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Living la Pura Vida Jaco  Costa Rica
Jacó  Jaco  Costa Rica
Last night in Jaco Jaco  Costa Rica
Living la Pura Vida Jaco  Costa Rica

Jacó

Jacó, first discovered by hard-core surfing enthusiasts, is now, thanks to Highway 27, the closest beach to San José. With buoyant nightlife and an ever more go-go real estate market, Jacó is much more than just its 2.5-mile shoreline. Swanky resorts and luxury apartments, galleries, and down-to-earth beachside shops create an active destination. National parks, waterfalls, and many more natural attractions are just minutes away from town, so day trips are easy. Seafood takes the starring role in local eateries; options range from white-tablecloth eateries to come-as-you-are ceviche shacks.

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AFAR Local Expert
over 5 years ago

Last night in Jaco

Watching the surfers as the sun sets on Playa Jaco.
AFAR Local Expert
over 5 years ago

Living la Pura Vida

It's our last day of surf camp at Waves Costa Rica and our instructor, Allen, has surprised us with a visit to Jaco beach. We sit in the back of the school's van and watch experienced surfers shred as the day ends with a fiery sunset over the Pacific. Over the past week, my cousin and I start out on gentle baby waves and graduate to bigger breaks. We spend several hours a day with personalized instruction learning how to paddle, practicing strenuous drills and catching waves with rugged beaches and jungle as our backdrop. We are energized by our surroundings and manage to balance our time with daily ashtanga yoga classes, power hikes, nature tours and relaxing beach time. We have learned to experience what the Costa Ricans call "pura vida," which translates to "pure life." It expresses the national philosophy of living a life full of joy, peace and simplicity with an appreciation for family and community. We are hooked.