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Jaco is the closest beach town to San Jose and the city center for some of the best surfing beaches in Costa Rica. Unlike other more rural, laidback surfing destinations in Costa Rica, Jaco is a developed city, with a beachfront skyline featuring high rise towers and condominiums. Just an hour and a half from San Jose, Jaco is the perfect escape from the “big smoke” without sacrificing nightlife attractions! To the south (43 miles/69 km) Manuel Antonio is within an easy one-hour driving distance from Jaco. The center of Jaco features many restaurants, bars, boutique surf stores, souvenir shops, clothing and bikini stores, tour offices, banks, a theater, cinema, and casinos. The active nightlife usually kicks off about 11:00 p.m. and this is the place to visit for a Costa Rica bachelor party or if you’re looking for a fun night on the town with friends. Should you wish for VIP assistance with table reservations at any of the restaurants, clubs and lounges, your Costa Rica First Class Villas Concierge can arrange these details for you. Fishing charters depart daily from the Los Sueños Marina, located within the Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort. The 18-hole, par-72 championship La Iguana golf course offers a challenging Ted Robinson-designed layout. Your First Class Villas Concierge is available to set up a tee-time for you. There are also great restaurant choices at Los Sueños for fine and delicious dining. The surrounding beaches of Playa Herradura (4.4 miles/7 km north of Jaco) and Playa Hermosa (6 mile/10 km south of Jaco) are also frequented by beach-goers and surfers. Local surfing competitions take place every Saturday by the Backyard Restaurant & Hotel and the International Quicksilver Championships are usually held annually at Hermosa Beach. Hermosa Beach is also home to the Playa Hermosa Wildlife Refuge (Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre), where Olive Ridley sea turtles come ashore to nest. Driving from San Jose to Jaco, you will pass the Carara Biological Reserve (Reserva Biologica Carara) 9.3 miles/ 15 km north of Jaco. The Reserve is open from 7:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. and hiking tours can be arranged for visitors to experience the wildlife, where you may see caimans, monkeys, peccaries, coatmundis, and a wide variety of bird life. This is also a great place to spot the impressive scarlet macaws, either early in the morning or closer to sunset. The Reserve is also bordered by the Tarcoles River, infamous for its large American crocodiles. You can gaze upon them from the bridge above or take a river boat tour to see the beauties up close!

  • Villa Amada

    Jaco

    • Bedrooms: 5
    • Bathrooms: 5.5
    • Max Sleep: 12
    • Min Nights: 5

    As beachfront as it gets, at Villa Encantada you can stroll from the living room, cross the beautiful garden patio (where time can be spent leisurely barbequing by the fountain, reading on the chaise lounges and sun beds), cruise out the back gate and plop yourself down right on the beach. The proximity to the ocean ensures that Villa Encantada is serenaded night and day by the sound of the waves. Relaxation upon arrival is instantaneous!

    Starting from $1000/per night
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  • Villa Iguana

    Jaco

    • Bedrooms: 7
    • Bathrooms: 6
    • Max Sleep: 17
    • Min Nights: 5

    There is no better place than Villa Iguana to be looking out across the ocean from the upper deck. Come and experience the best of the Pacific Coast in this luxury villa in Jaco Beach. Your vacation of a lifetime starts here. Rejuvenate your senses in this unique beach front property.

    Starting from $595/per night
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