In most towns in Costa Rica, sunset means the businesses downtown close for the day. Not in Jacó.
Jacó’s population is only around 12,000, but the non-stop activity that radiates from this town belies its modest population. Because of its proximity to San José – an easy and scenic 55-minute drive from the international airport – San José residents flood this once-sleepy beach town on weekends and holidays. This ease of access also makes Jacó a convenient stop for travelers exploring Costa Rica. The result is a 24/7 city that, with the exception of the capital, doesn’t exist anywhere else in Costa Rica.
In the wee hours of the morning, you can still dance in a disco, get a cold beverage, grab some tacos, or even pick up a gallon of milk at a store. There are restaurants galore, from inexpensive lunch counters to gourmet culinary experiences. Lodging options run the gamut as well, from hostels to internationally renowned resorts. You’ll even see mini-skyscrapers. It’s all new and exciting.
Jacó is more than just a beach town; it is the gateway to the Central Pacific Coast’s wonderful array of beauty spots and activities that bring nature lovers, beach bums, thrill seekers, party animals, and holistic healers together in the same spot – with plenty for each group to do. All of this activity has helped boost Jacó’s economy to the point that this once-sleepy fishing village now boasts an arts theater, movie theater, fire station, medical clinic and civic center: everything needed for city life.