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!
If you visit Jaco be sure to check out the Jaco Farmers Market. Every Thursday night from around 6:30 until 10 pm, Jaco’s Feria, or Farmer’s Market, kicks into gear. It continues the following morning starting around 7 am and going until approximately 2 pm. You will find an extensive variety of fresh local and national fruit, vegetables, cheeses, chicken, baked goods, organic coffee and other treats. The vibe is friendly and upbeat. Regular consumers greet and rub shoulders with acquaintances as they connect with the artisans, many of whom have been doing business at the Farmer’s Market for over ten years.
Cheeses from ZarceroOlger is one of those artisans who lives in the canton of Zarcero near San Carlos. He brings delicious cheeses from his hometown, the most popular being the semi-duro (semi-hard) and tierno, a milder “queso.” He explains that he has been selling at Jaco’s Farmers market for 16 years, first when it operated in front of the Municipality, then later when it moved to Calle Ancha and presently in the market’s location behind the clinic and next to the soccer field. He makes the trip down every Thursday to capitalize on the two days. In the past, the Feria was only open on Fridays. Besides cheese, Olger brings generous portions of pan de maiz, corn bread, and maisano bread.
Nathalie is from France but has been living in Playa Jaco for the past twenty three years, where she has also raised a family. She is the innovator behind Kombucha Pacifica , which specializes in five flavors of kombucha. The two most popular are the Mango Maracuya and Ginger. Samples are generously offered. Kombucha has beneficial bacteria, also known as probiotics, which are needed for nutrient absorption and digestion. Two different size bottles are available for a good price and a whole lot of taste.
James Thibault, originally from Orange County, California, is the owner of T-Bolt’s Costa Rican Organic Gourmet Coffee. After experiencing the rich flavor of Costa Rican coffee several years ago, James was inspired to produce an organic coffee without chemicals. Now in operation for just over two years, James is passionate about providing quality coffees to the public. Some of the brews available include “Clint Eastwood Go Ahead Wake My Day” Espresso and his specialty Vanilla instant iced coffee. He also makes a coffee liquer which is crafted in his home on Calle Hermosa. Find both T-Bolt organic coffees and also Kombucha Pacifica locally at Vida Pura on Jaco Walk, La Tiendita of Green Room and at the Satori Peace Shop in Herradura.
Isaac and Gloria have been coming to the Jaco Feria from San Isidro for the past ten years. Meno Delicias specializes in a wide variety of homemade treats, including cakes, pies, cookies, cinamon rolls, dinner rolls, jams and peanut butter. Travelling and working as a family is a way of of life for these friendly folk. Be sure to stop by their table early to get the best selection of goods.
The Feria is located just past the town’s Clinic and to the left of the Multiuse Gym and Soccer Field. To get there, turn onto the small road in front of the Municipality that leads to the post office and clinic.
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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.
Let's face it, pretty much everyone loves Costa Rica, and no doubt we see travelers from all over the world, but if there is one area that best suited for Costa Rica, I think Texas might be on the top of the list. The reason more than any thing is convenience. Yes, Florida is actually a closer flight, and Costa Rica has seen travelers from Florida for many years now, but thanks to low and competitive fares offered by Southwest Airlines, who last year began flying direct from Houston, Texas might have jumped up to the #1 targeted tourist market. With the short travel time, and now the addition of lower priced flights it is reasonable to see a group come down for a long weekend in Costa Rica for some sport fishing, surfing or just to make a quick relaxing get away. In the past year round trip flights from Houston to Costa Rica have been as low as $280! For those in other parts of the US and Canada, it can be harder to schedule and get away with the longer travel time. I should know, coming from Washington State, I'm more hesitant to schedule trips home or struggle to get friends to make the long and more expensive trip, but getting to and from Houston is a breeze, and we are definitely seeing the difference with many more repeat and spontaneous travelers. No doubt that is leading to an increase in Texans purcashing property in Costa Rica as well. And cmon, why wouldn't you visit Costa Rica if you were that close? Pristine beaches, great food, friendly people, lush tropical vegetation, amazing surfing and fishing, seems like a no brainer to me. So cmon Texans, what are you waiting for? If you need help planning a trip and discovering Costa Rica let me know and I’ll be happy to guide you more.