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When is the best time to surf in Jaco

Best time to go

The major swell season and best time to surf in Jaco Beach is from April to October with S-SW swells. Jaco is located on the western coast across the Nicoya Peninsula, which is creating pointbreaks, and consistent waves at lower tides. Because of this good location, there’s a ocean breeze keeping surfers cool the entire year.

Most warm and sunny days of the year are expected between November and Mid-April. Although there’s always a fair share of humidity in Costa Rica throughout the year, November to April are the driest months, with clear blue skies, cool nights, lush greenery, and a cool offshore wind.

Between April and August there’s a period where you can expect some more rain showers, in the nights mostly. Because of its major swell, the fewer crowds, and the off season prices, this period is ideal to explore the country on a lower budget and have great surf conditions at the same time.

The Green, or Rain, Season can be expected in September and October. During these two months, the jungle thankfully receives its much needed share of rain.

Because of its high water temperature year-round (26-28 C), there’s no need for a wetsuit and you can wear bikinis or boardshorts anytime!

Best time to go

The major swell season and best time to surf in Jaco Beach is from April to October with S-SW swells. Jaco is located on the western coast across the Nicoya Peninsula, which is creating pointbreaks, and consistent waves at lower tides. Because of this good location, there’s a ocean breeze keeping surfers cool the entire year.

Most warm and sunny days of the year are expected between November and Mid-April. Although there’s always a fair share of humidity in Costa Rica throughout the year, November to April are the driest months, with clear blue skies, cool nights, lush greenery, and a cool offshore wind.

Between April and August there’s a period where you can expect some more rain showers, in the nights mostly. Because of its major swell, the fewer crowds, and the off season prices, this period is ideal to explore the country on a lower budget and have great surf conditions at the same time.

The Green, or Rain, Season can be expected in September and October. During these two months, the jungle thankfully receives its much needed share of rain.

Because of its high water temperature year-round (26-28 C), there’s no need for a wetsuit and you can wear bikinis or boardshorts anytime!

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What kind of food & nightlife is Jaco known for?

Going out in Jaco

Food

Jaco is known for its Strip (Pastor Diaz Avenue) filled with international and local restaurants and bars. There’s something for everyone, ranging from grill restaurants, tacos, or good coffee. Because of its many American tourists, you’ll find all the big food chains here as well.

Nightlife

Also for Jaco’s nightlife you need to visit the main city Strip, Pastor Diaz Avenue. Here you’ll find a wide variety of bars and clubs, from cocktail bars to Irish pubs, where you can spend drinking and dancing all night long.

Jaco Beach at a glance
Jaco has stunning coastlines, prime wave conditions, and consistent swell.
Best Time
The wet season, May-October, produces the best surfable waves and opportunities to surf every day
Northern Coast
With many surf spots in a 20-minute distance from Jaco, the waves up north brake bigger and make for better surf conditions
Southern Coast
Explore the beaches south of Jaco to e.g. find the unexplored Pavones beach, where you’ll be one of the few surfers
Black Sand Beach
The volcanic environment created black sand beaches, making Jaco the best surf spot to combine with a volcano trip
Food & Nightlife
Jaco has a good combination of international and local restaurants and nightlife, without giving in on wave quality
Airport Arrival
Book a flight to the international airport in San Jose (SJO), the closed airport to Jaco
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