On the Pacific Coast in the province of Puntarenas lies the lively beach town of Jaco, which is teeming with wildlife, good waves and a party atmosphere. Jaco surf camps are some of the best Costa Rica has to offer, and offers waves suitable for a range of abilities. So whether you plan to see all Jaco has to offer, or stick to surfing, this town will satisfy all your needs!
Jaco has been described as ideal place to learn to surf and party. With this accolade masses of tourists. Although Tamarindo gets the name Tama-Gringo, Jaco attracts it’s own cohort of gringo’s and overweight American tourists.
|Number of surf spots||6|
|Water Temperature||March-July: 28-31°C / 82-88°F
August-February: 26-29°C / 79-84°F
|Swell||Consistent swells all year round, the rainy season oversees larger swells between May and December.|
|Nearest Airports||Tambor Airport is the nearest domestic airport, just 45km away.
San Jose airport is Jaco's closest international airport, under 1.5hours drive or 65km away.
Tortuga Surf Camp
Staff at Tortuga Surf Camp offer unique courses, tailored to each individuals ability and surfer level. Unlike other Jaco surf camps, this company offers several properties along Playa Jaco to house guests.
This company goes beyond other Jaco surf camps to ensure each individuals needs are met, offering transfers from the airport and various locations in Costa Rica. They also offer one-on-one surfing lessons with ISA & Lifeguard certified instructors, who are Costa Rican locals with a rich knowledge of the ocean.
Visitors can opt for a ‘Full Surf Camp’ – featuring a town activity and a surf lesson each day, or ‘Surf & Stay’ – the simplest way to travel and do some surfing.
These properties include hostels, apartments and villas to serve a variety of budgets and expectations. Hostel California is a budget property sleeping just two, as is Hotel Perico Azul which has 6 rooms and was voted #1 Bargain hotel in Costa Rica for 2017.
An apartment in the prestigious Costa Linda apartment complex can also be booked for up to 6 people and has 3 bedrooms. Alternatively, the three bedroom Casa Tortuga or Tres regalos beach front condo can be booked for those on a larger budget, which both face directly on to Playa Jaco.
Few Jaco surf camps can offer the location that this hostel can. Isa’s hostel is just a minutes walk from one of the best surf spots in the town, is within 400m of Jaco walk, and only 5km away from Rainforest Adventures Jaco. Therefore guests are only steps from a plethora of jungle adventures.
All rooms are entirely self sufficient, boasting a flat-screen TV, private kitchen and bathroom. Yet a social aspect is maintained through the hostel’s shared lounge.
Guests are free to build their own trip once they arrive. Should they choose to cook, supermarkets are merely minutes away, as are a variety of restaurants to satisfy each visitors taste. Beds available at Isa’s are in mixed dormitories.
Room2Board Hostel and Surf School
Young people favour this property over other Jaco surf camps for its social, hostel vibe. Guests can chill on the rooftop balcony area, the poolside movie screen, the bar or the on-site restaurant and meet like-minded individuals who share a love for surfing.
A variety of budgets are catered for at Room2Board, which offers both private bedrooms or dormitories, and shared or private bathrooms. Free parking is available to all guests, and air conditioning is available on request for a small cost.
Guests can either join Room2Board’s own surf school, or create their own surf adventure. Either way, this hostel is a surfers paradise! It is also the most environmentally conscious of all Jaco surf camps, as it was built in an eco-friendly design.
Solo travellers can choose from four, six, eight or ten bed mixed or gendered dormitories, with a private or shared bathroom. Guests can also choose from two, three or four person private rooms with a variety of views, some with shared bathrooms.
Costa Rica Surf Camp by SUPERbrand
Of all the Jaco surf camps, SUPERbrand is highly recommended for families. Their lessons cater to a range of abilities and ages, ensuring all guests leave as pro-surfers! The property is located in most visitors favourite part of Jaco – directly on the beachfront just a minutes walk away.
Guests can enjoy complementary extras provided by the hotel. Each room has its own patio, air conditioning, private bathroom and free toiletries. Free wifi/parking and a daily surfing lesson are included in the upfront price, as is a private pool, a safety deposit box and a fan.
Guests who fancy a break from surfing waves, can unwind on the private beach or enjoy a game of tennis in the on site courts. Wildlife lovers can relax and watch the world go by in the hotel garden.
Family rooms sleeping up to four or five are available with a variety of twin and queen beds in each. Double rooms with king beds are also available. Guests can choose views facing the sea.