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Reaching Jacó Beach from San José

View of the Gulf of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean on Southern Tip of Jaco Beach

View of the Gulf of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean on Southern Tip of Jacó Beach

Jacó, on the central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is one of the easiest beaches to reach from the capital of San José. Foreign gentleman enjoy the beach town for the reputation among its women of being receptive to the generosity of English speaking visitors. Indeed, many housewives, students and young women come from the central valley of Costa Rica in hopes of having a fun vacation while meeting gentleman from the United States.

Toll Plaza on Caldera Highway

Toll Plaza on Caldera Highway

Visitors who are new to Costa Rica, or who are planning a trip to Jacó for the first time often ask what is the best way to get there. Fortunately, with the construction of the highway "Autopista", from San José to Calera, traveling to Jacó has never been easier. During the dry season, December to March most can make the drive in under an hour. Public buses can take longer, especially on routes that make local stops and do not use the new highway.

Le Loft calls itself the "lux lounge" and is a popular nightspot in Jacó

Le Loft calls itself the "lux lounge" and is a popular nightspot in Jacó

Most gentleman who prefer to travel in comfort, and according to their own schedule will arrange private transportation directly with a driver. Although costs and vehicle types tend to vary, the price range is between $60 and $100 one-way. This is perhaps the best method for those who are bringing a girlfriend from San José. Bringing a date is by no means necessary, and some CRT members often state that it is like taking sand to the beach.

Alternatives to private transportation are public bus and the tourist transport services of Interbus, which offers door to door hotel transfers. As of March of 2013, the Interbus rate is $37, and ¢2,360 ($4.79) for the publuc bus.

In order to use Interbus, it is best to book via Internet or contact by phone. The company only picks up and drops off at hotels, so you will need to know which when booking. The public bus La Garabito VII departs the "Coca Cola" terminal in San José, and its best to go in person to the bus terminal, and buy the ticket and return a day in advance. In Jacó, the public bus terminal is located in Plaza Jacó near the old Pizza Hit restaurant.

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