Playa Jaco, Costa Rica is truly a world of its own. Although there is a lot of “American” influence in the city now, six years ago, according to locals, half of the buildings were non-existent. The city itself is beautiful and culturally diverse. Walking down the main street in Jaco, you can look to either your right or your left, see a local surf shop, supermarket or even a soda shop (which down here is just another word for restaurant), and right beside of it may reside one of many Costa Rican souvenir shops.
Referring to Eye-witness Travel, and from personal experience, you never run out of things to do. Night owls, have no worries. Jaco has a country-wide reputation for an exuberant nightlife. To compose a list of things to do is a splendid idea. Take surfing lessons, ride horses on the beach, mountains, or both, go snorkeling, rent ATVs, tour waterfalls, ride zip lines and even feed crocodiles. The list is never-ending. The fun is inevitable.
In terms of food, there are four places that are essential to visit in Jaco. The top one being a great place for breakfast, Pachi’s Pan, an extravagant bakery located on the main street in the city. There you can purchase a sugar doughnut for 500 colones ($1.00 USD) or churros 1 for 200 colones ($0.20 USD). The second recommendation is Big Bamboo Pizzeria, a great place to go for dinner. The pepperoni pizza is sensational and the prices are great as well. The third place for any meal of the day and also a place to eat an authentic Costa Rican cuisine is Soda Garbito. This place has dirt cheap prices for mounds of food, and is located only one block from Escuela del Mundo! The final recommended restaurant is one of the finest tourist attractions and taco bars in all of Jaco, simply named Taco Bar. Their specialty is fish tacos and swinging bars.
Wherever you visit in Costa Rica, make sure to stop in Jaco and make the most of your stay. It is a once in a lifetime experience, where I made memories that will last a thousand lifetimes. My words are simply understatements compared to the sight of beautiful Jaco and far exceed any man or woman’s description of the city. Costa Rica, Pura Vida!