Beach Party Town Jaco Lights Up Costa Rica Vacations

The fun-loving beach town of Jacó lights up as "beach party central" on Costa Rica's Central Pacific Coast. Just an hour from the San Jose metropolitan area on the Route 27 and Costanera Sur highways, Jacó is one of the country's most developed beach towns.

Jacó spreads out in front of a low green mountain range along an azure horseshoe bay and features hotels, funky restaurants, souvenir and surf shops, bars, discos, casinos, and a wide beach. Just before Jacó is Playa Herradura, home to the renowned Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort with its world-class Los Sueños Marina and 18-hole championship golf course. Just after Jacó is Playa Hermosa, famous with surfers all over the world for its big breaks and site of frequent national and international surf competitions.

The fun-loving, happy-go-lucky beach town of Jacó stretches along both sides of a main street that parallels the beach. For a social scene, Jacó is hard to beat. Dining options are vast and varied with everything from Costa Rican rice and beans to sushi to Argentinean steaks. Restaurant recommendations include gourmet dining at Lemon Zest, Jacó Taco for Tex-Mex, Tsunami Sushi, the Wok for Asian cuisine, Hotel Poseidon's restaurant for fresh fish, El Pelicano in Playa Herradura for fresh fish, and the Hook-Up Bar in the Los Sueños Marina Village for socializing and great bar food. See more restaurant reviews at the Jaco Beach Insider.

For fun nightlife entertainment, check out the Jazz Casino at Hotel Amapola and also Morgan's Cove Resort & Casino, down at the southern end of Jacó. My friend Eliot who writes for Frommer's Travel Guides likes the beachfront bar Ganesha Lounge, which he says has a laid-back Ibiza-like club vibe, while bar Le Loft, on the main street and near the center of town, seeks to attract a more sophisticated and chic clubbing crowd. Just wander down Jaco's main street on any given night and you'll be sure to find a fun party, live music – both low-key and lively, and plenty of entertaining "people watching" opportunities.
Jacó is filled with fun daytime activities too! Check out the Vista Los Sueños Canopy Tour, the Pacific Aerial Tram and Canopy, paragliding, bungee jumping, horseback riding on the beach, golf at the Los Sueños Marriott Resort, and of course surf lessons with Del Mar Surf Camp.

Take advantage of Costa Rica Special Deals' exciting vacation deal in Costa Rica to visit Jacó Beach. Costa Rica Special Deals offers a 7-night Beach Combination package to Costa Rica's Central Pacific Coast, staying 3 nights at the Canciones del Mar Boutique Hotel in Jacó and 4 nights at the San Bada Beach Resort in Manuel Antonio, right next to the entrance of the famous Manuel Antonio National Park. A week's car rental is included in your Costa Rica hot deal.

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By Shannon Farley


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