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Jaco 101: What To Do, Where To Go, and What To Eat

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Jaco 101: What To Do, Where To Go, and What To Eat

Bars & Gastro Pubs
The bar & gastropub scene in Jaco is full of fun choices. Each bar has it's own distinct vibe and charm, and it's fun to hop and experience each one. Happy Hour is affordable and delicious! Definite must do before watching the sunset.
One of my favorite bars in Jaco. Nightly drink specials. Just a fun place to people watch. Friendly bartenders, ask for Oscar! DJs almost every night if you want to get your groove on.
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Jaco Bar
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One of my favorite bars in Jaco. Nightly drink specials. Just a fun place to people watch. Friendly bartenders, ask for Oscar! DJs almost every night if you want to get your groove on.
Hip, bohemian atmosphere with lots of charm. The food and drinks are tasty and strong with phenomenal live musical talent. Check out their Taco Tuesday! $4 Tacos & Margaritas.
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Green Room Cafe Bar
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Hip, bohemian atmosphere with lots of charm. The food and drinks are tasty and strong with phenomenal live musical talent. Check out their Taco Tuesday! $4 Tacos & Margaritas.
My favorite gastro pub in Jaco, and for good reason. The food is delicious and presented with flair. The cocktails are delicious and strong. Beers are locally brewed and satisfying. MUST TRY: coffee crusted filet mignon, tuna tartar tower, ceviche. I could go on...
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Graffiti Restro Cafe & Wine Bar
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My favorite gastro pub in Jaco, and for good reason. The food is delicious and presented with flair. The cocktails are delicious and strong. Beers are locally brewed and satisfying. MUST TRY: coffee crusted filet mignon, tuna tartar tower, ceviche. I could go on...
50% off Sushi Rolls on Wednesday and Friday! I recommend the Garlic Roll and Caterpillar Roll. Ever try a Tico Roll with chicken? :)
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Tsunami Sushi
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50% off Sushi Rolls on Wednesday and Friday! I recommend the Garlic Roll and Caterpillar Roll. Ever try a Tico Roll with chicken? :)
The name says it all. If you love burgers, you will love this place. It's hard to recommend my favorite burger, they're all delicious!
Ridiculous Burgers
The name says it all. If you love burgers, you will love this place. It's hard to recommend my favorite burger, they're all delicious!
This "hidden" bar is tucked away behind a pizza shop. They have various beers from all over Jaco. I recommend the Hibiscus Ale!
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The Beer House
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This "hidden" bar is tucked away behind a pizza shop. They have various beers from all over Jaco. I recommend the Hibiscus Ale!
Local's Food Recommendations
Interested where the Locals love to eat? These restaurants are affordable and local GEMS for a reason. Affordable, delicious, and non-touristy. Eat with the locals and get a taste for their palate and culture.
This place is amazing with their fresh seafood plate of the day. No frills, simple, and delicious.
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Isaga
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This place is amazing with their fresh seafood plate of the day. No frills, simple, and delicious.
Got the munchies? Nothing open? This place is open 24/7 to get your grub on. Local Costa Rican fare, with cafeteria style ordering. Simple, fast, good. And a 2 minute walk away from the condo. :)
Restaurante Pura vida #3
Got the munchies? Nothing open? This place is open 24/7 to get your grub on. Local Costa Rican fare, with cafeteria style ordering. Simple, fast, good. And a 2 minute walk away from the condo. :)
Another local favorite place to eat, and well hidden. Everything here is good, and it's so hard to choose what to recommend. They close early in the afternoon, so make sure to stop by for early lunch!
Chinita Pacific
Another local favorite place to eat, and well hidden. Everything here is good, and it's so hard to choose what to recommend. They close early in the afternoon, so make sure to stop by for early lunch!
Another local favorite Soda (cafeteria style Costa Rican food). Not 24 hours, but food is consistently delicious and affordable.
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Soda Jacó Rústico
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Another local favorite Soda (cafeteria style Costa Rican food). Not 24 hours, but food is consistently delicious and affordable.
Groceries/Fresh Food
In the mood for a delicious home cooked meal? Here are a list of places to find the finest meats/fish and convenient grocery stores to pick up all your ingredients. Bon Apetit!
Craig, the Owner, sources his grass-fed beef from only the best sources. If you are in the mood for some delicious, hearty, steaks -- look no further. I highly recommend the sausages and the rib eye.
Jaco Fine Meats
Craig, the Owner, sources his grass-fed beef from only the best sources. If you are in the mood for some delicious, hearty, steaks -- look no further. I highly recommend the sausages and the rib eye.
The closest grocery store to the Jaco Park Condo. It is a quick 2 minute walk away. Think of it like your Neighborhood Walmart. Need a random toiletry? Some snacks? Laundry detergent? This place has it all.
MegaSuper
The closest grocery store to the Jaco Park Condo. It is a quick 2 minute walk away. Think of it like your Neighborhood Walmart. Need a random toiletry? Some snacks? Laundry detergent? This place has it all.
