Jaco Beach Hotels

Jaco, situated on the central Pacific coast, is Costa Rica’s largest beach town. Jaco beach hotels offer tourists the chance to surf and sunbathe while being close to great food and nightlife.

Jaco Beach and Nearby Hotels

When you hear about parties in Costa Rica, you are likely hearing about Jaco. Maybe Tamarindo. Jaco has become popular with locals and tourists alike because of its expansive nightlife scene offering. Just about every type of restaurant, bar, club, and music you could be into will be found somewhere in Jaco, renowned for being the “touristy party town” of Costa Rica.

As a fairly crowded and black sand beach, Jaco bay is not the most beautiful beach. It is clean and safe, however. Plus, it’s palm-fringed and has a stunning jungle backdrop.

In Jaco, there is no end to the nightlife; restaurants and bars line the main street and compete for space on the many side roads leading to and from the beach as well. The service industry is well developed, and you’ll generally find waiters and hostesses to be friendly and polite. The town has everything you could need. Souvenir shops and artists selling their crafts on the street are everywhere, as are surf shops.

Speaking of surf, Jaco beach itself is a good place to learn to surf. The shallow slope of the bay and direction it faces offer more mellow waves than some of the surrounding surf spots. If you already know your way around a board, you can go to more advanced surf spots nearby. Hermosa and Bejuco, are 10 and 20 minutes south of most Jaco hotels.

Nightlife in Jaco

The town is popular with expats, fishing groups, bachelor and bachelorette parties. More and more, there are groups of students and party-goers seeking a spring-break-like experience during any part of the year. While it’s not exactly Vegas, what happens in Jaco tends to stay in Jaco.

While families are welcome at Jaco, Costa Rica hotels, and will find plenty to do during the day, it is worth taking note of the fact that Jaco does deserve its reputation for its more nocturnal activities. You won’t want to be out after dinner time in Jaco with kids. Don’t worry, there’s plenty to keep you busy at the best hotels near Jaco Beach, Costa Rica. Nightlife should not put you off from considering Jaco as a great place to base your Costa Rica vacation around.

Jaco hotels are definitely worth thinking about, whether you’re traveling with family, alone, or in a group. This town has great amenities and restaurants and easy access to tours, national parks, day trips, and other activities. An added bonus is that the roads around Jaco tend to be of decent quality so getting around is a breeze.

Jaco Beach, Costa Rica Hotels

Our favorite hotels that are actually located in Jaco are the Crocs and Club del Mar. Our other two hotels in the area, The Los Sueños Resort and Villa Caletas, are situated just outside of Jaco, in Herradura.

Club del Mar is a Jaco beachfront hotel. Featuring a spa, a restaurant, and beautiful gardens, and being right on the beach, this hotel is a real favorite. It’s in a quiet area at the southern end of Jaco, a perfect location for families and, especially, surfers, as it’s right on a surfing beach. By the way, there’s an on-site surf instructor for all ages and levels. This hotel is budget friendly, just two hours from the airport, and a ten-minute walk from downtown Jaco, where all the shops and restaurants are. It’s an easy walk or quick taxi ride to all the action yet much quieter than being in a hotel next to the clubs. There are just ten rooms at this ocean boutique hotel in Jaco so there’s plenty of personalized attention. It’s a responsible hotel with a certificate of sustainable tourism. The hotel has A/C, TV, WiFi, bikes and boards for rent, yoga classes, a spa, an oceanside pool, a Tiki Bar, and an open-air restaurant with a varied menu.

Many guests like to go sport fishing and bring their catch to the cook to prepare it on the spot. It doesn’t get any fresher than that!

Los Sueños Golf Resort and Marina


The Los Sueños Resort and Marina features rentals, a hotel, and resort amenities. The condos are fully equipped, including a washer and dryer.
There are many hotel room types to choose from. Some families prefer connected rooms while some other guests like the adults-only section. Regardless of the room type, you will get access to the whole of the resort and marina. This means you have 12 restaurants to choose from! Whether you crave a tropical cocktail at sunset, a quick bite between activities, or fine dining at its best, there’s no need to even leave the property.
You can choose from so many types of cuisine, such as Mediterranean, Costa Rican, seafood and steak, and tacos. There’s a coffee house open at all hours, the option to eat by the pool or in an open terrace. Or, enjoy one of quite a few impressive views from the various restaurants. Some favorites are ceviche at Bar Ocho, grab-and-go pastries at Casa del Café, and a steak from 18 & Green, which overlooks the golf course.
There’s also the option of having a private chef come to you or ordering room service. Your concierge can take care of that and anything else you may need. All the options are at your fingertips. There is a Jacuzzi, a barbecue area, volleyball, outdoor tennis courts, a sauna, mini golf, a solarium, jogging trails, a gym with complimentary fitness classes, and, of course, a world-class championship golf course.

Designed for professionals and amateurs, by Ted Robinson, the La Iguana Golf Course offers a beautiful sight to see and a challenging layout too. The club offers equipment rentals and lessons. There’s also a driving range and putting green.

The marina on-site is well known for its annual fishing tournaments. Boat tours leave from there daily. We’re talking sport fishing charters, sailboats, speedboats, and catamaran cruises. Then there’s the two-acre beach club. It features a gorgeous man-made and well maintained beach, sun loungers, palm umbrellas, and a pool with a swim-up bar. At this resort, you get the best of so many options, exclusivity, proximity to tours and nightlife, on-site just-about-everything, and a general 5-star feeling of luxury.

The on-site spa provides a sense of balance in its treatments and services. Guests leave completely revitalized and rejuvenated. What could be better than the Los Sueños lifestyle? This is resort-living at it’s finest. There are beautiful gardens, newly renovated pools, and glimpses of paradise all over. A stay there is a unique Costa Rican beachfront experience. The location is perfectly hidden between the rainforest and the beach. You are minutes away from the entertainment, shopping, and tours of downtown Jaco, yet far enough away to give a feel of being somewhere special. The services and amenities, coupled with the inspiring views and thrilling adventures to be had, make this a very popular choice.

Villa Calletas


A little further on from Los Suenos is the 5-star Villa Caletas. Situated 1,150 feet above the Pacific Ocean, this luxury hotel features everything any world class luxury hotel would as well as some of the most incredible views in the country. You will also have an exclusive access to a private beach. This beautiful property is part of “Small Distinctive Hotels of Costa Rica.” It’s great for groups, couples, and families with older kids. There are 52 guestrooms, eloquently decorated. There’s WiFi, A/C, satellite TV, a beach bar, and two restaurants. There’s plenty to do on-site, as there’s a spa, three pools, nature trails, a gallery, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. There’s something different about working out with such nice jungle views.
So there you have our favorite hotels in Jaco, Costa Rica, from beachfront boutiques to luxurious resorts and everything in between. If you would like more details, please send us an email or give us a call and we would be more than happy to help.

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