path town also serves as a gateway to national parks, crocodile rivers, gorgeous waterfalls, and so much more. In this post we will cover everything you need to know, including transportation, accommodations, things to do, tips and tricks, and more!
The local currency is Colones ($1 USD = 642 colones). Between all the fun Jaco has to offer, be prepared to spend some money! The tours run around $100 per person, and food prices are comparable to American prices.
WHEN TO VISIT
The dry season, mid December through August, is the most popular time for tourism, but expect crowded beaches and higher prices. The rainy season, September through early December, is a cheaper & less popular time to visit, even though it only rains 1-2 hours a day.
Central Standard time.
The closest airport to Jaco is SJO, about 2 hours away. Upon arriving at SJO, your transportation options to Jaco including renting a car, taking a shuttle (~$45 / person) or hiring a taxi ($80-$100 / taxi). In general, rentals are very accessible and the route from SJO to Jaco is easy to navigate – making it a popular option.
Once in Jaco, the town is extremely walkable. If you are in need of a ride, Taxis are readily available and extremely affordable.
What To Expect
Where We Stayed
Croc’s is a luxurious, full-service resort, situated ocean-front on the quiet, northern end of Jaco Beach. The resort has it all, offering four restaurants, an outdoor swimming pool, a Las Vegas Style Casino, a gym, spa, two bars and a garden. The pool here is amazing – large and spacious with tons of space to lounge, relax and swim. This is one of the most luxurious places to stay in Jaco.
Things To Do
For being such a small town, we were extremely impressed with the food scene! Check out the restaurants and bars on the beach for casual, surfer vibes, or head to the main strip for a wide variety of food! The town offers everything from small, family owned cafes, to upscale dining. Here is a list of our favorite spots:
In the northern end of town you will find this contemporary and Mediterranean restaurant. The restaurant features delicious and healthy Mediterranean dishes made with Costa Rican ingredients.
Graffiti Resto Cafe + Wine
This upscale, contemporary spot is one of the best places in Jaco for a nice dinner out. You can expect a cool, edgy atmosphere, innovative dishes made only from local ingredients, and a plethora of events and live music.
Zona K Bistro
This small bistro, owned by a Costa Rican chef, serves up innovative fare with a Latin and Asian influence.
The Green Room
This restaurant serves delicious, affordable food, with everything from burgers and tacos to refined fish and steak dishes. This was our go-to spot every morning to sip on bloody Mary’s and work on the blog. The vibes are very tropical and fun, featuring local art, creative drinks, and live music.
This open air, surfer restaurant is a hot spot in Jaco, serving the best fish tacos around! The atmosphere is relaxed and fun, from breakfast through to dinner.
Hang with the locals and dance to salsa music at this adorable bar and restaurant, located directly on the beach near Croc’s hotel.
Known as the best place for traditional Costa Rican food in Jaco, this popular spot almost always has a line out the door! The food is served buffet style, with the options changing by the day. Better yet, a traditional meal with a drink will only run you about $6.
This local brewery serves up delicious gourmet pub fare such as nachos, wraps, burgers, and fish sandwiches.
This sleek and popular sushi spot is a must-not-miss for our suchi lovers out there! The sushi was incredibly fresh, the drinks were delicious, and they almost always have specials going on.
There is a reason Jaco is so popular among solo travelers and singles – it has such a great nightlife! The main bars and clubs are located along the main street, Avenue Pastor Diaz, and stay open late into the night. To our surprise, drink prices were comparable to what you would pay in America. But luckily, numerous bars almost always offer drink specials. Our Jaco travel guide lists a couple of our favorite bars below:
Ou Favorite Bars
Overall, we absolutely love this small, surfer town! It is relatively cheap and provides the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. We hope you have enjoyed our Jaco Travel Guide! Be sure to head over to our Destinations page to access many more worldwide comprehensive travel guides!