Jaco Beach, Costa Rica
Jaco Beach, Costa Rica
Jaco Beach, Costa Rica

Playa Jaco, Costa Rica

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Feb 11, 2022

Summary: Playa Jaco (aka Jaco Beach) has a population of approximately 10,000 and is a popular surfing beach and spot for retirees, expats and digital nomads. Jaco is about 1.5 hours by car from the airport (SJO). Foreigners living there have lots to say about what it's like to live in Playa Jaco. Tip for Newcomers: head to the beach at sunset to meet people.

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What do I need to know about living in Playa Jaco?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Playa Jaco, they said:

"Relax, enjoy and slow down. Life at the beach is carefree, easy going and free of many stresses. Take in a sunset, have a fresh cup of local coffee and chat with a Costa Rican local and/or expat. Visit the feria (public farmers market) on Friday morning. Watch a local futbol match or take in many of the Artify Jaco murals and local art galleries. Enjoy the great restaurants which the area offers, visit the beaches and national parks within an hour of the area for day trips," said another expat in Playa Hermosa de Jaco.

"Be ready to live, love and relax. This is a beautiful country and we live in paradise," added another expat who made the move to Playa Hermosa de Jaco.

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Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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