Jacó, Costa Rica

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Jacó Beach Costa Rica.
Jacó Beach Costa Rica.
Jacó is located in Costa Rica
Location in Costa Rica
Coordinates: 9°37′N 84°38′W / 9.617°N 84.633°W / 9.617; -84.633Coordinates: 9°37′N 84°38′W / 9.617°N 84.633°W / 9.617; -84.633
CountryFlag of Costa Rica.svg Costa Rica
 • Total10.000
Time zoneUTC-6
Area code(s)+506

Jacó is a resort city on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica in Central America. Located in the county of Garabito in the Puntarenas province, the city has a population of approximately 10,000 residents. Jacó has a black sand beach that is 4 km (2.5 mi) long and offers some of the best surfing in Costa Rica.[1]


As Jacó lies on the seashore, climate is normally humid, with relative humidity around 80%, reaching 90% in June. Temperature is 24–32 °C (75–90 °F) during the day and 24–26 °C (75–79 °F) at night. During the dry season, away from the water, the temperature may consistently reach 35 °C (95 °F) or above.

Jacó lies in a tropical climate zone mainly defined by distinct dry and wet seasons. Generally speaking, August through early December are wet, and late December through early April are dry; the remaining months have irregular rainy spells.


Jacó Beach in 2007.

Jacó lies between several mountains, and is neighbored by the beaches of Herradura Bay to the North, and Playa Hermosa to the South (not to be confused with another beach by the same name, but located in Guanacaste). About 35 kilometers north of Jacó, lies the Carara National Park, recognized for its exuberant wildlife and dense rain forest. Carara is home to one of the largest remaining populations of wild scarlet macaws in the country. The ecotourism park Rainforest Adventures, NatGeo´s top ten of adventure trips,[2] is just 5 minutes from the beach and it features an aerial tram through the transitional forest. The Manuel Antonio National Park is located 75 kilometres south of Jacó.

Jacó lies about 100 kilometers (a little less than two hours via Route 34) from the capital San José and an hour and a half from Costa Rica's primary international airport, Juan Santamaría International, accessed via route 34/27.


The beach in Jaco is perfect for beginner surfers, with surfing schools and various shops that sell and rent equipment for surfing. Experienced surfers also visit Jaco because it is only a short drive to beaches for more professional surfers, such as Hermosa Beach, which is just five minutes away, with pipes and Beach Break for experienced surfers only.[3]


  1. ^ Stater, Adam. "Jacó". Archived from the original on 2013-06-16.
  2. ^ http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/photos-top-10-adventure-trips/#/costa-rica-adventure-zip_86051_600x450.jpg
  3. ^ "8 best surfing beaches in costa rica".

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