My wife and I have a place in Jaco...it's in the SwellInfo surf trips vacation section...Costa Linda is the name....anyway I know the area very well after staying there for the last 8 years. Hermosa is THE spot...especially in the winter when the southern hemi swells back off. That said Hermosa is a wave magnet due to is location and always has waves. The winter months are the smallest with wave hights averaging waist to head (3 to 6 foot. Places like Jaco will be flat as a lake yet if you drive 5 minutes around the mountain to Hermosa, it'll be waist to chest. There are many other breaks within a short drive of Jaco other than Hermosa. Bocca Barranca is the second longest left in Costa Rica and is a short 40 minute drive north towards Punteranes. This is a big river mouth that can break up to 500 -700 yards but this needs a BIG swell to work. Other areas close to Jaco are Esterillos, Bejuco, and Escondido (reef break just north of Jaco). Jaco is a great base camp because it has all the comforts of home like 2 grocery stores, gas station, bars, restaurants and surf shops. Jaco is an easy drive from the airport in San Jose. The new highway is open and you can be in Jaco from the airport in about an hour and ten minutes. If you want the in's on where to rent a car and any other information just send me a message and I'll hook you up. Costa Rica is my second home and I'm always happy to share my knowledge of this beautiful country with great food and wondeful people. PURA VIDA!!!
Is Pancho Villa steakhouse still open in Jaco?
I stayed at Costa Linda in Jaco last May, and I went to see Playa Hermosa when that big south swell peaked. The place looked scary, 6-8 ft close-out beachbreaks, only saw one guy out and he didn't catch a thing, the whole time he was waiting for a wave small enough and makeable enough to take him in. I was with my wife and we didn't hit the restaurants that much. Did the popular Adventure Dining at the pura vida gardens which didn't impress me that much. I miss the fruit vendors along the sides of the roads. You can't beat 25 cent mangoes when they cost close to $2 each here.
thanks for all the feedback brothas, i hope to put this to good use in the fall...
any arising questions, i'll be sure to contact a couple of you..
once again, thanks for the help & one love
playa negra, its always head head high when the surrounding breaks are flat, or marbella
I really liked Playa Guiones. Great waves every time I was in town. I have always wanted to hit Pavones it looks fun for the Goofy footer of the world.
5 main options, cant go wrong with any combination thereof. (in order of my opinion of their epicness)
1. pavones. Longest left around. best waves that I have ever seen and ridden in my life. Ride a wave for over a minute and your understanding of surfing is changed forever. But, lock you car. To a pole. Seriously. It's funny, nobody gave a sh*t about me until I set up my camera after the session. I had people eyeing me down from the second it left its case to the second I drove away. Dollar signs in their eyes.
2. Hermosa. heavy beachie. You can stay in Jaco and drive in everyday to surf, it's about 5 minutes. I am yet to see any of the fabled green tubes there but have had my share of foamy brown ones. This place on average is like macking hatteras, and on a big day is comparable to escondito. Broken boards line the beaches on DOH days here.
3. Tamarindo area- includes a few to the north and a few to the south. Lots of fun waves around here but nothing that hangs with hermosa or pavones, IMHO.
4. Mal Pies & Santa Teresa - I didn't really score here but this part of the country is incredibly beautiful. Looking at a map and some pics online, the place has potential for serious surf.
5. Dominical / dominicalito / uvita. Lots of good waves here, very few great ones. Dominical is a pretty cool town too. Not quite to the extend of Jaco or Tamarindo, but cool.
All of that said, on even a decent day the whole coast blows the shorts off of anywhere around here