Jaco Beach, Costa Rica and Surrounding Areas

Jaco Beach, Costa Rica is conveniently close to San Jose, yet perfectly placed near the forest and sea.

Situated along the Central Pacific coast, Jacó is among the most popular beaches for Costa Ricans due to its proximity to San José and just over an hour’s drive from Juan Santamaria International Airport. This area is famous for surf and has experienced rapid development over the last few years. Visitors will find a variety of restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries and souvenir shops. Nightlife entertainment is abundant, as are fine and casual dining options.

Herradura Beach, located just 5 minutes North of Jaco, is a fast growing area where visitors will find exclusive restaurants, several luxurious gated communities, and world class, 200 slip marina. This region is further enhanced by Carara National Park, which protects a transitional zone between the southern rainforest and the northern tropical dry forest, and is home to the scarlet macaw.

The area’s scenic beauty allows travelers to take part in a wide variety of leisure or adventure-filled activities that may combine both beach and the striking tropical forest.

Our favorite Jaco Beach and Surrounding Areas, Costa Rica Accommodations


Villa Caletas and Zephyr Palace

This boutique luxury hotel, inspired by a Victorian tropical architecture with a touch of neo-classicism is recognized for its location, architectural design, decor, and outstanding facilities with first-class service.



Los Sueños Marriott Ocean and Golf Resort

This luxury complex is located on the warm waters of Herradura Beach, within Los Sueños Resort. The resort is situated on a 1,100 acre tropical rainforest and next to Los Sueños Marina, one of the largest in Latin America. The resort offers 201 luxury, ocean and mountain-view rooms as well as suites with mountain, garden and ocean-views.