Jaco was once an archetypal sleepy beach town. But it wasn’t long before Jaco Beach’s excellent waves began to draw foreign surfers in exponential numbers, especially because of the Costa Rica beach’s proximity to the San Jose (less than two hours).
Along with the surfers came the need for nightlife. Now, Jaco is Costa Rica’s wildest party beach, and a top destination for wave-worshippers and land-lovers alike.
In a country famous for strikingly beautiful beaches, Jaco is rather lackluster. To make matters worse, Jaco’s waters are generally unsafe for swimmers—the waves are large, and dangerous riptides are frequent. But Jaco’s all about the breaks, not the beach. Besides Jaco Beach itself, more of Costa Rica’s best surfing beaches are very close to Jaco including Playa Hermosa.