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“It's not the caribbean”
Review of Jaco Beach

Jaco Beach
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Surfing Lessons in Jaco Beach
Ranked #4 of 45 things to do in Jaco
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Lafayette, Indiana, United States
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28 reviews
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“It's not the caribbean”
Reviewed December 15, 2012

Since I am used to going to Jamaica, I was disappointed in the beaches in Jaco. The sand is brown and reminds me of dirt. Lots of surf, brown water and no beach bars right on the beach

Visited December 2012
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“Beautiful Beaches!”
Reviewed December 14, 2012

Loved the beach, not many people around so you have plenty of privacy and can relax and unwind! Water was beautiful and there was a nice breeze to keep you a good temperature!

Visited November 2012
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Cariari, Costa Rica
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“Dirty”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

Dirty beach. Drive to Manuel Antonio (1.5 more hours) for a cleaner, more beautiful beach. Jaco has waste water running right into the ocean. You need a shot before going into the water so you do not catch anything.

Visited January 2012
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“Jaco: beach + costa rican beauty”
Reviewed December 12, 2012 via mobile

Water: the water is definitely for experienced ocean goers. Either be attached to a surf board or a body board, and you'll be fine (except when the waves are over 5 feet then you better know what you're doing!).

Crime: as for drugs and prostitution, if you're out past 11 you can easily see this, but other than the clubs, the streets are dead at this time. We were in bed by 10 and up for a gorgeous sunrise at 6, so we didnt encounter much at all in this regard.

Food: Jaco has some excellent restaurants! As a foodie from Atlanta, you will have wonderful food we could not find elsewhere in the tourist destinations of costa rica.

Things to do: we find Jaco to be a perfect base from which to see amazing things in costa rica! From turtoga island to the volcano and there's even a theater run by a New York theater owner in Jaco!

People: we love the costa ricans!

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Bossier City, Louisiana
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“Beautiful sunsets”
Reviewed November 25, 2012

The views from our hotel were beautiful. The beach itself was rather non-descript as the tides were rather small. Better waves can be found further south and north from this location. I did, however enjoy setting out at night on the beach enjoyin the breeze and smoking a nice Costa Rican cigar. The sunsets are relaxing and can be beautiful when the coloring of the clouds are just right.

Visited November 2012
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