Although water in Jaco and most of Costa Rica is safe to drink, bottled water is readily available. Agua mineral, or simply soda, is sparkling water in Costa Rica. If you like your water without bubbles, request aqua mineral sin gas, or agua en botella.
Costa Rica uses 110 volt, 60 cycle electricity, the same used in North America. Wall sockets are American-style with a ground so North America travelers will not typically need a converter or adaptor.
The food in Costa Rica is delicious. It is made with fresh vegetables and fruits, grains, fish, seafood, chicken and meat. The typical lunch dish is called “casado” and includes rice and beans, fresh salad, a vegetable stew, sweet plantains and your choice of fish, chicken or meat (or vegetarian if you like), it is accompanied by “fresco” that is a drink made out of fresh fruit and water. For breakfasts costa ricans have a large meal that includes “gallo pinto” (rice and beans mixed up), eggs, bread or tortillas, sweet plantains, “natilla” that is similar to sour cream, fruits and local coffee. In Jaco you will find many “sodas” (small restaurants selling typical food) that sell a full breakfast or lunch meal including a drink for about $5-$6.
In Jaco there are also dozens of international restaurants offering great food including Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, seafood and french cuisine; you so can try a different place each night and always taste something different.
If you like cooking you will find the freshest fruits and vegetables at the Jaco Farmer’s Market held on Fridays.
Most types of tours are charged in US dollars and US dollars are widely accepted in Costa Rica but your change will always be in colones.
Any time is a good time to visit Costa Rica, so come when your schedule permits. Activities and accommodations are available year-round, but the majority of visitors come during dry season (December – April)
Jaco is extremely casual – shorts, swimwear and sandals are okay everywhere. All condos are equipped with washer and dryer, so pack light. Long pants are unnecessary for Jaco but may be desired for San Jose or any special events you may have planned. San Jose is much cooler in the evenings than Jaco, and usually requires a light jacket or sweater.
You may also want to consider clothing needed for any tours you might desire. If you plan a short trip over to Manuel Antonio Park, a jungle Canopy Tour or an ATV expedition, you’ll need sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes. If you plan a fishing excursion or golf at Los Suenos Resort, pack appropriately. The sun can be intense here so remember your sunscreen, hat and sunglasses. Flip-flops or beach shoes are a good idea.
The dry season (December, January, February, March and April) offers consistently dry weather on the Pacific side of the country, although there are occasionally small amounts of rain. The rainy season (May – Nov) throughout Costa Rica is often characterized by morning sun and afternoon rain. However, Costa Rica’s tropical climate and varied terrain does create unpredictable weather patterns throughout the year.
Year round monthly 24 hour average temperatures fall into a very narrow range. Monthly average temperatures in Jaco Costa Rica are at their lowest in October, at around 79 degrees, and their highest in March at 83 degrees. While 24 hour averages fall in a narrow range throughout the year, the high temperatures in the dry season are noticably higher, in the 90s instead of the 80s.
You will require a valid passport (with at least six months remaining before expiry) and depending on your country of origin you may enter Costa Rica without a visa. USA, Canada and most European countries have this privilege. For further information please visit http://www.migracion.go.cr/
Costa Rica is a very safe place for visitors. Even though there’s crime, mostly petty theft, acting with precaution as you would traveling anywhere in the world will ensure a memorable Jaco vacation. Do not do anything in Costa Rica that you would not do in your home country.
San Juan Santamaría International Airport (airport code SJO) is located 20 kilometers from downtown San Jose, Costa Rica and approximately 90 minutes from Jaco Beach. With over 4 million annual passengers, Juan Santamaría is the 2nd busiest airport in Central America. Over 15 airlines serve the airport including non-stop routes from the US and Canada, a 3 to 7 hour flight