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Jacó, Costa Rica is known for its nightlife, rich rain forest and mountainous terrain. It’s the ideal getaway for beach lovers and adventurous travelers. Surfers travel to Jacó from around the world to enjoy the massive waves, but be sure to have your swim shoes, as the sand can be extremely hot to walk on. Anyone who vacations in Jacó can find much to explore, thanks to the plethora of beaches, activities, restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Below is my visitors guide to Jacó. Check it out!
Living our best lives!
1. Hookah Nights
Hookah Nights is actually located in San Jose, but if you want to explore the city prior to making that 2-hour drive to Jacò, Hookah Nights is the place to be. They offer food, beverages and of course, hookah.
The entrance sign of the hookah lounge.
Front patio seating.
The back/side patio seating.
2. Restaurante Café del Mar Jacò
Restaurante Café del Mar Jacò is an affordable outdoor restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is fresh and pleasant tasting. I enjoyed my omelette and Tuck loved his breakfast choice that morning.
Restaurante Cafe del Mar Jacó.
The colorful seats.
3. Caliche’s Wishbone
If you’ve been following my blog, you know I love pizza! It’s one of my favorite foods, so of course we had to find a pizza spot while in Jacó. I enjoyed the pepperoni pizza we got from Caliche’s Wishbone, but the leftovers of the pizza were not tasteful. Be sure to eat it while it’s hot.
The restaurant’s seating.
Yummy! Pepperoni pizza.
4. Sunrise Breakfast
Sunrise Breakfast is known as “The Breakfast Place” or “The Pink Place.” This is because the entire restaurant has pink everywhere. They offer a variety of breakfast options, but be sure to have cash, as they only accept cash.
You won’t be able to miss this pink sign and restaurant.
Just ask locals for the Pink Place!
The back of the menu has a story of Sunrise Breakfast made it to Jacó.
5. El Tigre
El Tigre was my favorite restaurant we ate at while in Jacó. This is because not only was the food authentic and tasteful, we also enjoyed a breathtaking view of the abundant rain forest and massive mountains. We ate at El Tigre while on our ATV tour.
The entrance of El Tigre.
The seating area.
Snapped a picture of Tuck while he was taking photos of that amazing view.
I live for moments like this.
What’s better than a nice view? Eating great food while enjoying the view.
6. Taco Bar
Taco Bar is a franchise restaurant in Jacó. You can order just about any taco you could imagine and then spice it up with some additional sauces, pastas, etc. from the salad bar. Taco Bar is delicious and budget friendly.
The main sign of the restaurant from the strip.
The scenery as you walk into the outdoor restaurant.
The salad/spice bar, with a bar wrapped around for patrons to sit in swings while enjoying their meal.
All those taco options!
Patiently waiting for my tacos.
OMG! Get in my belly.
7. El Hicaco
El Hicaco was my second favorite restaurant we ate at. We had our farewell Costa Rica dinner here, and not only was the food enjoyable, but the view of the ocean and sunset we witnessed was incredible. This restaurant is more on the pricey side, but the food, service, location and view is worth it.
The entrance of El Hicaco.
A portion of the indoor seating.
The view we had from our table.
My lobster and zucchini.
Tuck’s salmon and mash potatoes.
8. Ask Antonio
Ask Antonio is our local friend from whom we bought our 3 excursions. He offered an awesome deal, as well as took us up a mountain to see a great view of new and old Jacó. You can purchase your excursions via his website or when you travel to Jacó, he is located at the Orange Pub during the day. Antonio works with other local businesses, so when you purchase your excursions through him, you’ll be giving back to the local community.
9. Chiclets Zipline
Chiclets Zipline is where we went zip-lining while in Jacó. The tour guides were knowledgeable and ensured our safety while zip-lining from tree to tree.
The main sign of the zip-line excursion business.
The front of Chiclets Zipline.
Of course I had to snap a picture before putting all the gear on.
Shout-out to Javier, our ATV tour guide from Jaguariders. Jaguariders have numerous tour options, but we selected the ride and restaurant tour. This is how we were able to go to the restaurant, El Tigre, and eat authentic food with a remarkable view.
The Jaguariders logo.
“Black is a Vibe!”
11. Jacó Waterfall Tours
Jacó Waterfall Tours was created and is owned by Vlad. He was our intelligent tour guide, who shared so much information about the forest, waterfalls, plants and animals.
Living my life.
Chunche’s is a store on Jacó’s strip that sells everything pool or beach related. We had to buy swim shoes from here because the sand on the beach is impossible to walk on barefooted.
A picture of the outside of the store.
13. New Skull Tattoo
If you’re a risk taker like Tuck and I, and want to get a tattoo while in Jacó, New Skull Tattoo is where you need to go. Antonio (not Antonio we bought our excursions from, but the owner of New Skull Tattoo) is extremely talented and has a clean shop.
The front of New Skull Tattoo.
You can pretty much walk on the strip and club hop, but the two clubs suggested to us by many locals and tourists was Orange Pub and Republik Lounge. We ended up at Republik Lounge on more than one occasion, that means the spot was POPPING!
Hope you enjoyed this blog and that it has helped you with ideas for your vacation or to make you start planning your trip to Jacó. Each of these businesses played a part in us fully enjoying our vacation. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or email me at [email protected] Xoxo BLP Loves!