Jaco Beach is a 2.5 mile stretch of black sand paradise on the Pacific Ocean. Located only an hour and half from San Jose, it is a popular beach for relaxation and fun, especially on the weekends! There are lots of surfers, boogie boarders and paddle boarders out in the water and there are spots for everyone, regardless of your experience level. In fact, Jaco just hosted the 2016 ISA World Surfing Games so you know there's good surfing! The southern end of the beach boasts great beginner waves that tend to be smaller than the larger waves firing at the mid-north sections of Jaco. For even bigger waves, hop in a car or taxi and visit nearby Playa Hermosa, Playa Esterillos or take an even further (but not too far) drive to Quepos. Great point, reef and beach breaks are scattered all up and down the coast. Be sure to ask your local surf shop about the best tides to surf each spot, and you're good to go!


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BOARD RENTALS IN JACO

Walk through the main street of Jaco and it may seem like there is a surf shop every few doors. You'll have no problems finding a board to meet your needs, and if you have any questions, just ask. Most of these guys have been surfing all of their lives and are more than happy to help you find a board that will fit your size, experience level and tastes. You may even get a free lesson on board science from these knowledgeable and friendly surfers. Board rentals usually run around $15-20 USD per day (for board, leash, fins, wax) and often require a passport or ID to rent.

Here are just a few of our favorite shops!

  • Jass Surf Shop
  • El Pana Surf Shop
  • Chuck's WOW Surf Shop
  • The Pro's House
  • Sunrise Surf School
 
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COMPLETE YOUR VACATION WITH SURF LESSONS!

Almost every surf shop offers lessons, but there are many surf schools located in Jaco as well. Whether you've never stood on a board before or just need a refresher course, there are individual, group and family lessons to fit your needs. These schools will get you up and riding in no time:

  • Jaco Surf Club
  • Sunrise Surf School
  • Chuck's WOW Surf Shop
  • School of the World - Only week-long lessons offered*
  • The Pro's House