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Jacó, the closest beach resort to San José, is also Costa Rica's most developed resort. Put on the map more than a decade ago by surfers and predominantly Canadian package vacationers, this central Pacific resort is still popular for its surf and budget accommodations, although the brown sand beach is below average. Though there's not much to do in town by day, local attractions include crocodile safaris, canopy zipline adventures, and horseback riding and ATV tours. And sportfishers set out to wrestle marlin from nearby Los Sueños Marina at Playa Herradura, where the Los Sueños Marriott Beach & Golf Resort has the ...

Jacó, the closest beach resort to San José, is also Costa Rica's most developed resort. Put on the map more than a decade ago by surfers and predominantly Canadian package vacationers, this central Pacific resort is still popular for its surf and budget accommodations, although the brown sand beach is below average. Though there's not much to do in town by day, local attractions include crocodile safaris, canopy zipline adventures, and horseback riding and ATV tours. And sportfishers set out to wrestle marlin from nearby Los Sueños Marina at Playa Herradura, where the Los Sueños Marriott Beach & Golf Resort has the region's sole fairways. Jacó has a great choice of fine-dining outlets. For a top-notch experience, head to Villa Caletas for a meal with a spectacular view; time it for the monthly music concerts. Jacó's night scene is off the hook, although many bars are slightly salacious. American-style sports bars are favored: many show Monday night football. Don't miss the equestrian dinner show at El Caballo Rey.

Christopher Baker
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Christopher P. Baker has authored guidebooks to Costa Rica, California, and various Caribbean islands for Frommer's, Lonely Planet, and National Geographic, among others.

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  • Best Time to Visit:

    November to May dry season