Luxury Apartments for Rent in Jaco, Costa Rica
Wake up with this view, hear the jungle and smell the ocean. My place is located in Jaco Bay, just 250m away from the beach, exactly the place where the World Surfing Games 2016 took place. So you can just walk a few minutes to have world class waves available.
Heres what the apartment can offer you:
- only 250m walking distance to the beach
- surf exactly where the World Surfing Games 2016 took place
- great waves for advanced surfers almost every day
- great views into the green over a rainforest to the hills
- see red macaws flying by every day
- enjoy fantastic sundowns with a cool drink on the large balcony
- you are close to the main avenue of the town
- only minutes away from all main services & restaurants
- taxi to the supermarket is only about $2 (one way)
- very close to the bus- and taxi station
- clean, minimalistic design in bright colors with new finishes
- located in the 9th floor with big windows and fantastic views
- large 120 sqm apartment with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
- fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, coffee maker, blender etc.
- for stays longer than 3 nights: washing machine and tumble dryer
- large (40m length) swimming pool + 3 whirlpools
- areas for children, playgrounds, volleyball field
- lots of opportunitys to relax and enjoy sunbathing
- protected gated community with friendly guards
- large and secure parking lots are available
- long term renters are welcome
- high speed internet available (6mbit, thats fucking fast for costa rica)
- 4 airconditions to keep you chilled
- cleaning service available for long term rentals
- lots of activites available in town (surfing, quad-tours, zip-lining, stand up paddle etc.)
- national parks in less than a hour drive nearby
Fully furnished luxury apartment
Jaco Bay is the nicest and newest condo project in Jaco beach. The
apartment is perfectly located on the 9th floor with gorgeous views over
the forest and the mountains and it also has a little seaview. As you
look mostly into the green, you dont have the feeling to be in a town,
especially when you see lots of red macaws (large parrots) flying by
over the forest in front of you.
You can enjoy a large pool (40m in length) together with whirlpools,
areas for children, a playground, a beach volleyball field and lots of
opportunity for sunbathing and relaxing – all protected in a secure
gated community with friendly guards.
You are close to the main avenue of the town, just minutes away from all
main services and restaurants. A taxi to the supermarket is about $2 and
as the bus and taxi station is very close, you never have to wait more than 5 minutes to get picked up.
With 2 bedrooms and brand new finishes this condo has a beautiful,
minimalistic design in bright colors. It is a clean contrast to the
green and blues from the surrounding jungle and sky which you see trough
its large windows.
Enjoy amazingly beautiful sundowns each day on the big outside balcony!
The terrific views makes this a perfect place for a family getaway.
To make your vacation really comfortable, the apartment offers a
dishwasher, a fully equipped kitchen as well as a washing machine and a
dryer (for rentals of more than 3 nights). Large and secure parking
spaces are also available.
Long term renters are welcome!
You could always email me if you require any assistance with information
regarding the town or the condo.
The project is strategically located on the border of the north end of
the town, located close to both, main town and beach.
You would be literally less then one block walking distance away from
the main strip of the town so a lovely walk is probably the best way of
Jaco is the number one surfing and adventure activity town in Costa
Rica, so please don’t hesitate in contacting me if you want information
regarding this fun part of our town.
Information about beautiful Jaco in Costa Rica
Here are some travel tips and useful information for you.
The relaxed but lively city on one of Costa Rica’s most popular beaches has the reputation of being a party place with a very active nightlife. Many young people come here to surf and have fun. The nature in the area, but especially the sunsets over the Pacific Ocean are fantastic.
Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría
Airport code: SJO
Address: Province of Alajuela, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Phone: +506 2437 2400
From San José Terminal 7-10, take the Jacó Beach Bus for about USD 6 (travel time approx. 1.5-2 hours). The best way to get to the terminal from the airport is by taxi (approx. USD 25). The bus runs several times a day to Jacó. For exact travel times, availability and ticket prices please visit www.transportesjacoruta655.com
Private shuttle services also operate between San José and Playa Jacó:
Easy Ride: www.easyridecr.com
The bus station in Jacó is located at the northern end of the beach. From here you can easily get to your accommodation by taxi (about USD 5) or on foot.
The school also offers a transfer from San José airport to Playa Jacó, provided the arrival time is between 6:00 am and 7:00 pm.
Bus from and to Jaco
Jacó Beach – San José: Costs about USD 6, travel time about 1.5-2 hours.
The bus runs several times a day from/to Jacó.
