Costa Rica Expat City Guide

Jacó, Costa Rica

Jacó, Costa Rica is a top tourist destination with great surf, a 4 km (2.5 mi) long black sand beach, and proximity to San José. It offers an exciting combination of sun, sand, surf, shopping, and nightlife, with an impressive selection of restaurants, hotels, lounges, and nightclubs. As an expat hub, shopping is quite modern, however avoid late nights where petty crime can be an issue.  Nearby, you can also explore other popular Costa Rica beaches such as Playa Hermosa, Herradura and Playa Bejuco, as well as the popular marina of Los Sueños, and a broad array of outdoor adventure activities.

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Jacó Climate

Climate Type: Tropical Monsoon

Jacó is characterized by high humidity levels, which is typical of most coastal towns in the area. The relative humidity usually averages 80% +/-, but can increase during the rainy season to nearly 90%. In contrast, during the dry season, temperatures may rise above 35 °C (95 °F) in areas that are farther away from the water. Typically, the temperature ranges from 24–32 °C (75–90 °F) during the day and 24–26 °C (75–79 °F) at night.

Jacó Weather

Jacó, CR
6:58 am
weather icon 26°C | °F
L: 26° H: 26°
overcast clouds
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:19 am
Sunset: 6:00 pm

At a Glance

Population: 17,668 (2020 data)

Popular Expat Neighborhoods: Central, Jacó Sol, Playa Blanca, Playa Hermosa, Playa Herradura, Playa Jacó, Playa Mantas, Ricos y Famosos, Sol Dorado

Largest Regional City: Puntarenas

Vibe: beach, ocean, resort, tourist

Distance to Nearest International Airport: Juan Santamaria International Airport – 88 kilometers (54.5 miles) – approx. 90 minutes without heavy traffic


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