We love Jaco!!
Jaco is a 2 hour ride from San Jose, and is on the verge of becoming a city.
The beaches are beautiful--while not white sand--you can see that there is a major effor to beautify.
This is a town of young people, lots of surfers. Yes, it is a tad seedy, but in some ways that adds to the "realness" equation.
In Jaco , you don't leave laptop computers in plain sight on your car front sear on side streets--it is true.. you probably will become the victim of a crime of opportunity.
But for great scenery--things to do-- beautiful birds, chicks, great food and fun. Jaco is happening!!