Jaco Beach

Let’s take a walk along the beach in Jaco, Costa Rica. This town is known for its surfing, and we’ll be walking along the prime location.

Getting There

We’re going to be walking along the southern end of Jaco for this video. There is a main road about 100 meters off the beach called Pastor Diaz Ave. This road is a main conduit for traffic to travel for Central Jaco to the beaches to the south. Along Pastor Diaz Ave, there are several side streets that bring you to the beach front.

The roads along the beach front are slower speed and less travelled. They are great for walking and also have lots of hotels and short term stays. These locations are fantastic as you can quickly access the beach for swimming and surfing, or walk up to Central Jaco along the beach. You will have to cross several river mouths, which depending on how much rain there has been, can be quite deep and turbulent. 

If it’s rained recently/raining and high tide, I suggest walking along Pastor Diaz Ave unless you’re rather adventurous. 


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Surfs Up!

You’re going to see surfing along the entire frontage of Jaco, usually at or around higher tide. Along the southern end, the waves break much smaller and there was less rip currents visible. If you’re heading to Jaco with young kids or you’re not a surfer, you’ll likely try surfing around this location. Even if you sign up for a daily surfing school further up the beach, you’ll be heading to this end for the lessons.

There are surfing schools all along the beach and they’re all very nice and offer a few hours of lessons for about $50. You can also buy a high quality body board for about that price at the surf shops in town. 

Either way, if you’re not familiar with the water just ensure that when and where you enter, there are others out in the surf. It’s a good way to gauge the safety of the water – both for depth and possible turbulence. 

For stronger swimmers, further north towards Central Jaco is where you’ll see bigger waves and much stronger currents. The run out is much smaller, you can be in water up to you knees one moment and the next up to your neck. Again, watch the water for a bit to determine whose swimming/surfing it and if it’s calm enough for you to enter.

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Enjoy Your Stay

If you’re visiting Jaco, the southern end of the beach is great for a lot of reasons. It’s less busy than Central Jaco, the beaches are calmer and you can still surf the water. There’s lots if short term rentals and hotels to choose from, try even looking on social media for posts about rentals for a month or so. 

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