Jaco, Costa Rica
Originally, we had driven through Jaco while driving down the the west coast of Costa Rica. We made a quick stop to the beach (literally just looked at it ans left, basically), and then drove through the town to get to the hughway again (but without stopping at all).
In the middle of a cloudy day, Jaco was slow and the beach was grey, so my first impresssion of the town was “eh ok…” However, we stopped in Jaco again on the way back north, and my opinion of Jaco changed.
It was night time now, so it was very lively: clubs, restaurants, clothing stores and tourist shops still open, liquor store bumping music, people cheering in bars, etc.
Pros & Cons
Pros: Beach, surfing, bars, fun night life, small town feel, cute hippy shops, familiar foods (like pizza, subway, and sushi – if you’re into that sort of familiarity while traveling).
Cons: Drug problems (so I’m told, but I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary), police everywhere (with guns).
Every night of the week, the party moves to a different bar. I mean, there are always multiple bars open and a fun place to hang out, but apparently there’s basically a locally known schedule of exactly where to go, when…
I was there on a Wednesday night, so to the club Jaco Blù I went; it was a big outdoor club, with swimming pools, right on the beach. But no one was in the pools or ocean – the girls were dressed to a T… The guys, not so much.