About Playa Jaco

Jaco is the de facto capital of Costa Rican surfing, with plentiful accommodation options and a thriving night life, but its main wave is far from one of the best in the country. The beach break at Playa Jaco is consistent during the season, but also consistently average, with decent peaks that hold up a bit better at high tide.

Source: Playa Jaco Surf Guide

Ability Level

All Abilities

Beg Int Adv

All levels

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

There's a thriving Tico surf scene throughout the country, and the Jaco locals are usually on it.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Jaco is the center of Costa Rican surfing, and is typically pretty crowded.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Average beach break peaks.

Shoulder Burn

Light

Light Exhausting

Pretty minor.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

Unlike some areas in Costa Rica, the water in Jaco suffers from its proximity to the city.

Additional Information

Hazards

Rips, crowds, sea lice.

Access

Walking distance from downtown Jaco.

Bring Your

Shortboard, funboard, longboard, fish, bodyboard

Seabed

Sand.

Best Season

Summer

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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