WHy Visit Jaco?
Why visit Jaco, Costa Rica? Because it's f*&#'n awesome!. Yeah we said it, but really it is the truth. Costa Rica is one of those unique destinations that caters to all travelers, and Jaco is at the center of it all. Located just 75 minutes to the San Jose airport, you will be centrally located to attractions like sportsfishing, surfing, whitewater rafting, waterfalls, Manuel Antonio National Park, beaches, ziplining, snorkling, golfing, it's all right here. Add great dining, the Pacific's best amenities, and all the conveniences you want when on vacation and it's really a no brainer. And if Jaco is not your cup of tea, at the very least we are confident that somewhere in the Central Pacific region will cater to all tastes. Upscale accommodations in the Los Suenos Resort, more rustic vibe of Hermosa, secluded villages in Esterillos, the area covers it all.
Jaco is the most developed beach town in Costa Rica, but it still remains a very small surfing community. While most beaches in Costa Rica are more like villages which can be very secluded and difficult to access, Jaco has many restaurants, conveniences, amenities and services that are important to having a great vacation. Many people say Jaco reminds them of old California surf towns from the 70s. Jaco provides a great vibe of rustic Costa Rica that remains authentic. Its important to note that Jaco is also referred to when speaking of the entire Central Pacific region, which includes nearby towns like Hermosa, Esterillos, Punta Leona and Herradura, home to the Los Suenos resort & marina. So depending on your style and taste the area offers something for everyone to explore all within a 30 mile radius.
BuT I heard Jaco...
...is this crazy party town. Hardly! Yes there is a night life scene, but that doesn't get started till after 10pm and is primarily on the weekends. And even then its actually tame. Compare a Friday night in Jaco to some place like South Beach, Cancun, New Orleans and you'd wonder how Jaco was capable of earning such a reputation.
---has prostitutes. You are not in Kansas anymore. In Costa Rica prostitution is legal, and naturally tends to be popular in tourist destinations. But Jaco is not rampant with prostitutes all over town, they typically just go to 2-3 popular bars. Unless you are looking for it, it won't be in your face, you'll have no problems bringing the whole family down, don't be scared, even bring down grandma.
...is dangerous. Throughout Costa Rica it's important you take caution and use good judgement. Petty theft is a problem throughout the country, and again a popular tourist destination like Jaco is no exception, but dangerous is where you are completely isolated and 30-40 miles from any police force. Jaco is very safe, it also has the most number of police (state, city and tourism officers) of any beach town. Don't go looking for trouble, pay attention, and you'll have no problems.
---has an ugly beach. Some beach snobs might turn their heads at Jaco because it is not white sand, but many love our cinnamon colored sand. The water is warm, the sunsets are breathtaking, surf is consistent, so is the color of the sand that big of a deal? Besides one of the great parts of the Central Pacific are the many different beaches to choose from, make a quick trip to some our other beaches in the area. Punta Leona is gorgeous, just 15 minutes away!