A bigger grocery store down the street with slightly more options, if you can't find what you're looking for at MegaSuper.
MasXMenos
A bigger grocery store down the street with slightly more options, if you can't find what you're looking for at MegaSuper.
This small, family owned Pesaderia sells fresh fish at an amazingly affordable price. Highly recommend their Ceviche, it's one of the best in town. Cash only.
Pescaderia Bertil
This small, family owned Pesaderia sells fresh fish at an amazingly affordable price. Highly recommend their Ceviche, it's one of the best in town. Cash only.
Nightlife: Clubs, Lounges, Entertainment
Jaco comes alive in the nighttime. Whether you're in the mood to dance, chill, gamble, or party -- Jaco has you covered.
One of the larger clubs in Jaco that plays a good mix of Top 40 and Hip Hop. Drinks are low/moderately priced. Crowd is fun.
Orange Pub
One of the larger clubs in Jaco that plays a good mix of Top 40 and Hip Hop. Drinks are low/moderately priced. Crowd is fun.
One of the newer clubs in town that plays urban and Top 40. Great place to dance!
Republik Lounge
One of the newer clubs in town that plays urban and Top 40. Great place to dance!
A great after hours spot if you wanna chill and lounge out. Open late.
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Le Loft
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A great after hours spot if you wanna chill and lounge out. Open late.
A festive casino with roulette, card games, and slots. Lots of slots.
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Hotel Cocal and Casino
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A festive casino with roulette, card games, and slots. Lots of slots.
One of the bigger, fancier casinos in Jaco that has almost everything to enjoy.
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Croc’s Resort & Casino
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One of the bigger, fancier casinos in Jaco that has almost everything to enjoy.
Breakfast/Brunch
Yes, you can get legit french baguettes/pastries in Jaco! Overall, a great breakfast spot that won't get you too full and lazy for the day. Try their fruit bowls!
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Panaderia Artesanal
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Yes, you can get legit french baguettes/pastries in Jaco! Overall, a great breakfast spot that won't get you too full and lazy for the day. Try their fruit bowls!
Grab some delicious fresh roasted coffee harvested from Jaco at this cute and cozy coffee shop. I recommend the fresh fruit sodas and the red honey brew!
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Café Bohío
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Grab some delicious fresh roasted coffee harvested from Jaco at this cute and cozy coffee shop. I recommend the fresh fruit sodas and the red honey brew!
Known for THE Breakfast/Brunch Spot in Jaco. Their daily specials can’t be beat. I love the French Toast here. :)
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Known for THE Breakfast/Brunch Spot in Jaco. Their daily specials can’t be beat. I love the French Toast here. :)

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Taxis
Ask the guard to call a taxi for you. Taxis headed to downtown are $3-4. Uber isn't very reliable in Jaco, unfortunately!
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Is the tap water safe to consume in Jaco?
Yes, tap water and ice cubes are absolutely safe to consume in Jaco. Please consider bringing your refillable hydroflask to reduce waste and save money on bottled water. :)
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What's up with this 13% VAT Tax?
Currently, a 13% value added tax (VAT) is charged on professional services in Costa Rica. The tax, which is known as the Impuesto de Valor Agregado (IVA) in Spanish, replaced the country's 13% sales tax (sometimes referred to as the IVI; Impuesto de Ventas Incluido, or “Sales Tax Included” in English).
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What's the Tipping Culture in Costa Rica?
In summary: Tipping is not a normal part of Costa Rican culture. Sometimes you will see service tax is built into the bill, and sometimes it isn't. It's always good to clarify, to avoid double paying. Tipping is always given from the heart, so if you feel the service was exceptional-- toss a few extra dollars to show some appreciation!
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What's a Tico? And what's a Tica??
Ticos/Ticas are slang for male/female Costa Rican locals. :)
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What’s PURA VIDA all about?
More a special phrase to Costa Rica than actual slang, “Pura Vida” is a term understood by any native Spanish speaker. The phrase literally translates to “pure life”. However, Costa Ricans must believe in the theory of “speak it into existence” because they say it so often that they literally have developed their country into one of pure life.
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Bring a Hydroflask!
Save money on bottled water, because tap water is safe to drink in Jaco. Bring a hydroflask to reduce waste and reduce unnecessary spending!
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Check out local promotions and happy hours. Cheers!
Jaco's thriving resto/bar scene is full of awesome promos and happy hours. Definitely get more bang for your buck by doing a little research. A great tool to find out what's going on is browsing through this site: www.JacoCity.com
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Renting a car? Save money on Insurance!
Car rental agencies make their money on insurance. You can potentially save money by seeing if your credit card offers PRIMARY insurance on car rentals. If they do, make sure to have your credit card company send a letter stating they provide PRIMARY coverage. Print it out and show it to the Car Rental agency, to strengthen your refusal to pay for their insurance. This has variable rates of success, but worth a try if you want to save some cash renting a car. Good luck!
