We visited the Jaco area in late May 08. While we were there tropical storm Arthur formed over Cost Rica, which has never happened before, so we had a few days of solid rain. Other then that we enjoyed the trip.
This time of year the typical weather is 1-2 hours of rain in the afternoon, maybe one day a week with a little more. Rainy season is worst around Sept I believe.
The 2 hour ride from San Jose airport was fine, we had read here various comments about the ride, but it was fine, I have been on worse roads and more perilous roads in West Virginia. They do have many single lane bridges, which is no problem, people just take turns.
In the Jaco area there is much to do. If you are staying at Los Suenos, Louis is very good (in the tour office) the best tip we have is Transancho. These guys are a transportation/tour company in the area that we happened upon, Gustavo Herrera is a great guy. When we met him & and others from the company) we friends in a very short time. They can arrange tours and/or get you where you need to go. We stayed at the Los Suenos resort which used a different transportation company but we like Tansancho and used them.
We heard various things about Jaco, pickpocket town, party town, we were there several times, only during the day. We found the people friendly, police everywhere,(a good thing) as long as you stay aware we felt safe. We struck up conversations with several folks while hanging around, met a lady that had moved there from Paris. The south end of town seemed nicer.
We founds things in the area to be fairly expensive, the exchange rate was about 530 colonge / dollar
Places to visit, various ATV horseback tours, be sure to go on the monkey tour at Damis island, the monkeys come right into your boat. We used Chino (not sure of spelling) but later heard the “The monkey Father” company was the best at getting the monkeys out. All the guys there were great.
Manual Antonio Park is a must visit
There is a nasty under construction bridge on the way to the Manual Antonio park form Jaco.
Don’t forget about the government “airport $72 tax” as you are leaving
They have a saying there, pura vita! It means live life to the fullest, or pure living!
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