Escape To Jacó Beach, Costa Rica
Feb 2014 25

You work hard, so you might as well play even harder. Let’s face it, our time here is short (the average lifespan is only 28,251 days) so making the most out of each moment is crucial. Life moves fast when you’re Peacocking all over the globe; without skipping a beat I’m here to tell you about your next far away exotic locale – Jacó Beach, Costa Rica.

Jacó in Costa Rica

Located in Central America, on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, Jacó Beach (a.k.a Playa Jacó) is a country that has a population of only 10,000 residents. It’s a community that thrives on the tourism industry, most locals are genuinely friendly, but as with any less developed country they have hustlers so always be alert. One thing you’ll learn is there’s your time and then there’s ‘Tico Time,’ which means the locals live life to live, NOT to work. So things get done at a much slower pace, and relaxation is the name of the game. Like I said, most locals are accommodating and very low key. The fact is, you’re in a remote location so there’s a definite rustic feel to the place that’s appealing to your inner explorer.

Region

Jacós world renowned beach is 2.5 miles long and is located within a surfing mecca. It lies between several mountains, and is neighbored by the beaches of Herradura Bay to the North, and Playa Hermosa to the South. It’s remote, has black volcanic sand beaches, rainforests, and warm ocean water. The average temps on the lowlands are 81 degrees.

Fact: In Costa Rica you live a healthier and longer life than almost anywhere else in the world. The World Bank estimates the life expectancy at birth for Costa Ricans in 2008 is 79 years, a figure unchanged since 2005. The Nicoya Peninsula is considered one of the Blue Zones in the world, where people commonly live active lives past the age of 100. No doubt, warm weather and living a long and healthy life is Peacock!

Accommodations

Go Mansion Style: You’re on an exotic vacation so don’t skip out on your accommodations, this may be a once and a lifetime event. Our hosts, Jaco VIP, provided us with everything we needed – from transportation, nightlife, food & liquor supplies and more, including an incredible 11 bedroom beach front estate dubbed ‘Casa Blanca‘. Featuring multiple pools, hot-tubs, volleyball, surfboards, fully stocked kitchen, and just about anything else you could dream of. As an option there are smaller 5 or 6 bedroom beach front villa’s that provide exceptional accommodations at a very fare rate.

Hotels: You have the choice of staying in a hotel like Hotel Perico Azul, Aparthotel Vista Pacifico or even a hostel if you’re on a limited budget, but a beach front mansion or villa is definitely Peacock approved.

Peacockin' in JacóActivities

There’s something for everyone in Jacó, it’s an outdoor adventure junkie’s paradise, you don’t have to be Tony Assholeoff to understand how Peacock this place is; surfing, deep sea fishing, ATVing, golfing, white water rafting, hiking, exploring rain forests, scuba diving, and zip lining are just some of the activities you can do while vacationing in this beautiful paradise. We had at least half of our party enjoying varying activities in different locales, which kept everybody happy.

Foodies

Private Chef: For all you ‘foodies’ out there I recommend going with a private chef a few nights, it’s a lot of value for a nominal fee. As I said we had a large crew to feed, so our hosts supplied a chef who created some local dishes which were absolutely delicious. Cost of living in general is cheap overall when compared to the states too, you can live like a king for a fraction of the cost.

Papas and Burgers: Fresh burgers and veggie burgers, a lot of quality with great prices. Try the “Hangover Elixer” smoothie and some breakfast to start your day.

TacoBar: Fresh, healthy and tasty fish tacos for lunch at the TacoBar are a specialty and highly recommended.

Lemon Zest: Mouthwatering American style food but with a local flavor added to the mix. The menu is full of unique and flavorful dishes that will leave you satisfied.

Nightlife

Don’t forget about the nightlife too, Jacó Beach has a little something for everyone. From your local dive surf bars to all night dance clubs. The drinking age in Costa Rica is 18, and there are people from all walks of life.

  • Le Loft: Upscale and reminiscent of SOBE on a smaller scale with an Asian influence. Dancing and drinking means reserving a VIP table is highly recommended (our JacoVIP hostess Maria took care of all arrangements). A DJ plays all the current hits so you’ll feel right at home. Also, depending on the night there is an open bar for ladies night as well as diverse theme nights = awesome! The party starts after midnight so warm up at some of the locals bars before heading over.
  • Hotel Cocal & Casino: Another hot spot worth visiting. Cocal is right in the center of the action in Jacó Beach, and pretty much anything you want to do is 3 or fewer blocks away. There’s an outdoor bar which is accompanied by an impressive outdoor pool area. The indoor casino is a low key setting for your inner Phil Ivey.

Jacó Beach is definitely worth a visit, many people wind up loving the place and move there permanently. I can’t say I blame them, you live longer and the warm weather is hard to resist. It’s rustic, yes, and it’s not for everyone, there are inherent dangers when moving into a foreign country, but if you live an active low-maintenance lifestyle you will love Jaco too! I plan on going back sooner than later, and when I do I’ll book it through Jaco VIP. They provided us with exceptional accommodations, and truly catered to our every whim. These are true professionals that wanted to make our stay the absolute best, whatever we requested their hosts were on-point to make sure we were Peacocking out of our minds. I highly recommend contacting them for your next vacation.

Jaco VIP is a full service rental company that provides premium packages for people looking to elevate their fun into the next level. These are full tilt vacations that involve large palatial estates, complete with VIP hosts that cater to your every need. Specializing in bachelor parties contact them for details. Visit their site at www.jacovip.com

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