For exact timetables, availability and ticket prices, please visit www.transportesjacoruta655.com
Private Shuttle Services
San José – Playa Jacó
– Costa Rica Shuttle Service www.costaricashuttle.com
– Gray Line Tours Shuttle Service www.graylinecostarica.com
Taxi in Jaco
– Asotaxi Jaco. Fixed prices (e.g. San José $80, airport $70, full day $120)
Climate in Playa Jaco
The climate in Costa Rica is tropical to subtropical and depends on the altitude. The rainy season lasts from May to November. In Playa Jacó the average temperature is about 27°C. The humidity is generally high. Accordingly, summer clothing is sufficient throughout the year. However, we recommend that you bring a light raincoat and some light woollen clothes for the cooler evenings.
Time Zone Costa Rica
Playa Jacó is located in the time zone UTC -6. In Costa Rica there is no changeover to summer and winter time.
Currency, cash, ATMs, credit cards
The official currency in Costa Rica is the Colon ₡
However, US dollars are also accepted as means of payment.
Exchange money in Jaco
In Costa Rica you get the fairest exchange rate at the banks: Banco de Costa Rica, Banco Nacional de Costa Rica, Scotiabank Costa Rica, BAC Costa Rica, Banco Davivienda.
Withdraw money in Costa Rica
You can withdraw cash in Costa Rica with Visa or Mastercard at ATMs. However, please check with your bank before you travel to Costa Rica to find out about the charges for withdrawals abroad.
In Costa Rica you can pay cashless with Visa and Mastercard. Some companies add fees of 7 to 9% to the card payment. In addition, many banks in Europe charge an additional 1.5 to 2% of the amount for payments in foreign currency.
Important telephone numbers
Emergency number 911
Fire brigade 118
Red Cross 128
Telephone information 113
Country code Costa Rica + 506
Tourist Office 2299-5800 (Instituto Costarricense de Turismo)
Mains voltage 120 V, frequency 60 Hz. In Costa Rica sockets type A and B are used; for this you need a travel plug adapter.
Media in Jaco
Daily and weekly newspapers: La Nación, La Prensa Libre, Diario Extra, La República, Al Día, La Teja, El Financiero, Tico Times (English), La Gaceta…
Radio Jaco 80’s, Jacó Classi Hits, Radio Columbia, Radio Centro, La Mejor FM 99.1, Radio Monumental, Wao 92.3, Actual FM 1071, CDR, 95 Cinco Jazz, Radio 94.7 FM, Lot 40 Principales Costa Rica, IQ Radio 93.9, Classics Pop & Rock, Tica Radio Internacional, La Dura FM, Extrema.FM, Radio Costa Rica, Zona 506, Coca-Cola FM, Radio Tica…
Places of interest, cultural and leisure programme
Playa Jacó is basically a small beach village. From a cultural point of view, there is not much to do, as one spends the day mainly on the beach, surfing, sunbathing and swimming. Jacó Adventures, 100 metres south of the Hotel Colonial, offers the biggest offer of tours in the surroundings.
Excursions around Jaco
Manuel Antonio: Located on the Pacific coast, this national park attracts both beach and nature lovers. Embedded in dense rainforest directly on the coast you will also find beautiful sandy beaches. The animals are not very shy, especially the monkeys should be protected from your belongings.
Río Savegre: Rafting tours through the tropical rainforest suitable for beginners as well as advanced rafters are offered on the Río Savegre (depending on water level).
Isla Tortuga: great day trip to the dream island from Playa Harradera (approx. USD 70). Here you can hike, swim, snorkel, kayak, volleyball, cycle or ride a glass-bottomed boat all day long.
The beach of Playa Jacó is one of the most beautiful in Costa Rica!
Especially popular are surfing and horse riding, but also day trips for rafting, snorkeling or kayaking. Surf shops and surf schools can be found along the main road Avenida Pastor Díaz or directly on the beach.
Surf schools in Jaco
– Chuck’s W.O.W. Surf: Palm Plaza fitness studios
– Gimnasio Corpus
– Gimnasio Platino
Gastronomy in Jaco, Costa Rica
Like the whole atmosphere in Jacó, the restaurants are rather casual, there are many small restaurants and sodas.
