Where To Stay In Jaco, Costa Rica – The BEST Areas

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Jaco is a small town on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica boasting surf beaches, great nightlife, and many fun-fuelled activities for all sorts of travelers.

But where to stay in Jaco, Costa Rica?! You are spoiled for options when visiting this vibey beach town. From cheap hostels to luxury resorts, I’ll help you find the perfect accommodation in Jaco to suit your budget!

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A QUICK LOOK AT JACO & WHERE TO STAY

WHAT ARE THE BEST MONTHS TO VISIT JACO?

Located on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Jaco is a fantastic destination for both travelers and holidaymakers.

The best time to visit Jaco is between December and April as the climate is relatively dry and the humidity is low yet still retaining summer temperatures.

WHAT IS THE BEST AREA TO STAY IN JACO, COSTA RICA?

When searching for where to stay in Jaco the best areas to stay are Jaco Beach, Playa Herradura, and Playa Hermosa due to their glorious beaches and wide selection of bars and restaurants, and outdoor activities available.

The best hotels in Jaco are found in these three areas which I’ll go into more detail about below.

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WHY SHOULD YOU VISIT JACO

Jaco Costa Rica offers something for all ages, making it the perfect destination for groups, families, or solo travelers.

The beaches offer a range of water sports and activities, the town and nearby areas have a vast array of restaurants catering to all cuisines, and there is also a bustling nightlife.

Jaco is a beautiful region begging to be explored, and there are many fun-fuelled tours available that can be booked from most Jaco hotels.

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IS JACO EXPENSIVE?

Jaco resorts and hotels can come with a price, but with some research, there are some niche hostels and hotels that can be booked on a budget for travelers not looking to pay the high-end prices.

Food and drink can set you back around $60 a day, but there is a range of choices to raise or lower this cost, budget depending.

IS JACO GOOD FOR NIGHTLIFE?

As one of Costa Rica’s best beach locations, Jaco nightlife does not disappoint. For all travelers looking to explore the night scene there is a range of bars and clubs along the beachfront and in the town, for you to party through the night.

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WHERE TO STAY IN JACO, COSTA RICA

The majority of the accommodation in Jaco can be found in three main tourist areas:

  • Jaco Beach 
  • Playa Herradura
  • Playa Hermosa

Below you will find personalized recommended places to stay in Jaco in each of these main tourist areas including budget hostels, mid-range hotels, and luxury resorts.

BEST HOTELS IN JACO BEACH

LUXURY: CROCS RESORT & CASINO

With breath-taking sea views, Crocs Resort in Jaco offers a large, luxury outdoor pool, two onsite bars, and a restaurant as well as the Crocs Casino.

Rooms all have private bathrooms and offer a range of convenient facilities with an elegantly decorated room overlooking the pool and ocean.

Located close to the heart of Jaco and within walking distance of local bars, restaurants, and Jaco’s stunning beaches, this is a fantastic luxury place to stay in Jaco if you want to be right in the center of it all.

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MID-RANGE: OCEANO BOUTIQUE HOTEL

This mid-range hotel in Jaco offers an outdoor pool with a spa and wellness center, an onsite restaurant, and a range of activities, including golf, cycling, and horse riding.

Rooms are well decorated and offer apartment-style living with a fridge and cooker in your own kitchenette. A private bathroom includes a mini spa pool and free WiFi is available.

Oceano Boutique Hotel is just an eight-minute walk from the beach, and close to all that Jaco Beach has to offer, with a vast array of restaurants and bars close by. Perfect for travelers on a mid-range budget looking for where to stay in Jaco Costa Rica.

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MID RANGE: PACIFIC SUITES

Offering a private pool and well-kept gardens, Pacific Suites is one of the best hotels in Jaco that is well presented and peaceful. All rooms come with their own seating area and private bathroom, and all are equipped with flat screen tv, microwave, and free WiFi.

Positioned just half a mile away from Jaco Walk, this is a great place to stay on Jaco Beach on a mid-range budget. Eight minutes from the beach, you are right in the heart of a vast array of restaurants and local shops.

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BUDGET: HOTEL AMAPOLA

Hotel Amapola offers guests free parking, a restaurant, barbeque, and an onsite games room. Rooms are spacious and come with a private bathroom with a shower.

Located right on Jaco Beach, this budget hotel in Jaco is perfect for anyone traveling on a budget. It’s within walking distance of all local attractions, restaurants, and bars.

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BEST HOTELS IN PLAYA HERRADURA

LUXURY: ZEPHYR PALACE LUXURY HOTEL

This luxury Jaco hotel offers an outdoor pool, restaurant, spa, wellness center, and a private beach. The hotel is decorated in luxury and exotic style and each room comes with its own private terrace with sea views on offer. All rooms are air-conditioned and have a private bathroom.

Located in Playa Herradura, Zephyr Palace is about an hour’s transfer from the airport and is within walking distance of local amenities, restaurants, and beaches. Set on a gorgeous stretch of beach, this Jaco accommodation in Herradura is perfect for those staying on a luxury budget.

