Jaco Beach
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Less than two hours away from the hustle and bustle of San Jose, Jaco is a vibrant beach town well-loved by locals. Its dark pebbled beach is fringed with palm trees, with warm rolling waves that attract surfers from all over Costa Rica. As the undertow can get strong, swimming isn’t recommended, but you can always take a surf lesson or even ride a horse along the coast. Nearby, you’ll find plenty of shops and restaurants, and after sundown, Jaco’s beach bars come alive with music and dancing. For ideal beach weather, it’s best to visit between December and April. – Tripadvisor
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  • Nicola P
    Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bus from Jaco to Herradura beach
    The beach is great to walk or run down but really for surfers. Playa Herradura, a few kms north is lovely for swimming with some great little beach bars. Take the bus for 330c which picks up all along Pastor Diaz Ave in Jaco starting from the north end on the hour. It takes about 45 minutes then leaves the beach on the hour. You can also take this bus to the point where it does a 3 point turn past the school in Herradura town (before it gets to the beach), and walk the last km to Los Suenos adventure park.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 August 2023
  • William W
    Henderson, Nevada11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vacation in Jaco Beach, Costa Rica
    I’ve never experienced anything like this! There were all kinds of Women there and it was during the slow rainy season. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like during the summer. I recommend any single guy go to Jaco Beach once in their life to experience the unbeatable.
    Visited October 2019
    Travelled with friends
    Written 28 November 2023
  • heidilcombs
    4 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Costa Rica is a no go
    The day trips are cool but a lot of people begging for money. Was approached by a guy, obviously on drugs, begging for money. That scared me. I called restaurant staff to get him away from me. Do not go out at night. Get dinner delivered or something. You can be eating in a restaurant and people are allowed to come in, interrupt your dinner, to try and sell you junk. Would I visit again?...probably not
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 December 2023
  • TravelingLu23
    Carmel, Indiana4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful wide beach, great for a day!
    Beautiful beach with large cascading cliffs on each end. It is definitely a surf beach so waves crashing, strong undertow so need to be a good swimmer to be in it. No shells just beautiful rocks so would be good to have swim shoes. Very wide beach at low tide so great to walk and amazing sunsets. Restaurants around to walk to, sand is dark and hard to get out of a swimsuit but worth a fun day here. Definitely want to rent chairs and umbrellas which we did with Ticos.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 January 2024
  • Mimi C
    Seattle, Washington103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and Lively
    The sunsets here are an amazing sight to see. In March, the water was so perfectly warm I just couldn't get enough. Also, in March, it is not too crowded. There are tons of palm trees in case you need shade and if you're lucky enough, you can knock a coconut down! The locals here are so friendly and there's plenty of places to eat. Lots of options for hostiles and nightlife too. The waves are great for surfing. I would come back!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 March 2024
  • Nadina P
    New York City, New York526 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Pacific Beach
    The beach is beautiful, and probably exactly what people picture when they think of a Costa Rican Pacific beach. It's a short walk to the main strip, which is very chic yet authentic. There are plenty of restaurants, watering holes, and lodging along the beach. The big down side (to me) is that this is very obviously more of a tourist spot; you hear lots of English, and you will be pestered A LOT to rent surfboards, ride horses, and buy knick knacks. Still worth the visit.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 April 2024
  • Don Pablo
    Cape Coral, Florida3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect temp. water, ceviche, good people. Costa Rica is more up to speed than other Latin countries.
    We stayed at the House Impala, which is about 100 yards from the beach. (2min walk). Jaco beach is composed of dark sand, water temp was 82degrees f. lots of american and canadian tourists but still had plenty, and I mean plenty! of room to enjoy the beach, surfing, ceviche, and cold beer. We did the alligator tour (3 out of 10), ATV tour (10 out of 10, about 5 hours long) and casino (8 out of 10). average daily expenses with all attractions was about $300.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 May 2024
  • Chris B
    Columbia, South Carolina559 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surprisingly few people at this really nice beach!
    After booking our getaway in Jaco (with very little research other than looking for beaches on the Pacific side of Costa Rica) I began to grow worried that I'd picked a horrible touristy (dirty, loud, sketchy) town (like Myrtle Beach but in Costa Rica). I couldn't have been more wrong. The beach is relatively quiet and not overcrowded (at least in early June), which never made sense to me. Yes, it's hot, and the ocean water is a bit rough (but great for surfers), but it was just what we needed - a beach vacation, and plenty of restaurants and nightlife just one block off the beach. Would go again in a heartbeat, and hoping some day we will.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 May 2024
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Chris B
Columbia, SC559 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
After booking our getaway in Jaco (with very little research other than looking for beaches on the Pacific side of Costa Rica) I began to grow worried that I'd picked a horrible touristy (dirty, loud, sketchy) town (like Myrtle Beach but in Costa Rica). I couldn't have been more wrong.

The beach is relatively quiet and not overcrowded (at least in early June), which never made sense to me. Yes, it's hot, and the ocean water is a bit rough (but great for surfers), but it was just what we needed - a beach vacation, and plenty of restaurants and nightlife just one block off the beach.

