Frequently Asked Questions (with answers) about planning a vacation to Costa Rica.
Hard Yes. There is a wide variety of fun things to do in Jaco during your vacation including exceptional adventure tours and excursions, incredible nightlife, a wide variety of restaurants and beach bars, beautiful rental villas with pools and more.
Are there more things to do in Jaco Costa Rica than going to the beach?
Jaco's beach is nearly 3 miles long. Most of the beach is sandy with a few rocky patches that come and go with the tide. There are lots of palm and coconut trees as well as almond trees along the beach which sometimes attract dozens of Scarlet Macaws that are often flying and squawking overhead.
What are the beaches like?
The surf and undertow are moderate most of the year. At high tide you will see many surfers riding the waves.
Other beaches in the area include Playa Herradura to the north which hosts Los Sueños Marina and La Iguana Golf Course, and Playa Hermosa to the south which is internationally known as a fantastic (advanced) surfing location, both of which are approximately a 15 minute drive away.
With some common sense, it can be said that Jaco Beach is very safe and can be enjoyed nearly everywhere at any time. Going to the beach at night is not recommended. It is dark and could be dangerous to swim in the ocean at night.
How safe is Jaco Beach Costa Rica?
Yes. Generally speaking, most anyone would feel safe to walk along the main strip at night. There are police officers patrolling the main streets and private security guards at many private properties.
Is Jaco safe at night?
Please IGNORE any online weather forecast you may see prior to arriving here in Jaco Beach. The weather and temperature in Costa Rica varies dramatically by region. In Jaco, the weather is most often sunny with temperatures around 80-90°F (28-32°C) during the day, and a few degrees cooler at night.
What is the weather in Jaco Beach Costa Rica?
There is not a weather station within one hour North or South of Jaco. Most of the forecasts you see online are refering to the capital city of San Jose or at the airport in Alajuela (next to San Jose). The weather down on the central Coast is nothing like up in San Jose. San Jose is located at a much higher elevation (4000') up in the highlands, while we are located down at sea level and enjoy much better weather.
The rainy season in Costa Rica varies tremendously depending on region. In the Jaco Beach area, we tend see almost no rain from December to May, then some showers and occasional rain storms from May to September.
When is Costa Rica Rainy Season?
What is typicaly considered to be "winter" or "rainy season" is from mid September until late November but there are still many beautiful sunny days in this season. On some days, there can be heavy rain, either in the morning or late at night, but no monsoons. Even during the rainiest of days, we often see the sun come out. Temperatures during rainy season do not change very much, and are comfortable with daytime averages between 75-85°F (23-29°C) and a little cooler in the evenings and at night.
From December -to- May you rarely ever see a rain cloud here in this area. Obviously, we don't know what Mother Nature is going to do but ... From May -to- November the Pacific coast beach regions, rainy season does not mean each day will bring downpours. Some days it may not rain at all. For the most part, the mornings are bright and sunny, followed by an hour or two of rain in the afternoon.
Without any doubt or competition, Jaco Beach is the best place to stay in Costa Rica for a bachelor party or for any other group of friends coming to Costa Rica to vacation and party. There are many other beach towns in Costa Rica that are cute and have lovely beaches, but they are also sleepy and have very little party.
Where should a bachelor party stay in Costa Rica?
The main city in Costa Rica is San Jose, which has a couple of cool clubs, but everything is really spread out, a little sketchy, and there is not much else to do.
If you're looking for the best straight up dance club then Republik Lounge is the hottest party spot in Jaco. It is a great place for a group of friends to get a VIP table with bottle service, or just to order a few beers at the bar. Other popular clubs in town include Orange Pub, Man Cave and Le Loft
Where is the party in Jaco Costa Rica?
The best casino in Jaco is at the Cocal Hotel which has a very popular Pool Bar and plenty of party there too.
There are also some good locals bars in town, and a few on the beach that are great for happy hour and sunset drinks. Your Jaco VIP Concierge will get you into whichever type of scene you are in the mood for.
Jaco used to be a sleepy surf town but has since grown to a large beach town now boasting stylish VIP Lounges with bottle service, Dance Clubs that are open until morning, Beach Bars and Rock Bars - some just feet from the beach with spectacular views, and many others that line up and down the main strip in Jaco center.
What is Jaco's nightlife like?
Most Clubs and Bars have popular nights and times that are most busy and full of fellow party mongers. When you book with JacoVIP, your concierge will help guide your specific party needs and desires.
House and Techno / Hip Hop / Classic Rock / Salsa / 80s Hits / Reggaeton / Funk and Disco / Live Music or DJ -- Whatever you’re into, there’s a spot in Jaco that is sure to please.
Local Sodas (Costa Rican restaurant) - American Classics - Mexican Food - Sushi - Italian and others. Once again, Jaco has it all. There are a wide variety of restaurants in Jaco, as well as some fantastic alternatives in neighboring beach towns, and so it pays to know where to go. JacoVIP supplies you with everything you need to find your way around town.
What kind of dining and restaurants are available?
Gambling is legal in Costa Rica. The Jaco Beach area has a couple of good casinos for slot machines, roulette and poker. The most famous casino in Jaco is the Cocal Casino and Hotel which is mostly known for it's nightlife and party scene.
Are there casinos in Jaco?
Texas Hold'Em can be played in a casino most any night of the year.
As a vacationing American, British, Canadian or European citizen, a valid passport (with at least six months remaining before expiry) is required to enter Costa Rica, but a visa is not necessary. For other nationalities please consult the Costa Rica government web site for the latest and most accurate information.
Do I need a Passport or Visa to enter Costa Rica?
No, not necessary.
Is any vaccination or immunization required or suggested for travelling to Costa Rica?
Flying into San Jose Airport (SJO) and then having us pick you up and drive you to Jaco in the comfort of an air conditioned private bus.
What is the easiest and best way to arrive in Jaco from the airport?
Depending on traffic, and how long we stop for on the way, between 1 hour 15 minutes and 2 hours.
How long is the drive from San Jose Airport to Jaco?
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If you want to know what to put on the customs forms, you can just put the name of the property you are staying in, and Playa Jaco.
There are no addresses in Costa Rica. Crazy but true!
US Dollars and Costa Rican Colones are both widely used and accepted. It is advantageous to have both on hand - depending on circumstances.
What currency of money is most commonly used in Costa Rica?
Do not exchange cash at the airport or you will get a horrible exchange rate. You can get your money exchanged at a bank in Jaco. Your ATM card is the best way for you to get money everyday. This way you will never have too much and can withdraw as needed.
There are several ATM machines located throughout Jaco but only a few of them dispense your choice of local colones or US dollars. Credit cards are widely accepted (but not everywhere). There are also a couple of exchange places and regular banks on the main strip.
Are ATM's available? Can I use Credit Cards?
You should always want to pay in local currency when in CR except for grocery stores and tours. If you pay in dollars there is a good chance you will get a bad exchange rate so that is up to you.
Try to never pay with your credit card unless you are paying for groceries or something through JacoVIP only. Never leave an open tab!