Do I need a Passport or Visa to enter Costa Rica?
As a vacationing American, British, Canadian or European
citizen, a valid passport (with at least six months
remaining before expiry) is required to enter Costa
Rica, but a visa is not necessary. For other nationalities
please consult the Costa Rica government web site.
Is any vaccination or immunization required or suggested?
No, not necessary.
What is the easiest way to arrive in Jaco from the
Flying into San Jose Airport
(SJO) and then having us pick you up and drive you
to Jaco in the comfort of an air conditioned private
van or bus...
How long is the drive from San Jose Airport to Jaco?
Depending on traffic, and how long we stop for on
the way, between 1 hour 15 minutes and 2 hours.
Is Jaco safe at night?
speaking, most anyone would feel safe to walk along
the main strip at night. There are police
officers patrolling the main streets and private security
guards on most private property - there is a police
station on the beach road near the center of town.
What currency of money is most commonly used in Costa Rica?
US Dollars and Costa Rican Colones are both widely used
and accepted. It is advantageous to have both on hand -
depending on circumstances.
Are ATM's available? Can I use Credit Cards?
There are several ATM machines located throughout Jaco but
only a few of them dispense your choice of local colones
or US dollars. Credit cards are widely accepted (but not
everywhere). There are also a couple of exchange places
and regular banks on the main strip.
Do I need to speak Spanish to get by in Jaco?
Many locals have learned to speak some English, but
of course some basic Spanish at your end would help...
and then there may be some cases where hand signals
and elaborate gestures are the only way to communicate.
Can I use my cell phone while in Costa Rica?
Some providers offer roaming features that work in Costa
Rica, others do not. It is best to check with your cell
phone company for rates and availability.
Can I use my laptop in Costa Rica? What kind of plugs and
voltage are used?
Electrical outlets throughout Costa Rica are 110v just like
in the U.S. or Canada.
Is WiFi available in Jaco’s Restaurants & Bars?
Free WiFi hot spots have become common in Jaco and is available in many bars and restaurants.
What are the beaches like?
Jaco's beach is nearly 3 miles long. Most of the
beach is sandy with a few rocky patches. The surf
and undertow are moderate most of the year. At high
tide you will see many surfers riding the waves.
Other beaches in the area are Herradura, Hermosa,
Esterillo and Playa Blanca which are all within
a half hour drive.
What should I pack?
It's hot in Jaco
during the day. Be sure to pack flip flops, shorts and loose clothing.
You may also want sun block and insect
repellant. Nights are slightly cooler. Most restaurants and
clubs are casual - but some people like to dress
up. Other essentials include a camera, a copy of
your driver's license and passport, sunglasses,
comfortable shoes, hiking boots and a pair of jeans.
Although there are several pharmacies in the area
we suggest packing all prescription meds you might
need during your stay.
What is Jaco's nightlife like?
Jaco used to be a sleepy surf town but has since grown to
a large beach town now boasting stylish VIP Lounges with
bottle service, Dance Clubs that are open until morning,
Beach Bars and Rock Bars - some just feet from the beach
with spectacular views, and many others that line up and
down the main strip in Jaco center.
Clubs and Bars have popular nights and times that are most
busy and full of fellow party mongers. When you book with
JacoVIP, you will receive a fact sheet and event list that
will help guide your specific party needs and desires.
and Techno / Heavy Metal / Hip Hop / Classic Rock / Salsa
/ 80s Hits / Reggaeton / Funk and Disco / Live Music or
DJ -- Whatever you’re into, there’s a spot in
Jaco that is sure to please.
What kind of dining and restaurants are available?
Local Sodas (Costa Rican restaurant) - American
Classics - Mexican Food - Sushi - Italian and others.
Once again, Jaco has it all. There are a wide variety
of restaurants in Jaco, as well as some fantastic
alternatives in neighboring beach towns, and so
it pays to know where to go. JacoVIP supplies you
with everything you need to find your way around
Is tap water safe to drink?
drinking bottled water instead of tap water. Most
bars and restaurants use purified water for their
Are there casinos in Jaco?
Gambling is legal
in Costa Rica. The Jaco Beach area has a couple of good
casinos for slot machines, roulette and poker.
Hold'Em can be played in a casino most any night of the