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Take a bus from SJO to JACO for about $6 USD
This is a local secret to save some money. It's a bit crowded, but the buses are newer and some even have A/C. If you're up for the adventure, ask me and I will walk you through on how to take the bus from SJO to JACO (and vice versa) for cheap.
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Save Money, Eat & Drink at Home
The condo is equipped with a chef's kitchen: everything you need to cook a meal, and more. HIGH QUALITY MEAT: Jaco Fine Meats FRESH FISH: Pescederia Bertil FRESH QUALITY PRODUCE: Farmer's Market on Friday CRAFT LOCAL COFFEE: Bohio Coffee
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Buy your Booze at the Duty-Free SJO
There are some great deals on liquor at the Duty Free in SJO. I always stock up first whenever I land and avoid paying taxes as well. You can find liquor/beer in Jaco, but the prices are tourist prices.
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Have you notified your Credit Card about your Travel Dates?
Friendly reminder to notify your CC company about your travel dates to avoid a fraud ping. Most CC's allow you to share your dates from within their app, for your convenience.
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Bring a WIDE BRIMMED Hat
Protection from the blazing Jaco sun is important. Bring a hat to shade yourself and avoid a nasty sunburn!
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Pack Sunblock/Bugspray
Protect yourself against the elements! And pack it before you have to buy it in Costa Rica, it is quite expensive here.
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Bring Water Shoes & Walking Shoes
Waterfall hikes are fun, but you have to have the proper shoes. Stepping on sharp rocks or slipping on vines can be avoided with some decent water shoes. If you forgot, there are local stores that will sell them. And don't forget to bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes so you can enjoy a nice hike!
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MUST DOWNLOAD APPS
WHATSAPP: An efficient way to communicate with locals and make free calls to other WhatsApp users. Highly recommended. GOOGLE MAPS: highly reliable and accurate in Costa Rica, use it for looking up points of restaurants and even reviews. GOOGLE TRANSLATE: If your Spanish is rusty to non-existent, this is crucial. You can even download the entire spanish database so you can continue to translate even if not connected to internet. You can even translate picture and text as well! WAZE: Waze is a driving/navigation app that works well in Costa Rica. Most of the locals use it to get around.
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NEVER MISS A SUNSET! ~5:30pm
Costa Rican Sunsets are life changing. Grab one of the beach chairs I've provided and E N J O Y. Sunset North Side of the Beach: Best views of islands Sunset South Side of the Beach: Best views of palm trees
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Save Money -- Avoid Money Exchange Booths
You can exchange USD to Colones for true currency exchange value at the bank (bring your passport!) or even the grocery store. Money exchange booths have a horrible exchange rate, and not recommended. How to "easily" convert Colones to USD: "DOUBLE IT" It's not an exact exchange, but a simple rough estimate. 500 colones = ~1 USD 1000 colones = ~2 USD 20,000 colones = ~40 USD
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Need a Private Shuttle?
Jaco Super Ride is one of the most affordable, safest, and convenient shuttle companies. From airport transfers or taking trips to other towns, you will be well taken care of. This is the company I chose to ride with whenever I need a private driver. Let me know if you need to get somewhere, and I will help set up a ride for you!
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Love Farmer's Markets? Jaco has one every Friday Morning!
A small farmer's market, but you can find a lot of hidden gems here. From fresh produce you can't find anywhere else, to delicious coffee liquor. Try out their fresh squeezed juice! You'll be glad you stopped by. Ask me how to get there!
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Don't miss out on an El Miro Sunset Hike! Incredible Views
El Miro trail is easy to get to. It's at the southern most end of the road of Jaco leading to the mountain. You can easily locate it on Google Maps. El Miro is an abandoned building/mansion that is known for it's incredible views during sunset. The hike is a popular trail for mtn bikers, dog walkers, and horseback riders. It is a easy/moderate hike with some incline. Lots of incredible wildlife from monkeys, frogs, and snakes. One of my favorite activities to do in Jaco!
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Looking for Adventure? Here's what I HIGHLY Recommend:
ZIP LINING: Soaring high above the treeline upside down is an experience you'll never forget. ATV JUNGLE TOUR: Imagine playing Mario Kart through the jungle. This is exactly how it feels. So much FUN! WATERFALL TOUR: Rappelling up a waterfall and then jumping off it into cool, fresh spring water. Amazing experience. TORTUGA ISLAND: enjoy having a BBQ lunch with a margarita on a private island with white sands. Snorkling, banana boat, and lunch is included! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Need help booking? I can help arrange Packages for you with the best prices and tour guides. Ask me how.
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Cash or Credit?
Most places accept credit cards as payment. Visa is more widely accepted, while MasterCard/AMEX is moderately accepted. Places will also accept USD but will change you out in Colones. How to "easily" convert Colones to USD: "DOUBLE IT" It's not an exact exchange, but a simple rough estimate. 500 colones = ~1 USD 1000 colones = ~2 USD 20,000 colones = ~40 USD
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Can I drink alcohol in public?
The police don't seem to mind about drinking alcohol on the street or at the beach. But please exercise self-restraint, public intoxication is frowned upon.