Answers to FAQ’s
Arrival & Departure
What airport do we fly into to go to Jaco Beach?
San Juan Santamaría International Airport (airport code SJO) is located 20 kilometers from downtown San Jose, Costa Rica and approximately 90 minutes from Jaco Beach. With over 4 million annual passengers, Juan Santamaría is the 2nd busiest airport in Central America. Over 15 airlines serve the airport including non-stop routes from the US and Canada, a 3- to 7-hour flight
How can I get from the airport to our vacation rental?
Private tourist bus:
Daystar Properties is a company dedicated to hospitality and concierge services, we understands your travel needs and how important it is to reach your destination safely and comfortable, especially when traveling with family and larger groups. Our fleet of late model fully insured, a/c buses can accomdate any sized group.
Driving in Costa Rica could be a little hectic sometimes we want you to be able to relax from the minute you exit the SJO airport, having our reliable transportation service waiting at the airport and knowing the exact location of your vacation destination.
Please contact us for a detailed quote.
Ground Travel: Two Major Routes
Taking the old Aguacate Road which is curvy and will take you around 2 hours. This route begins at the airport. You then take the major highway north to the Garita (you will see signs for Jaco and Los Sueños Marriott. You exit the highway and will begin drining through La Garita. You will cross a major bridge and then be in Atenas. You will continue through Atenas to San Mateo. After the 4 small bridges of San Mateo you will arrive in Orotina where you will be forced to take a left at the church upon arriving in Orotina. You will continue on this main road and cross a large bridge called the Tarcoles bridge which is frequented by tourists looking for alligators. Then you will pass by the Carara National Park on your left and continue straight for another 20 minutes or so until you pass by a large shopping center with a lighthouse in Herradura then you wil drive another 5 minutes and see the first entrance into Jaco on your right, you can enter here or wait for the following entrances depending on where you need to go.
You can take the new highway that will take you about an hour to reach Jaco. You start in the Escazu/ Santa Ana area on the main highway. You will continue straight through the toll booths, you will pay around 2000 colones or $4 USD to get to Jaco. Once you see signs for Jaco you will exit the highway and be on the main road. You will continue on this main road and cross a large bridge called the Tarcoles bridge which is frequented by tourists looking for crocodiles. Then you will pass by the Carara National Park on your left and continue straight for another 20 minutes or so until you pass by a large shopping center with a lighthouse in Herradura then you wil drive another 5 minutes and see the first entrance into Jaco on your right, you can enter here or wait for the following entrances depending on where you need to go.
You should negotiate a rate before you get in the cab. Most people pay from the airport to Jaco between $150 and $175. If there is more than one taxi guy waiting you usually come up on top if two drivers have a bid off over serving you.
By Rental Car
If you are at the airport many of the major rental car companies are there and can take you by free shuttle to pick up a car. You can get a GPS to help you arrive Jaco or follow one of the above sets of directions with a map. If could also rent a car when you arrive to Jaco by some other method.
By Regular Bus
Riding the regular bus can be an adventure, and it is very inexpensive. If you know Spanish this is a great alternative to travel. Please note these buses are not very comfortable, do not have bathrooms, and are not air conditioned. The bus to Jaco passes in front of the airport about every 2 to 3 hours starting at around 7:30 am and the last bus is around 6:30 pm. It is best to call and find out the exact schedules as seasonally there are more or less buses depending on demand 2223-1109. The fare is around $4 USD and the trip will take you around 3 hours to get to Jaco as the bus will take the Aguacate road route. The buses with pick up from the airport are usually not direct buses and therefore will be making several stops along the way so your trip could take longer.
By Shuttle Bus
You will more than likely be sharing the shuttle bus with other people off to the same or a nearby destination. There are several companies who offer shuttle bus services from the airport to Jaco.This option will usually cost you around $30 USD. The two biggest and most reputable companies are Grayline & Interbus
How far away is DayStar Properties from the airport?
Approximately 80 miles, a 90 minute drive.
Is there any cleaning included for our vacation condo?
Our condominiums will be cleaned to excellent quality standards prior to your arrival as well as after your departure.
*Maid service, deep kitchen cleaning and personal laundry can be arranged for an additional fee.
What are the Check In and Check Out times?
Check in time is 2:00 PM.If condominiums are requested prior to check in time, early arrivals will be accommodated as units become available.
Check out time is 11:00 AM.Our front desk staff can store luggage on a complementary basis for those guests that have check out but are not yet departing Jaco.
Where is Jaco Beach located?
