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Jaco the best beach town on the Pacific


During World Travel Market fair in London last November 2013, organizers nominated Jaco Beach in Costa Rica alongside other prime destinations such as Cancun in Mexico, Bocas del Toro in Panama, and Placencia in Belize for the award of Best Latinamerican beach. In the end, Cancun won the coveted award, but the fact that Jaco Beach was nominated is a step in the right direction for this charming beach community in Costa Rica.

Located in the province of Puntarenas on the Pacific Coast, Jaco Beach has enjoyed being considered best beach of Costa Rica since about the late 1970s to the 21stcentury but in the late 20th century Jaco started being called Gringo Beach due to the town’s reputation as a magnet for seedy nightlife activity, which was mostly given patronage by tourists from the United States.

Things are changing, however, and Jaco Beach and the surrounding communities of Playa Herradura and Playa Hermosa are once again enjoying status as the crown jewels of Costa Rica’s Pacific coast.

As one of the nearest coastal destinations to the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) in Alajuela, Jaco Beach has been transformed from a sleepy fishing and surfing village into an international resort city by eager foreign developers who realized the sheer potential of the area. Development was envisioned prior to 1980, and foreign investors flush with cash from Dot-Com Bubble earnings were able to break ground and complete the first set of luxury resorts and high-rise condominium towers that today make up the Jaco Beach seaside skyline.

The U.S. Housing Bubble of the early 21st century brought even more cash and tourists to the area. A new wave of developers have realized that the sleazy era of Jaco Beach is at the hangover stage now. It is time to once again focus on families, ecotourism, deluxe vacations, surfing, etc.

Anyway, Jaco Beach is the place you cannot afford to miss when wanting to discover the Pacific Coast: there you will get all facilities and amenities in one place! From Jaco Beach you will easily get to many interesting areas every direction you take. To know more just read next posts about Jaco!


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