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CITY GUIDE
Jaco, Costa Rica

In the Puntarenas province of Costa Rica lies the town of Jaco, home to around 10,000 people. The town is located on the west coast of the country, along the Pacific Ocean and just south of the Gulf of Nicoya, and features 4 kilometres of beach area. Situated between two mountains, the town provides the best of both the sea and rugged terrain.

Nearby communities include Playa Hermosa, Herradura, Quebrada Amarilla, and Quebrada Ganado. Jaco’s ex-pat community is growing, thanks to the beautiful surroundings and the fact that the town has some of the best surfing along the coast. Spanish is spoken here mostly, but the increase in tourism and English-speaking residents means English is becoming more common.

There is a popular tourist section in the town, which features bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, as well as shops, art galleries, and other interesting activities. Jaco is only an hour or so away from San Jose, the country’s capital, which provides easy access to even more amenities and things like larger hospitals and an international airport.

Highway 34 runs through the town and connects it to other nearby highways, many of which are modern paved roads. One of the easiest ways to get to Jaco is by flying into the Juan Santamaría International Airport in San Jose and taking a bus or shuttle (or renting a car).

KEY FACTS:

Jaco, Costa Rica

Jaco, Costa Rica
  • Country: Costa Rica

  • Province: Puntarenas

  • Population: 10,000

  • Area: 140.4 km²

Lifestyle

Lifestyle and Culture

Located northeast of Jaco, Carara National Park is one of Costa Rica’s northernmost intact Pacific coastal rainforests. The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, such as many types of birds, crocodiles, opossums, deer, margay cats, anteaters, armadillos, sloths, pacas, kinkajous, monkeys, frogs, peccaries, agoutis, and tayras. Two hiking trails run through the park. The longer of the two runs along the Río Grande de Tárcoles, with short branches that take hikers to the laguna and marshes. This trail is closed during the rainy season (late August to mid-November) because of flooding. A shorter trail forms a loop that starts and ends at the Quebrada Bonita ranger station.

Surfing is a popular activity in Jaco, and there are numerous shops, tour guides, and schools that cater to those interested in learning or participating. Jaco’s beach provides smaller waves that are perfect for beginners or those looking for a more relaxed time, while larger waves for more advanced surfers can be found south of the town at Playa Hermosa. Some of the surfing-related businesses located in Jaco include Mauricio’s Surf Lessons, Chuck’s W.O.W. Surf Shop, Kaludus Surf School Costa Rica, School of the World Surf Camp, and Room2Board Hostel and Surf School.

Lifestyle

Entertainment and Tourism

Jaco’s economy relies heavily on tourism, which is reflected in the number of businesses here geared towards tourists. Tour outfitters, accommodations, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, and surfing schools are some examples of local businesses that cater to tourists. Jaco is fast becoming one of the top places in Costa Rica for ex-pats to retire, although some ex-pats do work for or own businesses in the town, or work for or run businesses remotely using telephone and internet services. Many locals also work in the tourism industry in some capacity, such as tour guides, hotel workers, or restaurant workers.

The construction and real estate industries also provide employment and contribute to the local economy, driven by tourism and ex-pat interest in owning property here. Some ex-pats and locals purchase investment properties in the town and rent them to tourists year-round or only during the peak tourism season. Other industries operating in the town or nearby include fishing businesses and agricultural operations. Jaco’s unemployment rate is around 7%, which is close to the country’s overall rate.

Entertainment and Tourism
Neighbourhoods

Districts & Neighborhoods

The northern section of Jaco includes the areas of Barrio Hacienda Jaco and Barrio Santa Lucia. This section offers residential areas, a beach area, a casino, accommodations, restaurants, service providers, surf camps, churches, tour outfitters, a civic centre, shops, and a bus station.

The areas of Barrio El Invu and Barrio Copey, as well as Jaco’s downtown area, can be found in the town’s central section. Residential areas, service providers, restaurants, shops, accommodations, pharmacies, a beach area, tour outfitters, parks, schools, a police station, tourist attractions, malls, spas, a movie theatre, a performing arts centre, government offices, churches, campgrounds, and art galleries are located here.

Jaco’s southern section includes the areas of Barrio Los Cholos and Barrio Quebrada Seca. This section has a stadium, a post office, accommodations, shops, residential areas, a beach area, tour outfitters, a farmers’ market, a wellness centre, restaurants, service providers, a volleyball club, tourist attractions, a cemetery, churches, and an aquarium.

Neighbourhoods

Real Estate Market

Most of Jaco’s real estate options are located close to the ocean, though there are some properties scattered throughout other areas of the town as well. Condos are a popular option here, ranging in price from around $70,000 for basic units up to millions of dollars for luxury units with more amenities. Many condos have access to a shared pool, and some also provide private balconies. Single-family homes are also available in Jaco, and most have private yards that sometimes include private pools.

Smaller homes and fixer-uppers can start around $70,000, though the majority of homes are usually around $100,000 and up. Luxury homes are available for much higher prices. Some homes and condos are located in gated communities, which offer an additional sense of security. Vacant land can be an option for building a home from scratch, provided the starting price of around $50,000 is something a potential buyer can afford. Investment properties are normally condos and houses that are rented out, though there are other commercial options available here, such as restaurants and shops.

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Education

Education

Schools in Jaco include Amistad Institute – Jaco Beach, Escuela Hacienda Jacó, C.T.P. de Jaco, Escuela Central De Jacó, Las Nubes School, and PACR. Other schooling options can be found in nearby communities and include Herradurra School, Escuela Quebrada Ganado, Liceo Quebrada Ganado, Escuela Lider De Tárcoles, Liceo Rural de Tárcoles, and Escuela Pueblo Nuevo.

Colegio Técnico Turístico de Jacó is Jaco’s only post-secondary institution, although there are a few language schools in the town as well. Other colleges and universities found in nearby communities include Professional Technical College Parrita, Instituto Profesional Parauniversitario Ávila, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Universidad Fidelitas Heredia, Instituto Jaim Weizman, and Colegio Técnico De Justino Profesional San Rafael.

Education