– Lemon Zest: unique restaurant in Jacó. El Jardin Plaza
– Tabacón: more sophisticated cuisine in Playa Jacó. Often live music. Avenida Padre Diaz
– El Hicaco. Central Street, Avenida pastor Diaz
For trend seekers
– Malecón: bar and restaurant, directly on the beach
– Colonial: new bar / restaurant tastefully decorated. All-you-can-eat fish and sushi special on Saturdays. Right in the centre
For the price-conscious
– Bubba’s tacos: good, reasonably priced taco restaurant. Avenida Central in front of Hotel OZ.
– Soda Garabito: breakfast from US$ 3, lunch from US$ 4
– Jacó Típico: popular “soda”.
For night owls
– Central: Bar and nightclub. Avenida Pastor Diaz
– Los Tucanes: discotheque popular with a young audience in the centre
There are countless souvenir shops, mainly in the main street Avenida Pastor Diaz. Typical souvenirs are handicrafts made of ceramics, wood or leather, Indian silver jewellery or hand-woven hammocks. Every Friday there is a fruit market.
Holidays, Events, Festivals in Jaco
- New Year 1 January
- Day of Juan Santamaría 11 April
- Maundy Thursday variable date
- Good Friday variable date
- Labour Day 1 May
- Connection of Guanacaste 25 July
- Santa Maria de los Angeles August 2nd
- Assumption 15 August
- Independence Day 15 September
- Culture Day 12 October
- Christmas 25 December
In Playa Jacó, the nightlife is very distinctive due to the young crowd, especially on weekends. Loud music and dancing in the bars and on the beach are part of life here. Special festivals are rare, but surf events and competitions often take place here.
Medical care in Jaco
Area de Salud Garabito CCSS
Province of Puntarenas
Clinica Mision Medica Internacional
Calle Lapa Verde, Provincia de Puntarenas
Jacó at the Pacific coast of Costa Rica is not soooo the bringer. But you can do a lot around Jacó. Surfing, a visit to the Manuel Antonio National Park and at one place you can watch crocodiles in the wild for free.
Our tips around Jacó, Costa Rica
Surfing, sun, beach – for the rest of the time in Costa Rica we stay at the Pacific Ocean. After wonderful days in Coco we will cross the famous Panamericana to Jacó. As Coco is popular with American pensioners, it is all about surfing and regularly attracts professionals. Already on the way we observe huge waves, which are by no means something for daring (“as soon as I see waves, I pull my parents like a husky the sled”) babies.
Finding shelter wasn’t that easy. Somehow nothing appealed to us. And the place is also expensive. Finally we decide for the Blue Palm Hotel (“best deal in town”) and get a room with kitchenette. Of course, the child immediately discovers the beautiful pool and wants to go there every free minute. Jacó himself is relatively unspectacular except for a few cool murals. A main street with tourist shops, bars, restaurants, supermarkets.
The house beach is long and wide, but not really stunning. Nevertheless, Jacó is a good starting point for excursions to the Manuel Antonio National Park and the surrounding region. The first destination is Playa Hermosa, which, as the name suggests, is beautiful, but with the giant waves (professional competitions take place here regularly) we leave it at the walk and sip delicious smoothies in “La Ola”. The accommodations directly on the beach look great, probably far above our budget.
Is the Manuel Antonio National Park worth it? Yes!
We continue to the most popular national park of the country, Manuel Antonio. It’s hot, the humidity is felt to be 100 percent and at the latest from the city of Quepos the traffic just sneaks. We are intercepted at a parking lot. “Is this the National Park?” we want to know. “No,” says the car park attendant, and after a look at Matilda, he has an understanding. We drive on and park closer to the entrance. Costs 3000 Colones. For what? Nobody knows. 16 dollars per person and a bag check later we’re in.
We walk the Sendero Perezoso (Sloth Trail) and are astonished. It is asphalted and there seem to be a lot of people in this park. Everywhere it is full. The visitors couldn’t be more different. Locals in swimming trunks and cool boxes on their way to the beach. Tourists dressed as Indiana Jones, sweating in their expedition clothes and thick hiking boots. And we. Child in a stretcher, always on guard against the many monkeys, coatis, raccoons and iguanas who “quite self-confidently” have their food on their mind. The warm sea offers hardly any cooling, but once again inspires the child. All in all, the Manuel Antonio National Park is quite nice, but in our opinion it is not an absolute must for Costa Rica travellers.
Actually, on the way to Alajuela we wanted to visit the Carara National Park. But then we would have had to leave our luggage in the car and Costa Rica always warns against that. So we leave it and stop instead at the crocodile bridge in Tarcoles (on the road between San Jose and Jacó). The gigantic critters lurk directly under the bridge and quite probably we are not with the short one on the arm. Especially when Matilda waves the Crocs enthusiastically and wants to lean over the balustrade. With a fruit shake distracted it goes to the last station in Costa Rica.
