Jaco really has become a ghetto! It used to be nice but now I don't go there anymore. The beach break isn't even good and when its raining you damn sure don't want to be out there! (poo-poo las olas) Like the others said, I would recommend going up north or down south.
Headin down Nov. 24 and will be in Jaco for 10 days. CR always has waves although the southern hemi season is slowin down but Hermosa still has head high days. Travel to CR twice a year for the last 9 years... let me know if you want in info. There are many great breaks close to Jaco. Jaco is a good base camp and that's why I have my place there. Not a ghetto...way better than 90% of the beach towns in our country. November is a good time to go cause its just getting cold here in the states and its just before Costa Rica's "high" season which is like the fourth of july here. Kids get out of school for break on December 15 and don't return until February so it gets crazy over Christmas. Plus the government shuts down over Christmas and the whole country has a big fiesta!
Chich, it sounds like you have a lot of experience in Jaco. I'm going October 12th for 7 days and another 3 in San Jose. Ayudame hombre! He hecho una reservacion en un hostal se llama Las Camas Hostel Mini al lado de Sol Dorado en Jaco Beach. What are your favorite breaks? Favorite bars? Any quick advice would great!
Clarita's Bar...right on the beach at the north end of town. Eat at Soda Tipica in the center of town next to El Hicaco restaurant. Raquels is a cool soda near Clarita's...
Jaco is kinda gross, underage prostitutes abound and the small time dealers work with the cops to set u up for weed possession
mal pais is pretty and has kinda decent surf, but thievery is like the national sport or something
Id skip CR and always go to panama or nicaragua, if I had the choice, Nica in summer, bocas del torro in panama in winter
can anyone recommend a hotel for a night between mal pais and san jose for a night? maybe something in the mountains?
Look for something in Cobano.....get across the ferry though for sure, Punterenas is sketchy. Montazuma is in the mountains and seems relatively chill from what little time I spent there, take the mountain crossing into Mal Pais near the fish market if you want a little adventure.
Last edited by Blackfish; Oct 2, 2013 at 08:47 PM.