Jaco vacation rentals over Christmas break can be very difficult to find if you don't book well in advance. Chances are that if you don't have a reservation booked for those dates by now you'll be hard pressed to find one. Christmas week in Costa Rica is a time when many Costa Rica families travel to the beaches, making it one of the busiest times of the year in Jaco. Jaco Beach hotels and condos are usually booked to full capacity for that week, specifically the tail end of that week with New Years being the most prime. Jaco Beach features a very popular and exciting New Years celebration on the beach, with many developments and hotels each featuring their own firework display. If you are traveling during those dates here are some additional tips to consider.
Dont Wait to rent a Car
Jaco hotels and condos are full that week, also full with reservations are the car rental agencies. With so many people traveling during this busy week it is not uncommon for the car agencies to not have any car rentals available, so definitely be sure to reserve well in advance.
Be Aware of Traffic and Reroutes
Getting to and from Jaco during Christmas week can be a nightmare. Traffic on certain days can turn a 90 minute ride from the airport into nearly 4 hours! There are often closed lanes and rerouting as well, so it is important you plan ahead, learn about any traffic advisories and adapt accordingly.
Plan For busy restaurants
In the San Jose area, many stores and restaurants will be closed during the holidays, but at the beach its just the opposite with almost everything being open those days. Restaurants though will be busy, and if you have a large group it's a good idea to make reservations before going out.
Stockpile some cash
Credit cards and debit cards are pretty much accepted throughout Costa Rica, but if you like to use cash go ahead and get that before you come down. Banks have erratic hours and long lines during that week, its easier just to bring cash down with you. You can see more travel tips on cash and currency here.
Have some Patience and Enjoy the Pura Vida
Like we say, Christmas week is a busy time of year in Costa Rica, but it is also one of the best times to visit. The weather is beautiful, and while it is busy, it is fun to see so many families out. Remember just to be a bit patient and take some satisfaction in knowing that while your friends back home might be stuck in the cold and snow you are wearing flip-flops at the beach in Costa Rica!