Costa Rica is located on beautiful Central Pacific Coast, Jaco Beach is the nearest beach to San Jose. Its tropical climate, natural beauty and close proximity to the Central Valley have made Jaco Beach the country's most developed and visited beach area. Jaco is a surfer's town with a laid back atmosphere during the day and an exceptionally active nightlife. It is where Ticos go to play in the sun, sand and at night below the stars.
The beach is 6 kms long and surrounded by impressive green mountains and tropical palm trees. The beach gets fairly crowded, particularly on weekends, though one can escape from the crowds by walking further down the beach.
The sand on Jaco Beach is silty and a grayish-brownish colour. initially a surfing beach, Costa Rica has many more beautiful beaches for non-surfers. For swimmers the surf can be quite rough and riptides strong. During low tide the waves tend die-down and swimming is safer.
Jaco offers many attractions alone from the beach including good casinos, restaurants, discos, and stores. Some visitors argue Jaco for its over-development and at times groan that it is dirty. Despite this objection, Jaco is a wonderful beach town. It is also a great location to set-up base as most tourist spots are close by or within a few hours drive.
Jaco Beach located just 2 short hours from the international airport, has become one of Costa Rica's most visited beach towns, exceptionally amongst the traveling surf community. Jaco is a small, yet extremely active town geared towards surfers, parties & nightlife. As you walk down the "strip," you will find endless surf shops, restaurants, bars, discos and a variety of accommodations. This is the ideal destination for surfers or young travelers looking to be in the middle of the action. As mentioned above, Hermosa is geared more towards the hard-core surfer while Jaco is designed for the active type looking for plenty of hotels, surf shops, bars, discos and an overwhelming nightlife.