If you have spent anytime in Central America recently you might have noticed the new chain of hostels that is quickly popping up everywhere. Selina, began with their first hostel in Panama a few years ago and has been branching out to popular tourist destinations throughout South and Central America. Last year Selina came to Jaco and it didn't take long for it to become one of the most popular spots in town. Long known to only cater to college kids and backpackers, the hostel industry has evolved now to become a place where all sorts of travelers are now considering. Selina's modern concept is hip and fresh, offering more than just a place to sleep but shared work space, actvities and a culture that targets the digital nomad and millennial generation. The Selina in Jaco is located right in the center of the beach, and includes what is now one of the most popular bars on the beach. It is one of the best places to Jaco to grab a drink and take in a sunset or just relax and watch the Jaco scene as surfers look to catch some Jaco's best waves just in front. Selina also features daily pick up volleyball games right on the sand in front. Selina and Jaco seem to be a perfect fit for each other, be sure to check it out the next time you visit Jaco!
Most travelers rely on tripadvisor when it comes to learning about an area's best restaurants. From my experience I've found that many times the top rated restaurants on tripadvisor can be a bit hit or miss, but when it comes to Jaco's current top ranked restaurant on tripadvisor, it sure seems to be pretty spot on. For the past few months Ohana Sushi has held the number one spot on trip advisor, and for good reason. While their amazing rolls and sashimi might be their staple, Ohana is much more than sushi so don't skip it just because your entire group might not be up for sushi. Ohana also features other dishes like salads, teriyaki chicken, skewers and rice bowls. My favorite is their Reef Salad and their No Regrets roll. Also be sure to try one of their popular Ginger Margaritas. The open air restaurant provides a great vibe and prices are more than fair. Located in the center of Jaco. Check their page for more details
Next time you visit Jaco make sure you add Ohana to your list of restaurants to eat at in Jaco!
We have a lot of people who live and visit the Central Pacific for various reasons. Fishing, golfing, biking, yoga retreats, or just some some sunshine at the pool, all our popular activities, but our real bread and butter and our staple continues to be our worldclass surf. The Central Pacific is home to some of the best surfing in Costa Rica. Consistent breaks, uncrowded beaches and warm waters make it a heaven for surfers. Here is a summary of just a few of the most popular surf areas in the Central Pacific. If you have never tried surfing you should really give it a try, lessons are available thoughout the area. And if you looking for a property near these perfect waves be sure to check out these properties for sale in the Central Pacific.
Jaco is a small beachbreak with fun left and right peaks, you can surf almost the entire beach. It tends to close out when the waves are over head-high, or during dead low tide. Great beginner wave, or for a warm-up surf before tackling Nearby Hermosa or Escondida.
Long stretch of beach offering some of the most consistent conditions on the Pacific Coast. A variety of sandbars have formed creating a pounding and tubular beachbreak.
Breaking over a sandbar on the inside and outside on a submerged reef. Generally outside breaks reforms on the inside for more beginner surfers. No crowds and best conditions at high tide on a south swell.
Beach break offering long waves breaking close to the shore. Best conditions at mid – high tide on a south/southwest swell.
This month National Geographic featured Costa Rica in a long article about how it is one country that seems to have it figured out when it comes to joy and happiness. It is a great read and encourage you to check it out here. Always a good reminder of what I think makes this country indeed so special and an even better reminder to make a trip to visit Costa Rica!
Costa Rica continues to grow as a popular tourist destination, but what is interesting is how diverse those tourists are becoming. Traditionally Costa Rica has focused on the United States and Canada for the majority of their tourists, but a concentrated marketing effort in Europe over the past couple years, along with the help of several new direct flights across the Atlantic have propelled the tourism market.. With direct flights to Spain, England, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, and France, we are seeing a strong increase in travelers from throughout Europe.
Another sector that continues to grow is local tourism. Now more than ever, Costa Ricans have more disposable income, along with more cars, leading to many Ticos making much more frequent trips to the beaches for a quick get away. Perhaps no market has benefited more than this than Jaco and moving forward expect to see Jaco and San Jose market merge closer together. Recently I helped launch a local campaign targeting locals and promoting the Jaco area. Take a look below.