Jaco is a coastal city, in the Canton of Garabito in Costa Rica’s Puntarenas province. Located in the Central Pacific Region, on the pacific coast of Costa Rica. Jacó is approximately 90 minutes by car from San Jose and Costa Rica’s primary International Airport (SJO).
Is Jaco and Costa Rica a safe place to visit for me and my family?
Costa Rica is a very safe place for visitors. Even though there’s crime, mostly petty theft, acting with precaution as you would traveling anywhere in the world will ensure a memorable Jaco vacation. Do not do anything in Costa Rica that you would not do in your home country.
Do I need a Visa to travel to Costa Rica?
You will require a valid passport (with at least six months remaining before expiry) and depending on your country of origin you may enter Costa Rica without a visa. USA, Canada and most European countries have this privilege. For further information please visit http://www.migracion.go.cr/extranjeros/visas.html
When is the best time to travel to Jaco Costa Rica?
Any time is a good time to visit Costa Rica, so come when your schedule permits. Activities and accommodations are available year-round, but the majority of visitors come during dry season (December – April)
How is the weather in Jaco Beach Costa Rica?
The dry season (December, January, February, March and April) offers consistently dry weather on the Pacific side of the country, although there are occasionally small amounts of rain. The rainy season (May – Nov) throughout Costa Rica is often characterized by morning sun and afternoon rain. However, Costa Rica’s tropical climate and varied terrain does create unpredictable weather patterns throughout the year.
Year round monthly 24 hour average temperatures fall into a very narrow range. Monthly average temperatures in Jaco Costa Rica are at their lowest in October, at around 79 degrees, and their highest in March at 83 degrees. While 24 hour averages fall in a narrow range throughout the year, the high temperatures in the dry season are noticably higher, in the 90s instead of the 80s.
What should I pack to go to Jaco Beach? Anything Required?
Jaco is extremely casual – shorts, swimwear and sandals are okay everywhere. All condos are equipped with washer and dryer, so pack light. Long pants are unnecessary for Jaco but may be desired for San Jose or any special events you may have planned. San Jose is much cooler in the evenings than Jaco, and usually requires a light jacket or sweater.
You may also want to consider clothing needed for any tours you might desire. If you plan a short trip over to Manuel Antonio Park, a jungle Canopy Tour or an ATV expedition, you’ll need sturdy sneakers or hiking shoes. If you plan a fishing excursion or golf at Los Suenos Resort, pack appropriately. The sun can be intense here so remember your sunscreen, hat and sunglasses. Flip-flops or beach shoes are a good idea.
What is the currency and exchange rate?
The standard unit of currency is the colón and the exchange rate is around 500 colons to 1 US dollar.
Can I use US Dollars in Costa Rica?
Most types of tours are charged in US dollars and US dollars are widely accepted in Costa Rica but your change will always be in colones.
How good is the food in Jaco Beach and Costa Rica in general?
The food in Costa Rica is delicious. It is made with fresh vegetables and fruits, grains, fish, seafood, chicken and meat. The typical lunch dish is called “casado” and includes rice and beans, fresh salad, a vegetable stew, sweet plantains and your choice of fish, chicken or meat (or vegetarian if you like), it is accompanied by “fresco” that is a drink made out of fresh fruit and water. For breakfasts costa ricans have a large meal that includes “gallo pinto” (rice and beans mixed up), eggs, bread or tortillas, sweet plantains, “natilla” that is similar to sour cream, fruits and local coffee. In Jaco you will find many “sodas” (small restaurants selling typical food) that sell a full breakfast or lunch meal including a drink for about $5-$6.
In Jaco there are also dozens of international restaurants offering great food including Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, seafood and french cuisine; you so can try a different place each night and always taste something different.
If you like cooking you will find the freshest fruits and vegetables at the Jaco Farmer’s Market held on Fridays.
What is the electric standard in Costa Rica? 120V or 240V
Costa Rica uses 110 volt, 60 cycle electricity, the same used in North America. Wall sockets are American-style with a ground so North America travelers will not typically need a converter or adaptor.
Is the municipality water safe to drink in Jaco?
The water in Jaco and most of Costa Rica is safe to drink and bottled water is readily available. Agua mineral, or simply soda, is sparkling water in Costa Rica. If you like your water without bubbles, request aqua mineral sin gas, or agua en botella.
Are there medical or hospital facilities in or near Jaco Beach?
Yes, there’s a private clinic in Jaco called Oceans Medical located right in the center of town in the first floor of Centro Comercial Il Galeone, tele +506 2643 7050. Open 7 days a week with after hours emergency service.
If there’s a major emergency, you can get transferred by ambulance to San Jose private CIMA hospital that is one of the best in the country and is 1 hour away. If you have an emergency call 911.