We are once again for a night in Alajuela in the Paradise Hotel and adjust to our next country at dinner in the Jalapeños Central. The return of the rental car works without problems and with the shuttle we are in a few minutes at the airport. The airline Volaris had never sent us a confirmation mail, but everything worked. Gracias and adios, Costa Rica. You are great, we are a bit in love and hope to see each other again!
If you want to be in nature, don’t need a big choice of bars and restaurants and you’re not a surfer, Jacó may not be for you…
But if you just want to relax for a few days, have a party or want some luxury for a small price, then you’ve come to the right place.
Jacó is really not what most tourists imagine when they think of Costa Rica.
It’s something else.
Jacó is also interesting for you if you don’t have much time because it is very quick and easy to reach. That’s why many locals like it. Personally I like it for the same reason. I don’t own a car and have little time. So if I want to get to the beach quickly, Jacó is a good option.
Activities in and around Jacó
While it is possible to see nature and animals in the nearby surroundings, Jacó is more known for other activities. Surfers will find a good wave here at almost any time of year and other water sports enthusiasts will also get their money’s worth. The main activity is clearly the 4 km long beach, which is only interrupted by 2-3 river mouths and invites you to take a walk on the beach at any time.
Jacó also offers a very active nightlife for all kinds of people. There are countless bars and restaurants that are open until late into the night. There are also several casinos where you can try your luck.
Jacó is also known as a mecca for prostitution, which is legal in Costa Rica. While you don’t notice anything during the day, at night it is openly displayed in some bars and casinos. Those who have a problem with this should probably stay away from these places.
If you want to experience something else during your stay in Jacó, you can do so at any time. Nearby you can paraglide, visit the Mirador, swim under waterfalls, canopy or admire the crocodiles in the Rio Tarcoles.
Tip: Sunsets are always spectacular in Jacó. Best to enjoy in a beach bar
Party & Nightlife in Jaco, Costa Rica
Jacó is known as an absolute party hotspot in Costa Rica. There are several bars and clubs that practically stand side by side, so you can theoretically fall out of one club and fall right into the next. This is exactly why Jacó is a popular backpacking destination, as you can combine parties until sunrise with curing your hangover on the beach. I was also told that it should be a great place for surfing. But the drugs also come with parties, so it’s not surprising that Jacó has one of the highest drug consumption and trade rates in Costa Rica. Prostitution is also a big problem here and I couldn’t believe my eyes when we just walked through a hotel bar plus casino and about 80% of the people there were prostitutes. Yes, that’s one side of Jacó. A quite difficult one, in my opinion.
However, there is also another side of Jacó. One that lets you discover the beauty of the Costa Rican coast, that lets you taste the salt of the sea and hear the breaking of the waves. One with dark brown to almost black sand, which sometimes even seems to glitter. This is the Jacó I got to know. When I was in La Fortuna, we met a Costa Rican couple who spontaneously joined me and so we drove to Jacó. And since they know the place quite well, they showed me three different beaches: Playa Jacó, Playa Hermosa and Playa Caletas. Of course we went dancing one evening, but in this article I want to show you the beauty of Jacó’s pacific beaches. So, sit back, relax and accompany me on a short trip to the sea!
Playa Jacó is the most famous beach in Jacó and also the easiest to reach. Many people go surfing and boogieboarding in the waves. Unfortunately there are very few spots with protective shade, so either bring your own parasol or apply sun cream every five minutes. Remember that it really gets hot in Jacó! Jumping into the water can be a real rest.
Playa Hermosa literally means “beautiful beach”. Well, what can I say, I think the name was chosen absolutely right. The sand here is a little darker and glitters a little more. It is much quieter than Playa Jacó and there are no restaurants or bars nearby. Here there is only the beach. Practically untouched. Besides, there were hardly any other people there, that means we had the beach just for us. A really nice place to relax at the sea.
Playa Caletas is a beach zone that can only be reached by driving through the Hotel Villa Caletas, so pay attention to the opening hours there. The beach itself is public, but there is simply no other way to get there. A car is more than recommendable, as it is absolutely too far to walk! But the way to the beach alone is already beautiful, as the hotel is located on a mountain, which is why one can immediately enjoy a great view to Jacó. Playa Caletas is definitely the best place to see the sunset over the sea.