Sometimes its easy to forget that tourism in Costa Rica is still relatively young, with both local and international travelers visiting the Central Pacific I feel Jaco is in a strong position to benefit over the long run.
For Costa Rica real estate sales and consulting in the Jaco area be sure to contact David Karr.
I really love how this video turned out and think it really captures what Jaco is all about. This is a part of a campaign promoting local tourism to local Costa Ricans. Check out the video and see why Jaco is becoming one of the premier beach destinations in Costa Rica. Follow FB page here.
This is a part of a campaign promoting local tourism to local Costa Ricans. Check out the video and see why Jaco is becoming one of the premier beach destinations in Costa Rica. Follow FB page here.
With the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Central Pacific county of Garabito is the first in Costa Rica to implement a public policy on controlling and monitoring plastics on its beaches, said the international agency yesterday. The beaches of Jacó, Hermosa, Herradura, Tárcoles and Guacalillo will be jointly monitored by surfers and the municipal government to fight against plastic pollution.
Plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, and plastic containers are a few examples of the endless waste stream clogging the earth’s waterways and endangering marine life. The Central Pacific coast’s community strategy promotes the substitution of these plastics with renewable materials and marine composites that biodegrade within six months even in the marine environment.
The Coastal Surfing Association (ACOS, its initials in Spanish), a non-profit community group located next to the Municipality of Garabito, will lead the effort which launched last Saturday, June 24 at Playa Jacó. The initiative is part of the newly inaugurated national strategy to replace single-use or disposable plastics with renewable and compostable alternatives. Alice Shackelford, UNDP representative in Costa Rica, said Garabito provides an example of civil society and local authorities joining together for environmental protection. “We need more social, economic and government actors to make alliances and take action to replace single use plastic. This monitoring work is essential to make the beach pollution situation visible and to measure the impacts of the strategy we are promoting. This is a clear example of how all people and institutions can work together to turn Costa Rica into a plastic free zone. ”
Fernando Mora, Deputy Minister of Water and Seas at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, stated that “Solid waste is a threat to the development of societies, the lack of adequate disposal of these and their integral management have endangered our aquatic resources. The national strategy aims to motivate consumers … we dream of products that are more sustainable and friendly with the environment.” Víctor Arce, President of the Coastal Surfing Association (ACOS) stressed that the association has a strong commitment to protecting the environment, so that together with the municipality they will carry out monthly monitoring on beaches as part of a pilot program to measure the impact of reducing plastics.
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Costa Rica has long been linked to living a healthier lifestyle, whether it is a short vacation or more retirement, foreigners are flocking to Costa Rica for all of its benefits that help provide not just a healthier alternative but better well being.
Let's face it, most of us are a mess and need either a little unplugging or a quick reset. Becoming more popular in Costa Rica are wellness retreat centers catering to these travelers and retirees where they can receive cleanses, detox, weight loss and a number of other options to help clear your mind and body in a truly healing environment. Eden Retreat Center covers all of that and more with a broad team of professionals. Eden Retreat Center is a truly integrative medical retreat center that offers a wide variety of therapies including yoga, qi gong, meditation, massage, local organic meals, spa treatments, eastern and western medical treatments, and so much more.
Nestled in the mountains next to Carara National park, just outside of Jaco Beach, Eden features stunning ocean and jungle views. Their spring is sourced from these mountains providing us with pristine drinking water. Located only 15 minutes to the world class surf beach of Jaco and 50 minutes to San Jose International Airport.
Jaco is undergoing a transformation which is improving the quality of life for all in the area. The multi million dollar marina los Suenos, a world class international school, Conde Nast top 10 most romantic hotel Villa Calletas, a brand new state of the art commercial center Jaco Walk, and Croc's hotel and casino are just some of the developments in the area that are revitalizing Jaco into a highly desirable place to call home. Once you have had your fill of city life you can retreat to the hills at Eden and enjoy a healthy lifestyle paired with an authentic Costa Rican experience by visiting the charming mountain towns here in this region. Eden is perfectly situated to strike that balance between authentic Costa Rica combined with all the modern conveniences.