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LUXURY: HOTEL VILLA CALETAS

Hotel Villa Caleta offers sea views from its amazing infinity pools. The onsite restaurant offers gourmet dining, and guests can relax in the serenity spa. All rooms are exquisitely decorated with mosaic floors, four poster beds, and massage baths in their own private bathrooms.

This luxury hotel in Playa Herradura is set in a stunning oceanfront location. Located close to a range of local activities such as horse riding, hiking tours, and stunning local beaches, this is a fantastic place to stay in Jaco for those traveling on a luxury budget.

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MID-RANGE: LOS SUENOS RESORT

This Jaco resort offers apartments equipped with a small kitchen and dining space. All units have a private bathroom and guests are provided with a range of toiletries.

Located in the center of Playa Herradura, this is one of the best hotels in Jaco that is close to the beach and located close to local shops and bars. Los Suenos Resort offers stays for travelers on a mid-range budget and is perfect for exploring the local area with ease.

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MID RANGE: MARRIOTT VACATION CLUB

The Marriott Vacation Club is a destination of dreams woven into the tropical landscape in Playa Herradura. An unmissable place to stay when looking for where to stay in Jaco.

Located close to a wide range of restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, as well as hip cafes and shops, this hotel is a great place to stay in Jaco on a mid-range budget.

Marriott Vacation Club is a short walk from the beach and there is also a range of activities available in the local area that can all be booked from the main reception.

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BUDGET: VILLAS MAJOLANA

This budget accommodation in Jaco is very well presented, and there is a shared outdoor pool for all guests to enjoy as well as a coffee shop. All units are well equipped and have private bathrooms.

Located just north of Playa Herradura, this set of villas is one of the best places to stay in Jaco on a budget for families. Within walking distance of all local amenities and the beach, this is an excellent location for exploring the area.

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BEST HOTELS IN PLAYA HERMOSA

LUXURY: CASA LA CIMA

Casa La Cima is a luxurious three-bedroom villa with a private pool. With a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, and living space, the villa also comes with a family bathroom, terrace, and garden.

Perfect for families or groups, I highly recommend bookmarking Casa La Cima on your list of where to stay in Jaco.

Located right on the beachfront in Playa Hermosa this accommodation is perfectly located for all that the area has to offer such as shops, bars, restaurants, local beaches, and activities including golf, horse riding, cycling, and the Jaco Walk.

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LUXURY: HERMOSA WAVES

Hermosa Waves apartments are all built around a luxury pool. Each apartment is decorated to the highest standard, with a fully equipped kitchen, dining, and living area, and all come with a balcony with a pool view. Bedrooms have air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and a private bathroom.

These beautifully presented holiday apartments in Jaco are located within walking distance of the beach in Playa Hermosa. Surrounded by local shops, restaurants, and bars, these self-catering apartments are the perfect place to stay on a luxury budget.

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MID-RANGE: PLAYA HERMOSA SURF TOWN CONDO

Still searching for hotels in Jaco on a mid-range budget?

This two-bedroom condo is perfect for families and small groups traveling together. With its own pool, terrace, fully equipped kitchen, and living area, this property has everything you will need to enjoy your stay.

Set in the heart of Playa Hermosa, just 5 miles from the center of town and a short walk from the beach, this condo is perfect to explore all the town has to offer including the nightlife in Jaco.

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MID RANGE: BEACHFRONT HOTEL

This mid-range Jaco hotel features an outdoor pool and an onsite restaurant serving breakfast and dinner. The hotel boasts a fantastic fitness center, and a range of outdoor activities can be arranged from the front desk. All rooms are well presented with flat-screen TVs, air conditioning, and a private bathroom.

Beachfront Hotel is as the name suggests, located right on Playa Hermosa beach boasting sea views and instant beach access. Once you arrive, this place has everything you will need to enjoy your stay in Jaco.

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BUDGET: WIPEOUT HOSTEL

Wipeout Hostel is one of the best hostels in Jaco featuring an outdoor pool with a shared lounge and kitchen open to all guests. Rooms are simple but well presented and can be booked on a shared basis, with a shared bathroom available.

Located in a gorgeous garden setting in Playa Hermosa, this Jaco hostel is in a great location for any backpacker looking to explore on a budget. Wipeout Hostel offers airport transfer and activities, and bikes can be booked from the main desk.

Star Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️

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For all other hotels in Jaco, here is an interactive map of all the available accommodations in the region.

Simply enter your dates of stay below and hit the search button!

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WHAT TO PACK FOR JACO

When visiting Jaco, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;

  • Sunscreen – the Costa Rican sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
  • Quick-dry travel towel – the most compact and lightweight towel for traveling.
  • Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
  • Backpack – The Nomatic 30L Travel Pack is the ultimate backpack for everyday adventures.

If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;

  • GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
  • Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
  • DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.

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SUMMARY

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