Playa Jaco Surf Spot Guide
Hotels in Playa Jaco
DoceLunas Hotel in Playa Jaco
Posada Jaco in Playa Jaco
Playa Jaco is a good place to start your surf trip in case you still need some supplies.
This is the town with the biggest selection of used and new surfboards on sale. There must be around 30 surf shops in Jaco. Most of the well known surf board shapers of Costa Rica are located in Jaco, too. Piko and Carton are located in Jaco. Nico Fisher, from Argentina, is located in Hermosa. So if you still need a board or forgot your rash guard and need some good sun blocker it makes sense to stop in Jaco.
Jaco is home to some of the best surfers of Costa Rica. Jairo Perez, Nathaly Bernhold, Gilbert Brown, Lisbeth Vindas and her husband Diego Naranjo are all residents of Jaco.
This is a beach break with many peaks. So even though Jaco attracts loads of tourists and many locals it’s not too difficult to catch a wave here. Usually the waves, which break over a sandy bottom, are average. But don’t be surprised, with a big swell from the Southwest the sandbanks generate big waves in Jaco, too.
The waves start to become good 2 hours before high tide. At the southern end of the bay the waves are a bit slower. Watch out for currents in Jaco. Swimmers drown here every year, because they get caught in a rip tide and panic.
The 2016 ISA World Surfing Games will take place in Jaco Beach from August 6-14.
Photos of Playa Jaco
On the southern end of Jaco the drop of the beach is not so steep. Usually there are a lot of beginners at this side of Jaco.
Playa Jaco on the map