The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Considered the hub of the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Jaco (pronounced: ha-ko, officially it is spelt Jacó, with accent on the o) is the leading beach retirement destination in Costa Rica.
Bustling during the day and a sizzling nightlife, this beach town features several large resorts in the area as well as residential developments. These resorts and development offer options for short-term, longer-term residents, including condominiums, gated communities, and many affordable lots for constructing your own dream home.
Housing options are exceptional with something for everyone price range and style, as well as having all the amenities and comforts that has put retirement living in Jaco, Costa Rica on top of many ‘destination of choice’ awards and lists.
Let’s take a look at some of the great living and lifestyle options…
Beachfront condos are the most prominent features when entering this hot little beach town. Beachfront 1 bedroom condos can be found starting at $150,000. Two bedroom condos for $200k, and 3 bedrooms starting at $250,000. Although direct beachfront homes in Jaco are quite expensive, beachfront gated communities in Jaco offer 3 bedroom homes as low as $260,000.
Ask an expat why they chose Jaco to live and they will tell you; great weather, beautiful tropical landscapes and is Jaco is convenient. San Jose and the main international airport, is only about an hour away on a new modern highway, so expats have ease, fast access to all San Jose’s amenities such as large private hospitals, medical and dental clinics, and modern shopping malls.
As the closest beach town to the capital of San Jose, Jaco Beach attracts locals as well as tourists. On the main street you will find a wide and varied range of bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, many unique boutiques, shops, tour operators and galleries.
Because of the number of tourists, part-time and full-time expats Jaco Beach has developed the best service industry in the country, and as a result it is one of the few beach towns in Costa Rica where you can get by with only English.
Just a couple minutes south of Jaco is the Playa Hermosa, famous for its amazing surfing. Playa Hermosa hosted the 2009 International Billabong ISA World Surfing Games. This quiet little beach village is a favorite amongst expats because it’s outside of Jaco but still close to all the amenities. Playa Hermosa is the only place where you can actually buy Titled beachfront properties and for under $180,000 USD, you can visit Jaco Real Estate to see more on this and other Costa Rica property opportunities.
For world class sportfishing and golf, the renowned Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort is only a few minutes north of Jaco. This luxury residential resort and marina offers some of the finest and most sought after real estate in Costa Rica.
Jaco horseshoe shaped bay is 2.5 miles long and great for relaxing in the sun, enjoying a beach bar and surfing. The surf is good in Jaco Beach for all levels of expertise. Surf competitions are held here frequently and there are a number of surf schools you can find right on the beach that will get you up and enjoying some of the best waves in the area in no time.
Foreigners enjoy an active expat community in Jaco. Women’s groups, cultural events, beach rejuvenation projects, exhibitions, sporting events, to name just a few of the many activates that expats participated in, develop and/or sponsor in Jaco Beach.
As Costa Rica’s most visited beach town both for foreigners and Ticos, Jaco continues to rank as a top destination of choice for retirement, living, and fun in the sun.
The Costa Rica News (TCRN)
San Jose, Costa Rica