Would go again in a heartbeat, and hoping some day we will.
Written 23 May 2024
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Don Pablo
Cape Coral, FL3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
We stayed at the House Impala, which is about 100 yards from the beach. (2min walk).
Jaco beach is composed of dark sand, water temp was 82degrees f. lots of american and canadian tourists but still had plenty, and I mean plenty! of room to enjoy the beach, surfing, ceviche, and cold beer. We did the alligator tour (3 out of 10), ATV tour (10 out of 10, about 5 hours long) and casino (8 out of 10). average daily expenses with all attractions was about $300.
Written 6 May 2024
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james w
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
This place is heaven on earth. It's very humid, which is expected. The night life is very vibrant. The people there are very friendly. It was a little expensive, but everything is imported pretty much. Pura Vida life if good.
Written 4 April 2024
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Nadina P
New York City, NY526 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The beach is beautiful, and probably exactly what people picture when they think of a Costa Rican Pacific beach. It's a short walk to the main strip, which is very chic yet authentic. There are plenty of restaurants, watering holes, and lodging along the beach. The big down side (to me) is that this is very obviously more of a tourist spot; you hear lots of English, and you will be pestered A LOT to rent surfboards, ride horses, and buy knick knacks. Still worth the visit.
Written 3 April 2024
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Mimi C
Seattle, WA103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
The sunsets here are an amazing sight to see. In March, the water was so perfectly warm I just couldn't get enough. Also, in March, it is not too crowded. There are tons of palm trees in case you need shade and if you're lucky enough, you can knock a coconut down! The locals here are so friendly and there's plenty of places to eat. Lots of options for hostiles and nightlife too. The waves are great for surfing. I would come back!
Written 18 March 2024
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Ramil
Houston, TX340 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Not much to do on this strip of coast, unless you want to jog. There are plenty of great beaches around, skip this one, do yourself a favor.
Written 30 January 2024
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S.N.
6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The beach is ok, although not super clean. There's some garbage lying around. But the most annoying thing are those sellers, they never stop coming to you and offer things. It's impossible to relax when every 5 minutes someone is approaching you. If you ignore them, they just stand there until they get your attention. So annoying
Written 27 January 2024
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TravelingLu23
Carmel, IN4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Beautiful beach with large cascading cliffs on each end. It is definitely a surf beach so waves crashing, strong undertow so need to be a good swimmer to be in it. No shells just beautiful rocks so would be good to have swim shoes. Very wide beach at low tide so great to walk and amazing sunsets. Restaurants around to walk to, sand is dark and hard to get out of a swimsuit but worth a fun day here. Definitely want to rent chairs and umbrellas which we did with Ticos.
Written 21 January 2024
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Joepure
Medellin, Colombia310 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Jaco was recommended by a number of friends who had traveled here before so when looking for a beach stay after touring the mountains, Jaco seemed like a reasonable choice. The lack of mid-price hotels and beach front properties should have been a clue, we booked a lovely condo midway on the beach front and spent a L_O_N_G four days. It was not horrible, but for the price, we probably could have gone to a resort

The good: the climate is ideal. It's warm and the the near-equatorial sun is definitely strong. The beach is a couple of miles long (end-to-end) and certainly felt safe during our morning walks. It's not a great beach. With a number of small estuaries that feed the bay, the beach is more dirt than sand. Not uncomfortable, but don't expect the Caribbean white sands and blue waters here in the Pacific. Compared to other "touristy" public beaches, the number of annoying vendors selling beverages or trinkets and trash was surprisingly low.

There are a number of independent enterprises that will rent you chaises, seats, umbrellas for a few dollars which did not seem unreasonable. Compared to the "main drag" of Pastor Diaz Ave, we felt much safer on the beach than walking to restaurants in town at night. As noted by others the "town" seems over-populated with liquor stores, beachwear shops and quick service food places... And oh - from my point of view - everything is very costly. VERY! 2 kg of local sirloin was $70 USD!!! KFC for two people $25 USD. For these prices, one can travel and enjoy Hawaii or Cancun or Aruba!

Lastly, I would say that Jaco is not particularly friendly. It's not that people are rude - it's just that as a tourist, nobody seemed to be happy we were there visiting. Oh, and I'm a Spanish speaker...so, it's not a communication problem. And btw, if you don't Speak Spanish, nearly everyone in a customer facing job in Costa Rica speaks English so you can relax.

After so enjoying our stay in La Fortuna, we were very disappointed with Jaco and would strongly urge most vacationers to look elsewhere.
Written 4 January 2024
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heidilcombs
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
The day trips are cool but a lot of people begging for money. Was approached by a guy, obviously on drugs, begging for money. That scared me. I called restaurant staff to get him away from me. Do not go out at night. Get dinner delivered or something. You can be eating in a restaurant and people are allowed to come in, interrupt your dinner, to try and sell you junk. Would I visit again?...probably not
Written 15 December 2023
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